Today’s barrier draw may have left some punters downcast after the top two Golden Slipper fancies, Houtzen and She Will Reign fared poorly, but fear not don’t look to lay-off just yet.
Read Sportsbet.com.au‘s review of the draw and field.
If the field stays intact, Houtzen will jump from barrier 14 and She Will Reign will line-up in barrier 11 in the 16-horse field at Rosehill. A wide barrier, from the 1200m start certainly makes it tougher, but not impossible to win.
There is also the prospect of a rain-affected track. If conditions are similar to the Heavy 9 at Randwick earlier this month, then a wider gate would be an advantage.
The Michael Freedman trained Frolic cemented her place in the field when she finished on the outside fence to win the Reisling Stakes, beating She Will Reign.
On the same day, a barrier closer to the fence probably cost Chautauqua victory in the BMW Stakes, because he couldn’t get wide enough quick enough.
Phelan Ready won the 2009 Slipper from barrier 16, coincidentally on a heavy 10. Vancouver (2015) is the only other horse to win from the outside.
The rails draw has been the most successful gate, supplying nine winners since the first Slipper in 1957. Menari starts from the rails on Saturday.
No horse has won from barrier 13, so Invader is the horse attempting to break the duck.
Capitalist won last year’s Slipper from barrier two. He is also one of only three horses to win the Magic Millions-Golden Slipper double.
This year’s Magic Millions winner Houtzen, who jumped from the outside barrier to win the Classic, is striving to become the first filly to complete the double.
The David Hayes-Tom Dabernig trained filly Catchy is also attempting a rare double. The Blue Diamond winner will join John’s Hope (1972), Manikato (1978), Bounding Away (1986) and Courtza (1989) if she can win on remain unbeaten on Saturday.
When experts talk about the chances of various runners the over used “maps well” often comes into the summation. It should be a throw-away line for the Slipper.
With with 16 juveniles tackling the world’s richest two-year-old race, hungry jockeys, weather, track condition, barriers all become a factor, so anything can and probably will happen.
Golden Slipper Barrier Draw
No, Horse, Barrier
1, Pariah, 4
2, Veranillo, 11
3, Trapeze Artist, 5
4, Single Bullet, 3
5, Diamond Tathagata, 7
6, Trekking, 18
7, Invader, 15
8, Menari, 1
9, Catchy, 8
10, Formality, 2
11, Tulip, 10
12, She Will Reign, 13
13, Frolic, 17
14, Teaspoon, 14
15, Houtzen, 16
16, Madeenaty, 9
17, Chauffeur (1E), 19
18, Showtime (2E), 6
19 The Mission (3E), 12