Golden Slipper Day is as good as things get with five Group 1s to look forward to at Rosehill on Saturday.
The $3.5 million Golden Slipper headlines things, but there is also the George Ryder Stakes featuring Winx as the star mare bids to add to her winning run, the Ranvet Stakes, The Galaxy and the Rosehill Guineas.
On a stellar day, we take a look at all five Group 1s.
Golden Slipper Stakes
George Ryder Stakes
The Chris Waller-trained SHILLELAGH ($13.10 ClassicBet) peaked fourth-up last campaign to win the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) at Flemington beating Bring Me The Roses and Fundamentalist who nearly knocked off The Autumn Sun last fortnight. She has multiple third and fourth-up victories to her name and looks set to peak on Saturday.
And while her wet track form looks poor being unplaced in three runs on a Heavy track, she finished eight lengths from Dixie Blossoms in the Group 2 Guy Walter (1400m) when second-up and not ready on a Heavy 10. That was evident by her beating Daysee Doom and a hot field of mares two starts later (fourth-up) in the Hawkesbury Crown.
She also finished 3.2 lengths from Santa Ana Lane in the Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) when second-up on a Heavy 8 and 3.7 lengths from Home Of The Brave and D’argento in the Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) when second-up on a Heavy 8 at Rosehill.
THE AUTUMN SUN ($1.35 TopBetta) steps up to 2000m for the first time in Saturday’s Group 1 Rosehill Guineas, and I just can’t see him being beaten. If ever they were going to beat him, it was last start when he spotted the leader 11 lengths on the turn, but as champions do, he just found a way to win.
But from a punting point of view, I also want to back his stablemate Dealmaker. The Dundeel colt has finished in front of The Autumn Sun previously when finishing 2nd in the Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) where The Autumn Sun was unlucky and ran 3rd.
That being said, DEALMAKER (Place) ($3.61 TopBetta) was runner-up in his first two runs this campaign behind Brazen over 1400m at Randwick and then Hawkshot in the Autumn Stakes (1400m) before finishing 2.8 lengths from Mystic Journey in the Australian Guineas (1600m). He seemed to hit a flat spot in the Guineas and ran the seventh fastest 400m to 200m sectional before finishing off with the 3rd fastest final 200m split.
He’s looking for every bit of this trip now, and the run in the Stan Fox where he finished in front of The Autumn Sun shows a Heavy track won’t be an issue.