Slipper favourite handed wide draw
Coolangatta retained favouritism for the $5m G1 Longines Golden Slipper (1200m) following Tuesday’s barrier draw but the gap between her and market rivals Sejardan and She’s Extreme narrowed.
Coolangatta drew barrier 14 but should the four emergencies not gain a start in the Slipper will start from barrier 11 in the 16-horse field. The Written Tycoon filly defeated 15 rivals last start in the $2m Magic Millions Classic (1200m) from barrier 10 on January 15.
Coolangatta eased from $4 to $4.50 favourite with Sportsbet while Gary Portelli’s Sejardan drew gate seven, which will be gate five after emergencies are removed, firmed into $6 while She’s Extreme will start to his immediate outside and also firmed into $8.
The form from the Blue Diamond Stakes will be thoroughly examined with the first four placegetters from the race in the Slipper field. Additionally, the fifth-placed Semillion, stablemate of Sebonack, is third emergency for the race.
Last month’s Blue Diamond winner Daumier drew nearest the inside rail of the quintet in barrier eight with Jacquinot (gate 11), Sebonack (gate 15), Revolutionary Miss (gate 17) and Semillion (gate 18) all wider.
Five horses have completed the Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper double, most recently, Sepoy in 2011 while four horses over the past 30 years have won the Golden Slipper after contesting the Blue Diamond.
Flying Spur and Miss Finland improved upon their second-placed finishes in the Blue Diamond while Prowl ran eighth in the 1998 Blue Diamond prior to his Slipper success.
ROSEHILL – SATURDAY
$5m G1 Longines Golden Slipper (1200m)
1. DAUMIER (Anthony & Sam Freedman) Mark Zahra (8) 56.5kg
2. SEJARDAN (Gary Portell) Jason Collett (7) 56.5kg
3. BEST OF BOURDEAUX (Kacy Fogden) Sam Clipperton (10) 56.5kg
4. SHALATIN (Joe Pride) Nash Rawiller (5) 56.5kg
5. JACQUINOT (Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr) Hugh Bowman (11) 56.5kg
6. SEBONACK (John, Michael & Wayne Hawkes) William Pike (15) 56.5kg
7. RISE OF THE MASSES (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott) Tim Clark (20) 56.5kg
8. COOLANGATTA (Ciaron Maher & David Eustace) James McDonald (14) 54.5kg
9. REVOLUTIONARY MISS (Peter & Paul Snowden) Kerrin McEvoy (17) 54.5kg
10. RUSSIAN CONQUEST (Peter & Paul Snowden) Tommy Berry (16) 54.5kg
11. QUEEN OF THE BALL (Michael & Richard Freedman) Rachel King (3) 54.5kg
12. FIREBURN (Gary Portelli) Brenton Avdulla (2) 54.5kg
13. OJAI (James Cummings) Chad Schofield (12) 54.5kg
14. SEVEN VEILS (Mark Newnham) Josh Parr (19) 54.5kg
15. LADY LAGUNA (Annabel Neasham) Linda Meech (13) 54.5kg
16. SHE’S EXTREME (Anthony Cummings) Brett Prebble (6) 54.5kg
17. SWEET RIDE (Annabel Neasham) Jean Van Overmeire (9) 56.5kg
18. MILLANE (Peter Moody) Not Notified (1) 56.5kg
19. SEMILLION (John, Michael & Wayne Hawkes) Not Notified (18) 56.5kg
20. MAN IN THE MIRROR (Annabel Neasham) Not Notified (4) 56.5kg