Gai Waterhouse believes she has the winner of the Golden Slipper in Sweet Idea and it is hard to disagree after the way she won the $200,000 Patinack Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
Sweet Idea stretch out and claims victory, picture Sportpix.com.au
Sweet Idea won on debut then strung together three consecutive second placings including a narrow loss in the Magic Millions but the Golden Slipper is the main prize and she is right on track.
Ridden by Jim Cassidy, settled third in the run behind race leaders Kuroshio (Brown) and All The Talk (Shinn) who went hard in front, putting five lengths on the field mid-race.
Fortunately for Sweet Idea backers, the leaders came back to the field in the straight and despite being of the bit mid-race Sweet Idea was stable able to sprint when Cassidy asked for her best effort and she held a late charge from Whiskey Allround to score.
On the line the margin was a neck between the two with a further two lengths to Charlie Boy (Schofield) in third. The overall time 1.06.30 with the last 600m run in 36.17.
“She is an outside filly,” Waterhouse said. “I have said all along that she would be impossible to beat today and impossible to beat and more importantly she will be impossible to beat on Golden Slipper Day.
“Top class, the fillies have got it over the colts at this point in time and she has proven it yet again.
“She raced in Queensland, anyone who doesn’t take there horse to the Magic Millions must have eggs for brains because the beauty of going up there it gives them an opportunity to have a really good hit out.
“She did that, she earned money for the owners and today she got the crown.”
“It was a tremendous effort,” Cassidy said. “The leaders went out helter skelter and got me off the bit chasing but you have to be positive on one of Gai’s because you know they are going to be there in the end.
“I thought it was a very courageous effort because I never really travelled in the run at all, I wouldn’t say she was 100% in the ground but Gai Waterhouse and Jim Cassidy did the rest.”
Sweet Idea is by Snitzel out of the Timber Country (USA) mare Flidais and is owned by D Henderson, L Henderson, Nick Vass Bloodstock (Mgr: N & A Vass), W Cook, D Maher, G Scott, T L Vogel, B Lynton, C Brown & M Allen.
Photofinish, by ATC