It’s the most highly-anticipated race of the Autumn Carnival each year and we’re going to be treated to a particularly exciting edition of the world’s richest two-year-old race at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
Godolphin have more winning chances than the Kim family have had in North Korean elections since the 50s, but how funny would it be to see something else get the chocolates? Not very, if my tips are anything to go by.
If the Coolmore Classic was a dartboard, then this is a roulette wheel. Regardless, you can find our 2019 Golden Slipper Tips below.
People who say that the Melbourne Cup barrier draw makes all the difference are wrong. A two-year-old race over 1200m, however – it certainly has an impact. The undefeated Tenley picked marble 6 at this morning’s draw and for mine, that puts her straight to the top of the Golden Slipper first four. She just got there on debut in November but has returned to the track in outstanding nick this time and has taken two wins from as many starts, including the Group 2 Reisling a fortnight ago. With J-Mac in the saddle, she looks bloody tough to beat.
I reckon Bruce has almost gone one of the all-time early crows when he said something along the lines of ‘we won’t see the Golden Slipper winner come out of the Pago Pago’ last weekend. Cosmic Force’s bullish win minutes later could not have been more impressive and importantly, it was on heavy going. Mark Zahra must have had issues standing up when he heard that James McDonald was jumping off to ride Tenley – what a pick up!
The rails draw is not ideal at Rosehill, but Hugh Bowman is ideal and so is Microphone’s obvious ability. Three wins and a close-up second is how the ledger currently reads for this son of Exceed And Excel and I really liked the way he hit the line to win the Group 2 Skyline a fortnight ago – his first look at the Sydney way of going. The heavy is the query, but he’s rock-hard fit and a live chance.
Drawn bloody terribly, but a simply outstanding filly and with appropriate luck, she would not look out of place in the Golden Slipper winner’s stall. She was an easy winner of the Magic Millions after a very handy lead-up prep, and her run for second behind the fit Tenley in the Reisling after a freshen-up suggested that she’s in for another big performance on Saturday. Her mother ran third behind Pierro and Snitzerland in this race and I think that Exhilarates can record a similar result.