Chad Schofield will have his first ride in the Golden Slipper on a horse chosen by a man who won the rich race twice.
Bring Me The Maid secured her place in the field for next week’s $3.5 million race with victory in the Magic Night Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday.
|Race 8 – 5:00PM TOOHEYS NEW GOLDEN SLIPPER STAKES (1200 METRES)|
|Of $3,500,000.1st $2,000,000, 2nd $620,000, 3rd $310,000, 4th $190,000, 5th $130,000, 6th $50,000, 7th $50,000, 8th $50,000, 9th $50,000, 10th $50,000 GROUP 1
Set Weights, Two-Years-Old, Apprentices cannot claim.Field Limit: 16 + 4 EM
|1||UNENCUMBERED||Bjorn Baker||Craig Williams||14||56.5kg|
|2||JABALI||Mick Price||Glen Boss||1||56.5kg|
|3||GHIBELLINES||Peter Snowden||Hugh Bowman||2||56.5kg|
|4||VALENTIA||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||4||56.5kg|
|5||CORNROW||Mick Price||Damien Oliver||8||56.5kg|
|6||LAW||Gai Waterhouse||Tim Clark||7||56.5kg|
|7||MODOC||Paul Perry||Blake Shinn||3||56.5kg|
|8||RISEN FROM DOUBT||Tony McEvoy||Nash Rawiller||6||56.5kg|
|9||EARTHQUAKE||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||13||54.5kg|
|10||MOSSFUN||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||James McDonald||11||54.5kg|
|11||OAKLEIGH GIRL||Danny J Bougoure||Craig Newitt||10||54.5kg|
|12||ELOPING||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||Stephen Baster||15||54.5kg|
|13||ALPHA MISS||Gary Nickson||Jason Collett||9||54.5kg|
|14||BRING ME THE MAID||Peter G Moody||Chad Schofield||5||54.5kg|
|15||MEMORIAL||Peter Snowden||Christian Reith||17||54.5kg|
|16||BELIEVE YOURSELF||Gerald Ryan||Brenton Avdulla||16||54.5kg|
|17e||SCRATCH ME LUCKY||Paul Perry||Glyn Schofield||12||56.5kg|
In the news:
Oakleigh Girl has bypassed all the traditional Golden Slipper lead-ups but her jockey Craig Newitt is confident the filly has had the necessary grounding to be a force.
The Danny Bougoure-trained filly has not started since her second to Unencumbered in January’s Magic Millions Classic but has been tuned up for her shot at Saturday’s $3.5 million race with two recent barrier trials in Sydney.
Newitt has no doubts Oakleigh Girl has improved since she last raced and is confident the filly has the class the be a Slipper contender.
“I think it will come down to barriers,” Newitt said.
“If she can draw well she’ll put herself on the speed and I’m sure she’s fit enough.”
Oakleigh Girl won an 800m trial at Warwick Farm by 2-1/2 lengths on March 11 and then beat Time For War by five lengths over 1030m at Rosehill last Friday week.
“I’m rapt with her,” Newitt said.
“She has had two trials and both have been really good. And the horse that won the colts race (Pago Pago Stakes) on Saturday finished behind her the other day.”
A $15 chance in the Golden Slipper, Oakleigh Girl was a dominant winner on debut during Melbourne Cup week at Flemington before a three-start Queensland summer campaign which culminated in her second in the $2 million Magic Millions Classic.
“She has definitely improved since then,” Newitt said.
“Physically she has improved too. She’s a big girl now and she’ll acquit herself well.”
The Peter Snowden-trained Earthquake – unbeaten in four starts – is the dominant $2 Slipper favourite ahead of Mossfun at $6.
Already a Group One winner of the Blue Diamond Stakes, Earthquake beat Mossfun in their only clash so far in the Reisling Stakes.
But Mossfun has two wins on wet ground, something Earthquake has yet to encounter and rain is forecast late in the week.
Ghibellines and Unencumbered are at $11 with Oakleigh Girl one of three horses on the next line of betting.