Slipper Barrier Draw
Golden Slipper jockeys were generally happy with Tuesday’s barrier draw ahead of Saturday’s $3.5 million showpiece at Rosehill.
Chris Munce’s mount Delago Bolt drew barrier one for the Slipper and while it’s a gate which has been kind to the jockey in the past, he is not taking anything for granted.
Munce has won the world’s richest race for juveniles twice courtesy of Prowl in 1998 and Dance Hero in 2004.
When he won on Prowl it was from barrier one.
"It’s one thing to have the inside gate but it’s another to make sure you take advantage of it," Munce said.
"I can’t just turn up expecting everything to work out, the horse needs a clean break otherwise he’ll get into a very tricky spot."
The Gary Portelli-trained colt charged home with a blistering run to win the Black Opal Stakes at Canberra last start on March 8 after jumping from barrier 11 of 13.
"He showed how versatile he is last time out and I know that if he does jump well I can pretty much put him wherever he feels comfortable," Munce said.
"All the speed in the race is out wide, so that’s certainly to our advantage."
TAB Sportsbet has Delago Bolt at $21.
Real Saga, the $3.50 favourite, drew barrier 13 while $3.80 second elect More Joyous has gate 12.
Jockey Peter Robl isn’t bothered that Marquardt, a $41 chance, has drawn barrier 16.
"The wide gate doesn’t worry her as much as it would others because she’ll be given a quiet ride anyway," Robl said.
Nash Rawiller said he couldn’t be happier after the Gai Waterhouse-trained Manhattan Rain drew barrier five.
"I’m rapt in the draw and the horse is spot-on too," Rawiller said.
The Gerald Ryan-trained Silver Slipper winner Melito ($21) has barrier 11 and jockey Danny Nikolic said it could have been worse.
"With the favourites drawn out wide it’s not too bad, provided my horse gets cover she will run a race," Nikolic said.
Leading hoop Hugh Bowman was thrilled with Indian Ocean’s barrier two.
"What can I say but that I’m very happy with the draw, she’s racing well and has a big chance from the alley," Bowman said.
The Tim Martin-trained Indian Ocean is rated a $26 chance and comes into the race after a slashing win in the Group Two Magic Night Stakes at Rosehill last Saturday.
By Russell Jackson