O'Brien colt ready to stand tall in Golden Slipper

1Victorian trainer Danny O’Brien believes the talented colt Running Tall is the right horse to win Saturday’s Group I AAMI Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill.

Running Tall was a comfortable winner of the Group II VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Flemington at his last start. According to O’Brien, the colt will be primed for Slipper day.

“He’s a lovely colt and has improved again from the Sires going into the Slipper,” O’Brien said. “I am very pleased with him and we are full of confidence.”

Running Tall has firmed from $61 to $35 in the pre-post betting on the world’s richest two-year-old race. O’Brien said the two-year-old’s quote should be shorter than his current odds.

“I tend to think he is still over the odds at $35. He did win a Group 2 race convincingly last time and was completely dominant. It was a very emphatic victory.”

Melbourne rider Ben Melham will ride Running Tall in the Golden Slipper. The colt has drawn barrier eight, a gate O’Brien said would pose few problems for his charge.

“We’re happy with the barrier,” O’Brien said. “He will camp just off the speed and be ready to pounce once they turn for home. He’s going into the Slipper in the best shape of his career and will run a mighty race, I’m sure.”

The son of Stratum was a $500,000 yearling purchase. Running Tall has already returned nearly half that outlay with $238,000 in prizemoney.

Running Tall will be out to give Widden Stud stallion Stratum his second successive Golden Slipper win after Crystal Lily won the race for the young sire last year.