Rawiller is Phelan Ready for Slipper day
Brad Rawiller is dismissive of the big odds offered about Gold Coast Magic Millions winner Phelan Ready who he rates as a great chance of causing an upset from the outside gate in the Golden Slipper.
Drawn barrier 18 in the crack field of 16 and two emergencies, Rawiller said the More Than Ready gelding was the forgotten horse at $31 in the latest TAB Sportsbet market.
“I have to say I am bemused at how little recognition anyone has given him going into the race,” Rawiller said.
He said the outside barrier was an obvious concern but believed that even if he got posted wide, the race could still unfold in his favour if he could get cover.
Trained by Bruce and Jason McLachlan, Phelan Ready has raced four times and would be only the second horse to win the Magic Millions-Golden Slipper double after Dance Hero in 2004.
Rawiller said there was no better guide to the Slipper than the two favourites Real Saga ($3.50) and More Joyous ($3.80) and a good line could be drawn through them to Phelan Ready.
Rawiller had his first ride on the gelding when he finished a half-length second to More Joyous in a barrier trial three weeks ago.
He was even more encouraged with Phelan Ready when he backed it up with a 2-3/4 length second to Real Saga in the Todman Stakes on March 21.
“There was always going to be improvement on that trial behind More Joyous and then he ran second to Real Saga in the lead-up race,” Rawiller said.
“A lot of Slipper horses were behind him that day and we weren’t on the best part of the straight.
“It is not a good barrier but we just have to cross that path when we come to it on race day.
“If he can get the run at the right time he’s going to be a great chance.”
Rawiller had experience with a wide Golden Slipper barrier when he rode in the race for the first time last year and finished fifth on All American who jumped from gate 12.
In the last 20 years, the widest-drawn winners have been Bint Marscay (1993) and Polar Success (2003) who both started from barrier 14.
Rawiller’s brother Nash will ride the Gai Waterhouse-trained Manhattan Rain ($11) in the Slipper.