Slipper favouritism makes Waterhouse More Joyous

TAB Sportsbet has installed Gai Waterhouse’s impressive debut winner More Joyous as the early favourite for the $3.5 million Golden Slipper at Rosehill in April.

The More Than Ready filly streeted her rivals on debut as the long odds-on favourite, romping in by 5-1/4 lengths over 1100m at Rosehill on January 17, and is the $5.50 top pick for the Slipper.

Melbourne filly Rostova, despite not being nominated for the race, is on the next line at $8 with the Hawkes partnership-trained Real Saga, who races in the Blue Diamond Prelude at Caulfield on Saturday, the third choice at $10.

Rostova won the Listed Schiavello Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on debut during the spring and indicated she had returned in tip-top condition with her comfortable 2-1/2-length win in the Listed Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) at Caulfield on Australia Day.

Real Saga is also unbeaten in two starts after winning the Listed Breeders Plate (1000m) at Randwick in October and resuming with an easy victory over the same distance at the same track on January 24.

Last Saturday’s Rosehill winner Marquardt, who is also not nominated for the Slipper, and Gimcrack Stakes and Maribyrnong Plate winner Our Joan Of Arc are next in the market at $16.

TAB Sportsbet’s first market on the Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on April 4.-

5.50 More Joyous

8.00 Rostova
10.00 Real Saga
16.00 Marquardt, Real Saga
21.00 Come Hither
26.00 Indian Ocean, Melito, Zikmann, Horizons, Reward For Effort
31.00 Country Club, Killian, Manhattan Rain, Phelan Ready, Shadow Miss, Starspangledbanner, Sunday Rose, Shadow Assassin
41.00 Movie, Irish Lights, Carlton Forward, Exceedingly French, Onemorenomore, Trim
51.00 and upwards others.