Tilianam wins brilliantly but connections have yet to pay up for the Golden Slipper which will cost $150,000.
Well, she had shown in the bush that she was talented, when she easily won at Canberra, but on her city debut at Randwick today, TILIANAM (Savabeel-Spending) boldly underlined her worth.
Actually, make that two underlines.
And a bonafide one at that although co-trainer Adrian Bott cautioned that she isn’t paid up as yet for the 2021 Golden Slipper.
“Look, she’s very professional and we gave her that experience in Canberra which obviously helped her today, and yes, we now have a few paths to follow.
“But, she is not paid up for the Slipper as yet being by Savabeel coming out of New Zealand.
“Naturally, Gai and I will talk to the owners about what is the right path but after that win she certainly looks like she is up to Slipper standard.”
And Bott would know. He and Gai Waterhouse trained last year’s Slipper winner in Farnam.
“What this filly is doing at present she is doing on raw natural talent.”
At Canebrra she led all the way. At Randwick she sat back off a hectic tempo and just went bang at the top of the lane.
Tim Clark rode her and was impressed, “She is such a sweet filly to ride.
“They ran along nicely and she got into a good position early, but I was worried about it only being 1000m.
“I thought maybe it was too short but she showed a wonderful turn of foot and she is only going to get better when she steps up further.”
Nasdaq Dubai, a newcomer led them and kicked as they turned. For about 100m into the straight he looked the winner but then he started to paddle and when Titianam shot past him, he was gone missing a place in the end.
JAMAEA (Headwater-Isibaeva) who was checked at the top of the straight, came right down the outside with a flashing burst of speed to get 2nd and her run had a big red light flashing over the top.
TESTIMONIAL (Mediaglia d’Oro-Panegyria) was getting home hard between horses to finish 3rd.
All three look like staying stars of the future.
The race was at Listed level so all three now have Black Type next to their names and was worth $140,000