If the track is wet on Gr 1 Golden Slipper day, you’d be best to back O’PRESIDENT (Fastnet Rock – O’Marilyn).
He jumped from the inside gate on a Heavy 8 two runs back at Canterbury. Stayed in the worst part of the track and brained them.
Today, jockey Tim Clark soiled him out from his wide gate, stayed wide but a mile clear of the field, turned for Hom with the rain sprinkling down and a Soft 6 underfoot, he just kept racing on and brained them.
Chris Waller, his happy and rather impressed trainer said, “He dictated. I’m sure the others could have gone harder early and got closer but they let him and Tim Clark control the race.
“And, he’s not a natural leader by any means so that was a great result.”
Tim Clark had him several lengths clear all the way and maybe the other hoops thought he was going to hard, but when they turned, he had a great knick and they just couldn’t run him down.
He won officially by 1.3 lengths but with 75m to go he was 3 lengths clear and cruising. HILAL (Fastnet Rock – Salma) was midfield to the turn and did long solid down the running taking good ground pff the winner close to home.
CAPTIVANT (Capitalist – Speedboat) looked in need of the run.
He was off the bit before the home turn but he just kept whacking away down the straight, running about too, adding more merit to his effort.
The Magic Millions winner Shaquero weakened late and crossed the line in 5th spot.
He looked like he didn’t like the wet track and he might well not be a fresh horse.
He fails in Brisbane when resuming then improved sharply. He failed here too with no seeming excuses.
But expect him to improve.
The winner ran 1:10:99, the last 600m in 35.03sec.
He cost $520,000 as a yearling and he has firmed dramatically to win the Gr 1 Golden Slipper.
“He will definitely go to the Slipper,” confirmed Waller.
He has firmed from $121 to $26 with Palmerbet now to win the big race on 20 March.