Four stallions, four stables, six runners is the story of Arrowfield’s representation in this Saturday’s $3.50 million G1 Golden Slipper at Rosehill.
Redoute’s Choice, already sire of Golden Slipper winners Stratum (2005) and Miss Finland (2006), has the Gai Waterhouse-trained filly No Looking Back and John O’Shea-prepared colt Shelford in this year’s field.
No Looking Back was runner-up in the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes and Magic Millions 2YO Classic while Shelford has been placed in the G2 Todman Stakes and LR Canonbury Stakes.
Snitzel has thrown Slipper runners in each of his first three crops: Chance Bye in 2010, Hot Snitzel, Salade and Saramenha in 2011 and this year it’s the turn of the Gerald Ryan-trained pair Amorino and Snitzerland.
His latest reps were purchased respectively from last year’s Arrowfield Magic Millions and Bellerive Melbourne Premier Sale drafts. Amorino won his first two starts in October and December and was fourth in the Todman Stakes.
Snitzerland has progressed rapidly from her debut second placing in Flemington stakes company last November to success at G3 level last month.
Snitzerland heads an outstanding group of 7 stakes-performed juveniles this season by Snitzel who currently holds third position on the Australian 2YO Sires’ table.
Charge Forward’s daughter Cavalry Rose completes Gerald Ryan’s trio of Golden Sipper contenders. She added a second in last weekend’s G2 Magic Night Stakes to her Rosehill wins in January and February. She is Charge Forward’s third Slipper runner after Headway, second in 2009, and Solar Charged, sixth in 2010.
The final member of Arrowfield’s 2012 Golden Slipper Challenge is Doubtfilly. Her sire Not A Single Doubt has previously been represented by Karuta Queen (2011). Trained by leading Mackay trainer Stuart Kendrick, Doubtfilly has won four of her six starts in Queensland and impressed with a solid fourth in the G2 Magic Night last Saturday.
A fifth Arrowfield sire, Flying Spur appears as the damsire of three Golden Slipper starters: Raceway, Ashokan and Later Gator. It is surely no co-incidence that all three are by More Than Ready who combined with Flying Spur’s daughter Purespeed to produce Slipper winner Sebring in 2008 – the year that this season’s 2YOs were conceived.