John Thompson will head straight to the Golden Slipper with Skyline Stakes winner Mamaragan and he may be the only unbeaten juvenile in this year's $3.5 million dash for cash.
It is one of the most open Golden Slippers in years and Thompson will attempt to win it with the Wandjina colt at only his second start. He has confirmed Nash Rawiller will ride Mamaragan at Rosehill on March 21.
Mamaragan will not race again until the Golden Slipper in three weeks.Credit:Getty Images
“Nash has done all the work on him and even though he was suspended on the weekend he was texting me all day about him,” Thompson said. “He is in the Slipper, so I think he is best to go into it without another run.
“I will try to get a raceday gallop the week before, so he can have a look at Rosehill.”
It means Mamaragan will have a perfect record going into the Slipper in a season where there is no real standout.
“We have had a big opinion of this bloke for a while and we just had to get him to the track to show it,” Thompson said of Mamaragan. “He went shin sore early on but Nash has loved him since last year and even came and rode on Tuesday to make sure he was spot on for the Skyline."
Generally there are couple of precocious types that find their way to the Golden Slipper without defeat but this year only three two-year-olds with multiple starts are unbeaten: Rothfire with four wins in Brisbane, Gemma’s Son with three wins in Perth and Holyfield, which has won at Newcastle and Sandown.
If there is to be some X-factor for the Slipper Rothfire could be the horse. The Robert Heathcote gelding will run in the QTIS Jewel in a fortnight and, if he wins, expect his owners to pay the $150,000 late entry.
Forgotten Reloaded a special Guineas chance
Chris Waller always believed he had a special horse in Reloaded and the colt will get the chance to prove it in Saturday’s Randwick Guineas.
The premier trainer has made a habit of wheeling out smart types for the first time on Anzac Day as two-year-olds and that is when Reloaded made a winning debut. He went on to be group 1-placed in the JJ Atkins in that preparation before missing the spring.
His second in the Hobartville Stakes didn’t surprise Waller and he will have him peaking for his third-up assignment in the Guineas.
“He is very well and worked exceptionally well [on Saturday morning],” Waller said. “He is ready to fire over a mile.
“I think he is a very good horse. Just because he didn’t race for a while he went missing in everyone’s minds.
Opie Bosson celebrates in Te Akau silks with trainer Jamie Richards.Credit:AAP
“He showed last start he is a very good horse and Randwick is perfect for him.”
Waller will also have Bondi Stakes winner Kubick and Pancho in the Guineas while Nature Strip will run in the Challenge Stakes after returning to Sydney following his Lightning Stakes failure as an odds-on favourite.
Bosson keeps lucky colours
Punters were asking for the shirt off Opie Bosson’s back after he completed a Randwick group 1 double on Te Akau Shark in the Chipping Norton Stakes on Saturday.
As Bosson returned to the jockeys room, one punter yelled at him: “Can I have the jumper?”
He was hoping Bosson could part with the Te Akau silks, but there was no way the hoop was giving them away.
“These are my lucky ones. I keep them for special days,” he said.
There are plenty of those to come this autumn with Te Akau Shark and Melody Belle, which runs in the All-Star Mile in Melbourne.
Jennings hit for six
Kody Jennings will miss the ride on Bobbing in the Country Championships after being given a six-week suspension for failing to ride out Cafe Royal at Newcastle on Saturday.
Jennings looked to the outside when clear on the previously unbeaten filly and put away the whip close to the line, only for Game Of Thorns to surprise him and take the win on the fence.
He plead guilty to the charge of failing to ride his mount and with his actions costing him victory the suspension was always going to be severe.
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