Darley’s Slipper duo
DARLEY has streamlined its Golden Slipper team to one colt and one filly ahead of acceptances for Saturday’s $ 3.5 million race.
The racing and breeding powerhouse could have had up to four horses in the race but will rely on Sepoy and Altar for a breakthrough win in the world’s richest two-yearold event. Darley’s head trainer Peter Snowden finalised his Golden Slipper plans after watching Helmet go through his paces in what turned out to be a not-so-crucial Warwick Farm barrier trial yesterday morning.
Stewards cleared Helmet to race again after the youngster was loaded into the stalls without incident and jumped on terms with the field.
Helmet was scratched at the barrier before the VRC Sires’ Produce earlier this month and he caused more problems before he was withdrawn from a Randwick trial last week.
‘‘ He’s not a barrier rogue,’’ jockey Kerrin McEvoy said. ‘‘ All he does is rear up to the side and he gets his leg caught in the next stall. ‘‘ He’s still very new, a big baby.’’ Helmet went on to win the trial by almost four lengths but it wasn’t enough to convince Snowden the Golden Slipper was the right autumn race for the youngster.
‘‘ He’ll be saved for Sires’ Produce,’’ Snowden said.