Dar­ley’s Slip­per duo

Townsville Bulletin - - RACING -

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.

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