Smart Missile the Slipper’s silent assassin
THE Golden Slipper focus was firmly on second favourite Smart Missile yesterday f o l l o wi n g a s c i n t i l l a t i n g workout at Randwick and a favourable barrier draw for Saturday’s $ 3.5 million race.
The Anthony Cummingstrained colt toppled Slipper f a v o u r i t e S e p o y i n t h e Todman Stakes on March 19 to stake his claims for the world’s richest race for twoyear-olds at Rosehill.
Smart Missile came up with gate five at yesterday’s barrier draw and is in to $ 4.60 with TAB Sportsbet while Sepoy, who will jump from 10, is out to $ 3.20 from $ 2.90 at the weekend. Smart Missile’s morning gallop with race jockey Glen Boss aboard was greeted by silence in the usually raucous trainers’ hut after he was clocked at 33.8 seconds for his final 600 metres.
‘‘ I was aware of the eerie silence,’’ Cummings said.
‘‘ But for me it was the nature of the way he did it, he did it within himself.’’