It was Golden Slipper (1200m) day at Rosehill on Saturday March 18 and what a day it was, with She Will Reign taking out the feature, while the mighty Winx made it 16 on the trot with victory in the George Ryder Stakes (1500m).
We have reviewed all of the action and picked out three to pop into the blackbook.
Rosehill Race 7 - GOLDEN SLIPPER (1200 METRES)- Menari
Out of the beaten brigade from the Golden Slipper (1200m), and one that should go on with the job, whether it is in this preparation or his next, is the Gerald Ryan-traiend Menari. Relegated from 3rd to 4th after a dubious decision to uphold the protest from connections of Tulip, Menari was the first of the colts home in the big one and despite looking all at sea once again on the Heavy going, his effort to finish where he did was very impressive. After drawing Barrier 1, Menari was steered to the centre of the track in the home straight, while the eventual winner, She Will Reign, cut all the corners on the inside. The son of Snitzel looked to be right in the hunt at the 300m mark but wobbled around in the run to the line, before eventually finishing 4th. He is set to line up in the Sires Produce (1400m) in a fortnight and should be hard to beat in the second leg of the Triple Crown for the youngsters.
Rosehill Race 8 - THE GALAXY (1100 METRES)- Russian Revolution
How good is this guy? Anyone that saw the television footage prior to the running of the Galaxy (1100m) would have noticed how badly the Team Snowden-trained galloper sweated up prior to what was his first run back from a four month layoff. Despite having to cope with a lack of fitness on the Heavy going as well as racing wide for much of the race after drawing the widest barrier in the last of the Group 1 races for the day, the three-year-old kept grinding away on the slush in the straight and showed plenty of tenacity to reign in his stablemate, Redzel, right on the line. The win by the son of Snitzel was his 5th from 6th starts with his only 'failure' a 4th in last years Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) behind Flying Artie. He looms as a live chance in the T.J.Smith Stakes (1200m) next month and will take some beating in whatever race the stable decide to aim him for in the coming months.
Flemington Race 3 - Baden Racing Trophy (1100 METRES)- Concealer
Something a bit more low key here and in one of the earlier races on Blamey Stakes (1600m) day at Flemington, the Tony McEvoy-trained Concealer made an encouraging return, finishing 2nd behind Hear The Chant in the Baden Racing Trophy (1100m). The three-year-old, who was one of the leading contenders for the Blue Diamond (1200m) over a year ago, has had a few setbacks in the last 12 months but worked home very nicely to just miss out at her first start this preparation and just her second race in a year. While a trip up to Sydney is out of the equation at this stage, keep an eye out for her in the southern states over the next month or so. Based on her return, she should have a race or two in her this campaign in the southern states over the next month or so. Based on her return, she should have a race or two in her this campaign.