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Golden Slipper Runners Go Separate Ways

Minor placegetters Frolic and Tulip appear to be the only fillies from the Golden Slipper Stakes set to continue their campaigns in the $1 million ATC Sires Produce Stakes at Randwick on Saturday week.

Golden Slipper Runners Go Separate Ways

Minor placegetters Frolic and Tulip appear to be the only fillies from the Golden Slipper Stakes set to continue their campaigns in the $1 million ATC Sires Produce Stakes at Randwick on Saturday week.

Trainer Gary Portelli has confirmed that his Golden Slipper Stakes winner She Will Reign Horseform will be spelled until the spring and Queensland star Houtzen Horseform is also going to enjoy a winter break.

She Will Reign 2017 Golden Slipper


Portelli said She Will Reign has come through her testing Golden Slipper win at Rosehill on Saturday in great shape but he believes she now deserves a break from racing.

"She has been up a long time," Portelli said. "She was up and running in December and then up again for the Slipper."

Gold Coast trainer Toby Edmonds also took the same view with Magic Millions Classic winner Houtzen after her gallant fifth in the Golden Slipper, her first loss in five starts.

Houtzen is already in a spelling paddock at Segenhoe Stud in the Hunter Valley.

Blue Diamond Stakes winner Catchy also requires a spell after suffering cardiac arrhythmia in the Golden Slipper, a problem that explained her failure on the heavy track.

However Catchy’s stablemate Tulip Horseform, who did best of the four Lindsay Park-trained starters in the Golden Slipper Stakes with her third after a successful protest, is set to race on this autumn.

She is set to join Golden Slipper runner-up Frolic Horseform in the G1 Sires Produce (1400m). Tulip won the Magic Might Stakes a week prior to the Golden Slipper while Frolic beat She Wil Reign in the Reisling Stakes before the tables were reversed last Saturday.

Frolic’s trainer Michael Freedman is giving his filly a few days to get over her Golden Sliper run before committing to Sires’ Produce start.

Freedman expects Frolic to lap up the 1400m of the Sires Produce but is wary that his tough filly has now raced five times in her first preparation and may need a spell.

She Will Reign wins the Golden Slipper from Frolic
She Will Reign wins the Golden Slipper from Frolic Picture:Racing and Sports

The other Lindsay Park-trained Golden Slipper starters Formality Horseform and Madeenaty Horseform could also race again at the carnival if there is an early end to the wet weather Sydney has experienced over the last week.

Several other unplaced runners from the Golden Slipper are staying in work for the Sires Produce including the Mark Newnham-trained Diamond Tathagata Horseform.

Newnham said the Skyline Stakes winner had pulled up well following a solid seventh on Saturday.

]Golden Slipper scratching Invader is set to join stablemate Gunnison in the Sires Produce Stakes.

Invader Horseform was scratched from the Golden Slipper after suffering a stone bruise in the lead up to the race.

Gunnison Horseform, who beat Invader narrowly in the Todman Stakes at Randwick two week prior, did not accept for the Golden Slipper.

Gerald Ryan is expected to continue with the preparations of his three Golden Slipper runners Menari, Trapeze Artist and Chauffeur.

Menari Horseform was relegated to fourth in the Slipper on protest after interfering with Tulip, Black Opal Stakes winner Trapeze Artist Horseform finished sixth and Chauffeur Horseform was ninth.



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