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2 the form Friday, April 12, 2013
Slipper non-starters ready for battle
In a perfect world, Safeguard and Il Cavallo would have run in the
Golden Slipper last week, instead they will meet in the Kindergarten
Stakes at Randwick. "Safeguard has just been a frustrating horse,''
Peter Snowden said. "He has always had plenty of ability but got a virus
and we had to stop.'' Safeguard won his only start, at Flemington,
before Christmas and was ranked highly in the Slipper before his
setback. "He trialled well last week, and this race was there at the right
time for him,'' Snowden said. Peter Moody said Il Cavallo, which broke
the 900-metre record at Sandown at his only start, was ready.
Ruling has Waterhouse jumping for joy
Gai Waterhouse has passed a test to train jumpers, something that
proved much easier than her battle to gain a licence. The seven-time
Sydney premiership winner had to fight her case for many years
until she was granted a licence to train in 1992. She was denied
because she was married to warned-off bookmaker Robbie Water-
house, and her case forced changes to NSW law. With no jumps
racing in NSW, Waterhouse and her horse The Nemesis were given
the once-over by a Victoria steward on Wednesday. ''Both the horse
and trainer passed the test with flying colours,'' she said.
double shot at
Mick Kent has two runners in the
Australian Derby, one by the all-
conquering High Chaparral and the
other, second favourite Philippi, by
the lesser-known Host.
Both are bred to be there bec-
ause they will stay, but as Kent put
in his understated way, "They've
run into a champion."
It's A Dundeel is a $1.25 favour-
ite for the blue ribbon after taking
the first two legs of the triple
crown. In the Randwick Guineas
he was dominant, in the Rosehill
He is one of four sons of High
Chaparral to make the Derby field,
including Kent's immature High
Shot, and a repeat of the trifecta for
the stallion of three years ago when
Shoot Out beat Descarado and
Monaco Consul is on the cards.
"High Chaparral has taken over
from Zabeel as the sire of stayers in
this part of the world," Kent said.
"He just works here because he had
the turn of foot we need in our hor-
ses. He showed that by . . . winning
the Breeders Cup Turf, which is on
firm ground, and won it twice. There
is no doubt Galileo is best stallion of
stayers in the world but [his stock]
doesn't work under our conditions
[of racing]. You need a turn of foot
because we stop and start."
It's A Dundeel's breeding reads
perfectly for a Derby, given he is by
High Chaparral out of a Zabeel
mare in Stareel. Kent's part of the
dynasty, High Shot, draws on the
same line, being out of Sir Tristram
mare Queen Caelia. He gets to
2400 metres where he should be
most comfortable but it might have
come too soon for the colt. "I will put
the blinkers on him but he is very
coltish and has just been switching
on and off in his races," Kent said.
"He might be a preparation away
but this is the trip he is bred for."
High Shot won a Cranbourne
maiden in October, and Kent opted
to miss the spring to concentrate on
He has run in four group races,
including the Australian Guineas
and last week's Tulloch Stakes, and
been about a half-dozen lengths off
the winner each time.
"He has been a little backwards,
and I have ran him short of his best
a couple of times just to try to get
him to settle, but has got pulling,"
Kent said. "He is the sort of horse
which could put it together at this
trip, and we have put the blinkers on
him to make a difference."
Philippi comes from a winning
platform in the spring when he
started his career with three on end.
He was sixth in the Australian Guin-
eas and runner-up in the Alister
Clark before proving too smart for
his rivals in last week's group 2
"I don't think [breeder-owner
Rick Jamieson] was thinking an Aus-
tralian Derby when he did the mat-
ing but the breeding suggests 10 fur-
longs [2000m], and he won very well
at that trip last week,'' Kent said.
"The mile-and-a-half is still a mys-
tery with him but he is a very nice
horse and will go a good race."
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Berry back to his roots after ride of his life
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very important and it will be some-
thing I will miss when I go to Hong
Kong," Berry said.
The 22-year-old, who leads the
Sydney premiership, has a Randwick
carnival to get through first. He will
be on Overreach as she tries to back
up her Golden Slipper win in the
Sires' Produce Stakes. "I have no
doubt she will run the 1400 metres
and with the track improving, I think
she can be more dynamic," he said.
"Gai said that the Slipper is like run-
ning 1400m, especially on a wet track,
and as you saw in the Slipper she can
just travel and sprint off any speed."
Then there is another favourite of
Berry's for him to ride late in the day,
Karuta Queen in the Sapphire Stakes.
"It is great to be riding her and Over-
reach on the same day," he said.
"They have both been very special
horses to me. Karuta Queen started
it all off for me winning the Magic
Millions, without her I wouldn't have
got to Gai's and I wouldn't have had
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