Racing scion Tom Waterhouse believes the $3.5 million Golden Slipper is starting to shape as a race in two between unbeaten colts Profiteer and Stay Inside.
Waterhouse, one of Sydney’s most astute punters, said the reputations and race records of Profiteer and Stay Inside has been enhanced by the growing Slipper attrition rate.
Enthaar is the latest two-year-old to fall from Golden Slipper favour after finishing unplaced in the Blue Diamond last Saturday.
Unbeaten youngsters Acrobat and Sneaky Five are out for the season with injury while the likes of Remarque and Four Moves Ahead have had recent setbacks in training and are in a race against time to be fit, then qualify, for the Golden Slipper.
Profiteer dominates the Inglis Millennium earlier this month.Source:Getty Images
Waterhouse, a former bookmaker who now operates a successful punting business “TomWaterhouse.com”, said the results of the Silver Slipper and Blue Diamond only convinced him that Profiteer and Stay Inside are the ones to beat for the Golden Slipper, run at Rosehill Gardens on March 20.
“To my eye, the likely Golden Slipper winner was at home in their box last weekend, with Profiteer and Stay Inside shaping as the best two chances at this stage,’’ Waterhouse said.
“Both have been very dominant in their two starts to date. With Sydney‘s inclement autumn weather, Stay Inside has the advantage of being proven on soft ground already, however, on my figures he still has some way to go to match the performances delivered by Profiteer.’’
Waterhouse was impressed by the win of Home Affairs in the Silver Slipper and the brilliant late surge of Artorius to claim the Blue Diamond.
“Home Affairs looks a top horse, but I thought the way he has finished off both his races recently he may find the 1200m to not be his peak distance,’’ he said.
“The Blue Diamond winner Artorius produced a terrific finish with the blinkers on to take the prize.
“The task will be whether the Anthony and Sam Freedman team can get him to peak again in a month’s time for the Slipper, which is never an easy task. However, if he can reproduce Saturday‘s run, he will be right in the picture and looks a very special horse.’’
Waterhouse said Enthaar “would have to be very doubtful going forward into the Slipper now” after racing fiercely in the lead before weakening in the straight to finish sixth in the Blue Diamond.
“It’s been an unfortunate month for the Maher-Eustace stable with their other big Slipper gun, Acrobat being ruled out with injury,’’ he said.
James McDonald guided Stay Inside homee in the Pierro Plate.Source:Getty Images
Profiteer, a last-start winner of the Inglis Millennium, and Stay Inside, who created such a big impression winning the Pierro Plate, are likely to clash in the Group 2 Todman Stakes at Rosehill on March 6.
Newgate Farm’s Henry Field, who recently purchased a controlling share in Profiteer and bought into the ownership Stay Inside over the weekend, said it “unfortunate but understandable” his two high-profile colts would clash before the Golden Slipper.
“The race programming is something I don’t get involved with, I leave that to our trainers, they are experts,’’ Field said.
“We have the best in the business in Mick Price and Michael Kent training Profiteer and Richard and Michael Freedman with Stay Inside and they are doing what is needed to have both colts at their best on Slipper Day.’’
Originally published asBig punter reveals his two Slipper standouts
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