Gai Waterhouse tightened her grip on this year’s Golden Slipper after Amelia’s Dream destroyed the field in the Aus$200,000 Group 2 IAHP - Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
The writing has been on the wall for just over two weeks after the Redoute’s Choice filly scored a massive nine and a quarter length debut win at Canterbury and clearly punters expected a repeat performance as she was sent out a AUS$1.45 favourite with bookmakers and AUS$1.60 with NSWTAB.
From barrier one with Nash Rawiller aboard, Amelia’s Dream was driven hard to hold a commanding lead early in the peace and unfortunately for the rest of the field that would be as close as they got.
Rounding the turn Rawiller gave her one on the rump as a reminder and from there the star filly raced clear to score by six and three quarter lengths from Hips Don’t Lie with a further three quarters to Glowlamp. The overall time was a race record 1.02.9 which was previously held by Gai Waterhouse’s 2001 Golden Slipper runner-up Excellerator.
The filly has strung together two of the most dominant two-year-old performances seen anywhere for many a year and clearly has the Golden Slipper at her mercy.
Despite saddling up plenty of handy two-year-olds in the past, Gai Waterhouse was clearly ecstatic with the performance.
“Awesome filly, awesome jockey, awesome trainer … Whoa trifecta,” Waterhouse cheered.
“I told him to ride her aggressively; ‘if you want to win this 1100m Silver Slipper I want you to drive the filly from the barriers, no carrying on and from there it will be a lay down mazaire’.”
Similarly, Rawiller was also full of praise upon returning to scale.
“I think Gai was still a little apprehensive before today, but I’ve had so much confidence in this filly since I jumped her out. I think she just showed how good she was today.” Rawiller said.
“Bad luck was the only thing that was going to beat her, she is a filly who has a high cruising speed and she has a stride that covers a lot of ground and she does it effortlessly. I just tried to take advantage of that.”
Out of the St Covet mare Shalt Not, herself a black type winner as a two-year-old, Amelia’s Dream is owned by R Pegum and has now amassed $148,950 from two starts.
If Gai Waterhouse’s juvenile credentials weren’t strong enough, within the hour another of her leading fillies, She’s Meaner, scored a dominant win in the $150,000 Listed Pine Valley T.J. Smith Slipper (1200m) at Doomben.
In what was a scintillating Magic Millions trial, She’s Meaner jumped well to lead early and in similar fashion to her stablemate, she reached the straight and put a big gap on her rivals in the raced named after legendary trainer and Waterhouse’s late father, T.J. Smith.
Extract by Glenn Moore from Thoroughbred News