Gai has two hopes for Golden Slipper
LEADING Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse will rely on colts Law and Valentia to give her a third consecutive Golden Slipper victory in Saturday's $3.5 million two-year-old classic at Rosehill.
Waterhouse has won the race five times, including the past two runnings with Pierro (2012) and Overreach (2013).
Law impressed on debut in October last year, taking out the Listed Breeders Plate (1000m) at Randwick, the same race Pierro used to start his two-year-old campaign.
Stable representative Mark Newnham said while the son of Denman was yet to race beyond 1100m, the extra 100m of Saturday's race should present no problems.
"The Breeders' Plate form is always strong going into this race," Newnham told racenet.com.au
"He just wasn't suited by a wet track second-up.
"He's going into the Slipper on fresh legs after a nice trial there to keep him fit - there might be a gear change for him on Saturday with a cross over noseband." Law was quoted at $51 with Tattsbet yesterday, while stablemate Valentia was also an outsider at $29.
The son of boom sire Fastnet Rock debuted with a third to Rubick over 1000m at Randwick on January 26, before notching up back-to-back wins over 1200m at Randwick on February 22 and March 15.
Newnham said while the colt would be better served over longer trips than the 1200m of the Slipper, he believed Valentia was a better chance then the odds suggested.
"He hit the front a long way from home last time and thought the job was done," Newnham said.
"I'm sure he will have more to offer when there is something better to chase.
"I think he's probably been a little bit underestimated because he's the type of horse that only wins as he has to, but I think he will rise to the opposition," Newnham added.
Newnham said it was possible the horse could back up in the Group One Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday week, and also in the third leg of the triple crown, the Group One Champagne Stakes (1600m) at the same track two weeks after that.
Tommy Berry will partner Valentia on Saturday while Tim Clark will ride Law.