Nathan Tinkler to wait and fee on Golden Slipper hopes
- Brent Zerafa
- The Daily Telegraph
- July 04, 2012 12:00am
Nathan Tinkler at Royal Randwick Racecourse. Picture: Gregg PorteousSource: The Daily Telegraph
NATHAN Tinkler launched a radical plan to win next year’s Golden Slipper yesterday when he failed to nominate a single runner for the $3.5 million race.
Instead of paying the $375 nomination fee for each of his 200 chances, the billionaire racing enthusiast will instead roll the dice and pay the $150,000 late entry fee if any of his youngsters are good enough to win the April 6 race.
The unorthodox move surprised officials at the Australian Turf Club but Patinack Farm trainer John Thompson said it was a business decision designed to not waste money.
“Last year we nominated 170, spent over $60,000 in nominations and didn’t have a runner in the race,” he said.
“It is a big expense when you have a big operation like Patinack Farm, especially if you don’t really have an idea on your horses ability at this stage. I rang the boss (Tinkler) and said I would be completely guessing if I had to pick our Golden Slipper horses now.
“We have a lot of home bred horses and would basically be picking them on pedigree.”Nathan suggested we just wait and if we have any that are good enough we will pay up for the late entry.
“If they are good enough, they would probably pay their way anyway.
“Our two-year-olds have been in and out of the stables a few times but we haven’t put them under any pressure.”
Horses that are nominated for the Golden Slipper are automatically nominated for the $1 million Golden Rose, therefore Patinack Farm will also have to pay a late entry fee for three-year-olds who contest that prestigious race.
Getting a horse to the Golden Slipper isn’t a cheap exercise with yesterday’s $375 nomination fee followed by a $500 first acceptance fee on October 2, $1000 second acceptance fee on February 5 and then a $30,000 final acceptance charge a week out from the race.
Australian Turf Club officials were still finalising nomination numbers last night but The Daily Telegraph understands Gai Waterhouse, who won the Golden Slipper with Pierro this year, has entered 110 runners, while Chris Waller has 47 and Gerald Ryan 27.
Close to 2000 juveniles are expected to be nominated.
Thompson indicated that his impressive filly Nechita, who created a big impression winning on debut at the start of June, would be aimed at the Princess Series in Sydney.
Top colt Destruction is yet to return to the stables and would be aimed at the back end of the spring carnival with the Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) his main target.
Destruction recorded two wins from as many starts in his first preparation including the Listed Dalrello Stakes at Doomben on June 11.