Glen Boss still keen on Headwater for Golden Slipper success   Leave a comment

Glen Boss still keen on Headwater for Golden Slipper success

Racing Writer
Melbourne

The Golden Slipper trophy during yesterday’s barrier draw at Rosehill Gardens. Picture: Brett CostelloSource: News Corp Australia

CHASING his third victory in the Golden Slipper Stakes this Saturday at Rosehill, jockey Glen Boss said there was nothing wrong with his or Headwater’s form leading into the $3.5 million race for two-year-olds.

Headwater raced wide throughout and knocked up to finish third to Vancouver in the Todman Stakes a fortnight ago, having cruised to victory and the top of markets in the Silver Slipper last month.

“John Hawkes wouldn’t be running the colt if he couldn’t win,’’ Boss said last night.

“You’ve got him, Vancouver and Exosphere and the race drops away pretty quickly for mine. After the Silver Slipper everyone wanted to be on him.”

Another Golden Slipper-winning jockey, Mick Dittman, tipped Headwater in his blog for Sportsbet, suggesting Blake Shinn had ridden Headwater “a bit cute’’ in the Todman.

Of his own form, Boss said he was riding well despite having limited opportunities over a quiet past three months by his standards. “It’s great to get another chance at one of these great races,’’ Boss said, having won previously on Flying Spur and Sebring.

Godolphin’s quartet will jump from single-digit barriers and all be given their chance when the field assembles on Saturday, but the stable has nominated unbeaten colt Exosphere as the one most likely to light up Rosehill.

Drawn barrier 10, but jumping from eight if the emergencies aren’t required, Exosphere is regarded as the pick by trainer John O’Shea. Racing manager Jason Walsh said yesterday: “He’s an untapped talent and we were just marvelling at him out at Osborne Park.

“We haven’t really got to the bottom of him yet, so he is an exciting colt for Sheikh Mohammed.’’

To be ridden by James McDonald, Exosphere firmed from $4.60 to $4.20 yesterday and is second favourite.

Furnaces, from barrier one, should get a soft run on the pace. Haptic, from barrier three, is unbeaten and is not beyond figuring in the finish.

“He is unbeaten and every time we raise the bar he jumps it. He hasn’t put a foot wrong throughout the entire preparation,’’ Walsh said.

As confident as the boys in blue at Godolphin are, nothing can dampen Gai Waterhouse’s enthusiasm — not even a horror draw for $2.80 favourite Vancouver.

“He’ll win and the most important thing is he’ll be better odds,’’ Waterhouse said.

The colt will jump from the second outside barrier, but Waterhouse said it was pointless worrying about the barrier, something out of her control. She has complete faith in jockey Tommy Berry being able to use it to his advantage.

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Posted March 18, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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