Vancouver and Gai Waterhouse the picks for Golden Slipper   Leave a comment

Vancouver and Gai Waterhouse the picks for Golden Slipper

Vancouver remains the punter’s pick despite a wide barrier for today’s Golden Slipper. Pi

Vancouver remains the punter’s pick despite a wide barrier for today’s Golden Slipper. Picture: Simon BullardSource: News Corp Australia

DESPITE continued specking for a couple of runners at double-figure odds and big money earlier this week for Exosphere, the Golden Slipper is a one-horse race. Money talks and it is saying Vancouver.

All the TAB fixed odds and corporate betting outlets have reported strong and continued support for the Slipper favourite since Tuesday when he drew the second-widest gate.

TAB fixed odds (Victoria/NSW) eased Vancouver from $2.60 out to $2.80 on the back of the draw and has held his quote.

TattsBet chased Vancouver out to $3.20 following the draw, however he is $2.90 having dominated wagering in recent days.

“The punters are only interested in Vancouver,’’ TattsBet media manager Gerard Daffy said.

“We put it up $3.20 after the draw, but it has been one-way traffic after that … punters are ignoring the horror draw.’’

Exosphere has been solid, but about 70 per cent of bets placed in the past two days have been for the favourite. Daffy added that there had been a little interest in any of the other runners.

“We did give $151 for Ready For Victory in the original market and there were a stack of bets, including $150 each way at that price. The Melbourne youngster trained by Mick Price was backed to win close to $200,000 before it won his first and only start,’’ Daffy said.

Ready For Victory is now into $10 and has flown under the radar this week. Jockey Nicholas Hall told The Weekend Australian the horse was still “raw’’ compared with some of his more race-experienced opponents, but the jockey rates him highly.

Adam Hamilton, spokesman at Tab fixed odds, said Ready For Victory was $11 with them, sharing that quote with Headwater.

Trainer Clarry Conners has scratched Look To The Stars from the Slipper due to an abscess on her foot. Serenade gets a start.

Vancouver remains a solid $2.80 since Tuesday’s draw and is still best-backed with them.

Exosphere was $4.60 to $4.20 in the hours following the barrier draw and has been the next-best supported. One punter had $50,000 at $6 on the Godolphin juvenile last week. “Despite the support for Exosphere, Vancouver is assured of starting a clear favourite,’’ Hamilton said.

“There has been more money for him than Exosphere in past 24 hours.’’

Hamilton said the best supported longshot in the event had been Blue Diamond Stakes placegetter Lake Geneva.

“There’s been sustained support at big odds for Lake Geneva off the third in the Blue Diamond. She’s been $21 into $17 and the money is still coming.”

Sportsbet have produced a Gai versus The Rest market and “the lady trainer’’ is $2 to win the race with her trio of Vancouver, Eng­lish and Speak Fondly.

The combined Godolphin team of Exosphere, Furnaces, Haptic and Ottoman is $2.70 and any other trainer is $4.

Shaun Anderson from Sportsbet had an topical statistic to support Vancouver’s bid to overcome the bad alley.

“Forget Vancouver’s wide barrier. The punters have really made a move and he’s the best- backed runner with us,’’ he said.

“Coincidently, Star Watch (1988) was the last of TJ Smith’s six Slipper winners and he is the only horse to win the race jumping from one from the outside.’’

Waterhouse, daughter of Tommy Smith, shoots for her sixth win in the Golden Slipper this afternoon and tactics will be critical.

Vancouver’s jockey Tommy Berry had barrier one and hugged the rails when Overreach gave him his only Slipper triumph.

Berry will look to press forward at the start if the colt jumps well and take up a position outside the leader.


Posted March 21, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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