The last two Golden slipper winners have been the progeny of stallions standing in Victoria.
Will the 2018 edition make it a trifecta?
One of the major fancies is Written Tycoon’s Blue Diamond winner Written By (raised at Nagambie’s Basinghall Farm). Then you have the Lindsay Park trained, Dorrington Farm bred filly Enbihaar a daughter of Magnus.
And finally, there is a race favourite the superstar filly Sunlight whose sire Zoustar shuttles between Woodside Park and New South Wales.
And we can’t forget the Sun Stud-owned Prairie Fire who was bred by Victoria’s Ed McKeon and family at Gnarwarre’s Rosemont Stud.
(The Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm bred Legend of Condor – also owned by Sun Stud – is a third emergency)
Save for Enbihaar, the Victorians have drawn superbly a few spots off the inside rail and are primed for what is arguably the world’s best juvenile race on turf.
The two favourites, Sunlight and Written By, come off great winning efforts in their respective races at Rosehill last Saturday.
Sunlight maintained a run of five victories since December in taking out the Group 3 Magic Might Stakes. Meanwhile the Grahame Begg trained Written By kept his career picket fence thanks to a win in the Pago Pago Stakes.
“He had a little blow, and that will help next week,” Begg said.
“He is absolutely untapped…I know once he finishes his preparation this time and has a spell, he’ll be a really serious horse in the spring.”
Enbihaar and Prairie Fire have not been raced since slashing efforts in the Blue Diamond.