Your wet track guide to finding the 2021 Golden Slipper winner

With heavy rain drenching Rosehill for most of Golden Slipper week there’s little doubt come race time it will be a wet tracker to the fore so that being the case we’ve dug deep into the breeding in an attempt to find the winner.

His sire, Shalaa, won his debut in France on a track rated as ‘Very Soft’. Shaquero’s dam-sire is Not A Single Doubt, certainly a recognised sire when it comes to wet tracks. Wet track rating: 7.5

Capitalist, sire of Profiteer, turned in his worst career performance the one and only time he encountered a wet track. However Profiteer‘s dam, Athena Lass, is a Snitzel (tick) and won her debut at the Valley on a Heavy 8. Profiteer won the Inglis Millennium by over five-lengths on a Soft 5 at Randwick. WTR: 7.5

Flying Artie, a Sadler’s Well descendant, was beaten a nose in the Maribyrnong Plate on a Soft 7. Artorius’s dam Gracie Lass was unraced but she is by Redoute’s Choice who happened to be Canny Lady’s first ever runner as a ‘broodmare sire’. Second dam is by More Than Ready. Plenty in this family that are regarded as wet track influences. WTR: 8.5

Frosted was a very, very good racehorse in the USA from the A.P Indy line, a lot of dirt runners naturally enough. But, his dam-side is ‘all Woodlands’ and boasts some extremely influential wet trackers like Lonhro, Commands and best of all perhaps – Quest For Fame. WTR: 8

Another one by an American sire, this time – Street Boss. Like his stablemate Ingratiating, Anamoe is from a very well established Australasian family, in fact he is part of the ‘Belle dynasty’. Have a look at his first few dam-sires; Redoute’s Choice, Whiskey Road (father of Strawberry Road) and Sovereign Edition. Should have little troubles in the wet. WTR: 8

Has already shown some proficiency on wet tracks, racing twice on a Soft 7, winning the Silver Slipper and finishing a nose second in the Todman after that. Home Affairs’ dam, Miss Interiors, is a three-quarter-sister to Russian Revolution who won the Galaxy on a Heavy 10. WTR: 8.5

Kalashnikov is another of the first crop of Golden Slipper winner Capitalist in the 2021 renewal. His dam, Rough Ride is by Flying Spur, and that horse beat one of the best Slipper fields on record when he won in 1995. Kalashnikov won a Gosford maiden on a Soft but ran a bad last in the Pierro on a Soft 7. WTR: 6.5

One of the main fancies for Saturday’s Slipper, Stay Inside won the Pierro by 4-lengths on a Soft 7. The Richard and Michael Freedman trained colt is a grandson of noted wet track sire Not A Single Doubt. On top of that, Stay Inside’s grand-dam is by Nothin’ Leica Dane whose only run on a Heavy (10) was his epic second in the 1996 Melbourne Cup as a three-year-old. WTR: 9

Stay Inside should have no trouble with a wet Slipper. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Rocket Tiger is a son of the Victorian based sire Cluster – himself out of a Last Tycoon mare – which was quite effective on wet tracks. Rocket Tiger’s dam won three races, two were on Soft tracks, but she was unplaced at the other five times she raced on rain affected going. WTR: 8

Bit early to be declaring him the chief ‘mudlark’ of the field but he does boast a Heavy 8 win, albeit at Canterbury. To be fair, he didn’t beat much but that wasn’t the case a month later when he led throughout (again) to win the Skyline on a Soft 6. His sire, Fastnet Rock’s stats on rain affected tracks look very good but bear in mind they were all Soft 5. It is indeed possible, if in fact likely, that O’President gets his wet track ability from his dam O’Marilyn. WTR: 9

O’President is likely to have wet track capacity from his dam O’Marilyn. Photo: Jenny Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Another son of Capitalist, this Snowden Racing colt is out of a mare by Commands, a truly outstanding racehorse, sire and now broodmare sire. You would dearly love to have him close up in the pedigree this weekend in the slop, he has proven wet track influence. The camp will no doubt be hoping there is a bit of Bletchingly coming through as well. WTR: 8

Only raced on good tracks, but she has only had two starts. Chased home Pretty Woman in the Black Opal Preview on debut then turned the tables on her and the rest when she won the Reisling. She’s by Zoustar whose only run on a wet track was his debut at Canterbury – he won easily. The dam, Beethog, was a handy mare who was very good on Soft but anything worse was often a stretch. WTR: 7

John Sargent has never really given a preference for dry or wet when asked this filly’s chances of winning the Slipper but the fact that it is going be heavy could knock out at least half the field. Not her though, far from it. She was always going to ‘get through it’ on pedigree alone being a Snitzel from an Aga Khan family (the grand-dam is by Anabaa), but from what we saw on debut and in the Sweet Embrace after that, she might be the real ‘muddie’ in a muddy Slipper. WTR: 9.5

Another one racing on Saturday out of a Commands mare – that’s the good news. The bad news is that the mare, Taylor’s Commands raced on Soft tracks five times and never ran a place. If anything, she was absolutely hopeless when it got wet. It would appear Swift Witness is neither a duffer or a muddie as she did win impressively on a Soft (5) at the Gold Coast. WTR: 7.5

Said it many times, Not A Single Doubt is a major plus on any given day, more so when it is wet. Why? Well, probably two things stand out. One is that his own father, Redoute’s Choice is out of a Canny Lad mare, and while Not A Single Doubt is out of a Rory’s Jester mare, his grand-dam is Easy Date – the mother of ‘the mother of all muddies’ Snippets! WTR: 9

Not A Single Doubt again – yes, ditto, all the above for Dad. The dam of Lizzie Jelfs filly is by Encosta de Lago who is widely accepted as a positive when it comes to the wet track. Queen Of Wizardry’s mother is Miss Hufflepuff who was trained at Rosehill and has a Heavy 8 win at Newcastle on her C.V. For a horse about to see a very, very heavy track for the first time tomorrow, she is actually quite well equipped pedigree wise. WTR: 8


2 – Stay Inside (8)
3 – O’President (10)
4 – Mallory (15)

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