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Golden Slipper favourite More Joyous delighted trainer Gai Waterhouse with a faultless display in her trial at Randwick on Friday.
More Joyous was required to trial following her buck jumping antics shortly after the start of the Silver Slipper Stakes last week.
Darren Beadman flew in from Hong Kong take the ride which featured fellow two-year-olds Phelan Ready, No Comment and Country Club.
The icing on the cake was that More Joyous wasn't knocked about to win the gallop.
This now sets things up for punters to start managing their Golden Slipper bets.
Prior to the trial several agencies were offering $5.50 More Joyous. Smart traders would have taken the risk and had a piece of those odds now that she's been wound in to $4.50.
Of course much hinges on the result of the Sweet Embrace Stakes and Skyline Stakes at Randwick on Saturday. In the Sweet Embrace Horizons and Marquardt can enhance their chances, particularly Horizons, this daughter of Choisir, prepared by Gai and ridden by Blake Shinn, showing much of her old mans qualities. For Marquardt Saturday's race is vital - the filly in the same 'not nominated' boat as Rostova.
In the boys race, the Skyline Stakes, Tickets and Manhattan Rain could be the medium of some fair Golden Slipper bets if either can produce a win.
And what an interesting link these two have with the Slipper in their pedigree.
Tickets is a son of Redoute's Choice and has faced the starter just once for a win while Manhattan Rain is a half brother to Redoute's Choice and is raced in the same colours by Mr Ali Yasseen.
How apt it would be if Manhattan Rain were to win the Slipper and avenge the terrible luck that befell his sire Redoute's Choice when he became a late scratching due to illness on the morning of Catbird's Slipper win back in 1999.
Down in Melbourne another product of Choisir, Starspangledbanner, is on track to revive his Golden Slipper credentials in the Festival of Racing Stakes. The winner of a restricted sales graduates race at Moonee Valley in October connections must now be rueing the fact prize money from that race is ignored when deciding the ballot order for the Slipper. Also in that race is the debutant Zuko, a Mick Price trained son of Exceed and Excel. If he's as good as his trials suggest he could come well into contention.
So plenty to think about this Saturday night before deciding on those early Golden Slipper bets.