Trainer Thompson Strength in Numbers Philosophy Chasing Slipper

A case of quantity overriding quality would seem to behind thoroughbred trainer John Thompson fielding eight of his two-year-olds at Rosehill on Saturday in the pursuit of a spot in the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes the following Saturday.

One race he will be flooding at Rosehill is the Magic Night Stakes, even though the 1200 m sprint for 2YO fillies has slipped back to Group 3 status after managing to hold onto Group 2 from 1986 until last year.

Thompson’s best in that race will be Sweet Deal. She will be joined by Meliboea, Greater Good, Pellegrina and Smooth Landing.

For his colts, Thompson has the Pago Pago Stakes. Some sources say the race is Group 3, others Group 2, but our most authoritative source lists the race as Group 3, so we will go with that. Thompson will have Destiny’s choice, All Day and Thy Kingdom Come.

Considering that he has just 21 two-year-olds in his care, it is a big commitment to run eight, but Thompson seems to desire a slot in the Group 1 Golden Slipper so badly that he is running in force, despite the fact that any of his horses that qualify will have only a week to get ready.

Thompson has never had a horse in the Slipper and even if he does succeed in earning a spot from Rosehill’s meeting, it will be the horses’ owners who will make the final decision.

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