Waterhouse Fields Two Slipper Horses to Goldolphin’s Four
Given his past performances in the Golden Slipper Stakes, Kerrin McEvoy is expressing the conviction that he can win another to go along with his 2011 win aboard Sepoy.
McEvoy will ride Kiss And Make Up, the aptly named thoroughbred owned by John Singleton and prepared by Gai Waterhouse.
Singleton and Waterhouse had a public and fiery falling out in 2013, an incident that split one of racing’s best collaborations.
Kiss And Make Up has won his first two starts, most notably by beating Slipper favourite Capitalist at Randwick.
Bookmakers are willing to let punters on with $11 for Kiss and Make Up, though, due to a statement made by his trainer that Golden Slipper winners debut before Christmas. Kiss and Make Up did not jump for the first time until mid-February. There is also the perception that Capitalist merely had a bad day.
McEvoy feels that Kiss and Make Up has shown the type of continuous improvement two-year-olds need to show in order to win the big races. The horse has done just that, running a 36.3 second 600m gallop at a workout at Kensington, the fastest by any horse of the Waterhouse operation.
Waterhouse will also have Scarlet Rain in the field, facing the prospect that the behemoth Goldophin operation could have as many as five runners in the 16-horse field.