Wet Rosehill Likely Factor in Group 1 Golden Slipper and George Ryder

The talk in racing circles seems to be focused on the swampy conditions heavy downpours have created, with the risk to fragile tendons from a misplaced foot creating serious anxiety for those responsible for the decision to run high-priced thoroughbreds in the premier autumn races, such as the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes and the George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill Saturday next.

Houtzen will try to fill the Magic Millions/Golden Slipper double and Winx will be after her 16th straight in the George Ryder.

Five days ahead of the Ryder, Winx is already so prohibitive at $1.15 that it will take a big plunge to make the wager profitable after bookies’ fees are considered. Chautauqua at $7.00 and Le Romain at $8.50 are the only others even in the wagering equation in what looks to be a small field, and small wonder.

Houtzen offers some potential of a respectable payday in the Slipper, currently carrying a quote of $3.80, but She Will Reign cannot be disregarded at $4.80 in what looks to be a stampede of two-year olds.

Trainer Peter Hayes seems philosophical about the track conditions and will field four of his charges in the Slipper. His Tulip seemed to do well on wet turf the weekend past and his concerns regarding Catchy, Formality and Madeenaty were more over finding the right jockeys.

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