INTERNATIONAL RACING NEWS
Forensics wins 2007 Golden Slipper
The 2007 AAMI Golden Slipper Stakes worth Aus$3.5 million held last March 31 at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney was won by filly Forensics, winner of the Kindergarten Stakes.
The Golden Slipper Stakes is the premier juvenile race in Australia and is the world’s richest race for two-year-olds. The race is held on the Saturday before Good Friday in conjunction with a series of races known as the Golden Slipper Carnival.
Forensics’ jockey Damien Oliver claimed the only trophy missing from his collection for his spectacular performance.
Oliver, a winner of all the major Australian Group One (G1) races including the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate, gave Forensics a plum sit one back for much of the race and fought off a stern challenge from Zizou (sired by Fusaichi Pegasus) in the final stages. Meurice finished third to round out the placegetters in the world’s richest race for two-year-olds.
Owned by the Inghams of Woodland Stud and trained by John Hawkes, Forensics, a daughter of stallion Flying Spur (Danehill-Rolls), himself a winner of the race in 1995, proved too strong as the 1200 meter event turned into a match race between the top two finishers, timing 1:09.33.
Oliver, who spent a year out of the sport with a back injury sustained in 2005, said he was elated to finally win the race that had eluded him for so long.
“This really caps my comeback,” he said after the race. “I just can’t believe a year ago I was out injured. I’m just so happy to be back amongst it and winning the big ones.”
It was a remarkable day for Oliver, who also took the $2.25 million Group One weight-for-age The BMW on Blutigeroo with a tactically brilliant rails-hugging ride over 2400 meters. ***
Sources: progroupracing.com.au, wikipedia.org, racenet.com.au, stc.com.au, goaustralia.about.com, abc.net.au, virtualformguide.com