Sticky draws for Slipper Duo; Weekend Preview

Our two-best two-year olds, Dubious and Loving Gaby, are set to go head to head for the first time on the racetrack in the $3.5M Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday.

Both have drawn the carpark but after a week and a half of rain falling in Sydney, the outside might be the place to be, come race seven.

Dubious hasn’t missed a beat since he returned to work after his Magic Millions tilt and will have taken a good amount of improvement since his third placing in the Todman Stakes a couple of weeks ago.

Loving Gaby has had a big break between runs but is still very fit and well.

She worked well alongside Dubious during the week and the outside gate might work in her favour as she is a big girl who needs plenty of galloping room.

Dubious will be ridden by Michael Walker from barrier 16 and Loving Gaby will be ridden by Oisin Murphy from barrier 15.

Earlier in the day at Rosehill we have Big Blue running in the Group 3 N E Manion Cup over 2400m.

He has travelled up well to Sydney and will relish the wet ground.

He is on a Sydney Cup and Warrnambool Hurdle carnival path, so we are just looking to see him run well and hit the line strong.

Jay Ford takes the ride from barrier three.

We then have Nights Watch running in the Group 1 2000m Ranvent Stakes.

He was disappointing in the Australian Cup so he will need to bounce back to win but we think he has come on fitness-wise again and could run a good race.

Ben Melham takes the ride from barrier nine.

On Friday night at Moonee Valley we have Yulong January running in the Emma Boiling Plate over 1200m.

He was disappointing in the Canberra Guineas and we still haven’t found an explanation for that performance but he has good form over 1200m, and this is a weaker race so we think he will run well.

Mark Zahra rides from barrier one.

We then have The Closer and Etana running in the Group 3 Alexandra Stakes over 1600.

Both fillies ran very well at Flemington last start, particularly Etana who raced three-wide with no cover for the entire trip and still managed to hold on for fifth.

They both came through that run well and will appreciate the step up to 1600m so we think they can both run well.

Mark Zahra will take the ride on The Closer from barrier three and Linda Meech rides Etana from barrier eight.

We then have the old warrior Voodoo Lad running in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes over 1200m.

He was disappointing in the Newmarket Handicap and is another one that needs to bounce back to form to win.

We’ve put the blinkers on him to hopefully spark him up a bit and he has good form at Moonee Valley so we are hopeful he can bounce back to his best and run well.

Ben Melham takes the ride from barrier seven.

In the final event of the night, the Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m), we have Naantali and Kenedna.

Naantali has had a super preparation and is holding her form very well.

She was gallant a Flemington last start and she has won over this track and distance so we are hopeful she can run well again and earn some more black type.

Kenedna got through the line well at her first start with us and we have put the blinkers back on her so we think she can also run a nice race.

Naantali will be ridden by Damian Lane, who knows her well, from barrier seven and Kenedna will be ridden by John Allen from barrier 10.

On Saturday at Mornington we have a nice hand of runners with the first being Kaching in a 1600m handicap.

He has been running well this preparation without winning but has drawn a poor barrier so he will need some luck, but we think he will run well.

Stable apprentice Teo Nugent will take the ride from barrier 12.

We then have talented colt Star Fall running in a 1000m handicap.

He is going well and has good fresh form winning over this distance first-up last campaign.

He is a horse on the rise, and we think he will run very well.

Liam Riordan takes the ride from barrier six.

We then have Enigman running in a 1200m handicap.

He has had his normal freshen up between runs and looks very well.

He galloped very well at Moonee Valley on Monday and we think he will be hard to beat with Teo Nugent on board from barrier five.

In the 2000m handicap, our main chance would have to be Thunder Cloud.

He won well first-up for us and ran a gallant third at Flemington last start which he seems to have come through well.

This looks to be a weaker field so we think with the right run, he will run a good race.

Michael Dee rides from barrier seven.

We then have Bons Away running in the 1200m Hareeba Stakes.

He had no luck at Flemington in the Newmarket handicap and this race is a major step down in grade.

He looks fantastic and has been working very well at home although he has drawn poorly and will need a lot of luck in the run.

He is the class horse of the field so we think he will still run a good race.

Linda Meech will ride from barrier 16.

Our final runner at Mornington will be last start winner Esthetic in the 1600m Stellar Guineas.

He is a horse that is improving and he is fit and well and should run a good race.

Linda Meech will take the ride from gate five.