2015 Silver Slipper Stakes for First-up Ottoman

February 6th, 2015

Stamping her claims as a serious racing contender over her maiden preparation in spring, trainer John O’Shea has revealed classy two-year-old Ottoman is in great condition and will return to racing in the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on February 21st.

Ottoman will return to racing in the 2015 Silver Slipper Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

Ottoman will return to racing in the 2015 Silver Slipper Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

Yet to taste anything but success over her short racing tenure, Ottoman returned to the paddock following an exceptional performance for victory in the TAB Multi Plate (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens on December 20th; overcoming a notably talented field including the likes of Miss Idyllic.

Thrilled with the way the Exceed And Excel filly has taken to racing so far, O’Shea was impressed with a Friday morning hit-out completed by the two-year-old on Friday and confirmed she will completed a barrier trial on Monday morning before resuming in the 2015 Silver Slipper; a race won by Mossfun on the way to success in the major Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) in 2014.

“James (McDonald) came out and we had a jump-out here at Osbourne,” O’shea told Racing Ahead.

“Very happy with her – her main tone of fitness is really well. She’s nice and relaxed in the gates and jumped out well.

“She’ll trial on Monday and then resume a fortnight later in the Silver Slipper.”

Taking out a strong Warwick Farm trial prior to her competitive debut, Ottoman jumped from the gates only fairly in the TAB Multi Plate and was forced to settle well within the pack of thirteen.

Finding a good rhythm over the late stages of the back straight and rounding the bend, jockey James McDonald pressed Ottoman forward to find a clear racing line upon reaching the final straight.

Steadily spooling up, the filly out of Byzantine charged forward; hitting the fore of the pack with 150m to run and hitting the line a comfortable head in the clear of Miss Idyllic.

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While markets for the 2015 Silver Slipper Stakes are yet to be released, Ottoman currently rates as a generous $8 chance for success in the Golden Slipper; figuring as sole occupant of the second line of betting with Ladbrokes.com.au.

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