Twelve Included in 2016 Silver Slipper Nominations

February 15th, 2016

Twelve two-year-olds have been included in nominations for Saturday’s 2016 Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens; highlighted by the inclusion of some of the Golden Slipper’s leading early contenders.

Astern has been included in 2016 Silver Slipper nominations. Photo: Steve Hart

Astern has been included in 2016 Silver Slipper nominations. Photo: Steve Hart

Godolphin Australia have a big opinion of Astern, who is poised for a competitive return this weekend after trainer John O’Shea included the colt in 2016 Silver Slipper nominations.

Trialling well in the lead-up to his competitive debut, Astern immediately stamped himself as one to watch when producing an impressive all-round effort to beat a talented field to the line by close to three lengths in the Surf Meets Turf 2.y.o Plate (1000m) on December 5th.

Having again trialled well in the lead-up to his competitive return, Astern will not be partnered by leading Godolphin hoop James McDonald in the Silver Slipper, who will instead take rides at Flemington’s Black Caviar Lightning Stakes meet.

Godolphin are set to launch a multi-pronged attack in the two-year-old race after O’Shea also included In The Vanguard and Morton’s Fork in 2016 Silver Slipper nominations.

Defcon debuted to racing in style this season and has been included in 2016 Silver Slipper nominations by Peter and Paul Snowden.

Another impressive trialler in the lead up to his competitive debut, Defcon firmed noticeably in early betting markets for the Golden Slipper when overcoming an early check to finish second in the Group 3 Canonbury Stakes (1100m) on January 30th.

Team Snowden have also included the resuming King Of War in 2016 Silver Slipper nominations.

A colt by notable stallion Exceed And Excel, King Of War was unable to match the late pace when seventh in a Rosehill minor over 1100m on debut in October, but has reportedly taken plenty of benefit from his time away from racing.

Gai Waterhouse has been thrilled with the class displayed by Scarlet Rain through her short racing career and has included the filly in 2016 Silver Slipper nominations.

Debuting for success in the Hyland Race Colours Plate (1100m) on January 2nd, the Manhattan Rain filly progressed to a particularly impressive performance for victory in the More Than Winning Plate (1000m) on January 23rd.

The 2016 Silver Slipper final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.

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2016 Silver Slipper Nominations

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 1x ASTERN C 2 John O’Shea
2 2 DEFCON C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
3 HONEYWINE C 2 John O’Shea
4 1 IN THE VANGUARD F 2 John Sargent
5 7x KING OF WAR C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
6 21x MORTON’S FORK C 2 John O’Shea
7 63 MOUNT PANORAMA C 2 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
8 425x PITTSBURGH C 2 Anthony Cummings
9 025×2 RATHER SWEET F 2 Gary Nickson
10 11 SCARLET RAIN F 2 Gai Waterhouse
11 4 STAR OF MONSOON C 2 Gerald Ryan
12 UBATUBA C 2 Bjorn Baker