Seven Confirmed in 2016 Silver Slipper Stakes Field

February 17th, 2016

Only seven runners have been confirmed in the 2016 Silver Slipper Stakes field; highlighted by the inclusion of some of the Autumn Carnival’s most exciting two-year-olds and several leading Golden Slipper chances.

Astern has been confirmed in the 2016 Silver Slipper Stakes field. Photo: Steve Hart

Astern has been confirmed in the 2016 Silver Slipper Stakes field. Photo: Steve Hart

Defcon has stamped himself as one to watch through only one competitive appearance so far and has been confirmed by trainers Peter and Paul Snowden in the 2016 Silver Slipper Stakes final field.

Trialling well in the lead-up to his competitive debut, Defcon immediately announced himself to the Australian racing community when overcoming a luckless run in transit to finish a close second in the Group 3 Canonbury Stakes (1100m) on January 30th.

Yet to have a jockey confirmed for the ride, Defcon may need luck in running in the Silver Slipper after drawing the outside barrier 7.

Team Snowden will launch a two-pronged attack on the two-year-old feature race after also confirming King Of War in the Silver Slipper field.

Debuting for seventh in a Rosehill minor over 1100m in late October, King Of War has trialled well amongst good company leading into his return on Saturday.

Trainer John O’Shea has a big opinion of Astern and has confirmed the colt in the 2016 Silver Slipper field.

Beating a number of notable gallopers to the line in a strong Rosehill barrier trial prior to his competitive debut, Astern mustered a huge turn of foot in the final straight at Randwick to win the Surf Meets Turf 2.y.o Plate (1000m) on December 5th by close to three lengths.

The Medaglia D’oro colt will leave from barrier 5 this weekend and should receive a gem of a ride from leading hoop Hugh Bowman.

The Team Hawkes-trained Mount Panorama has improved greatly through two career starts and could receive the run of the race in the Silver Slipper from the rails draw.

Running sixth in a Randwick minor over 1100m first-up on January 16th, the Sebring colt made a competitive transition to black type company when third in the Canonbury Stakes most recently.

Rafha’s Choice (barrier 6), Pittsburgh (barrier 3) and the Gary Nickson-trained Rather Sweet (barrier 4) complete the 2016 Silver Slipper Stakes field.

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2016 Silver Slipper Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 1170 RAFHA’S CHOICE Bede Murray 6 56.5kg
2 1x ASTERN John O’Shea Hugh Bowman 5 56.5kg
3 2 DEFCON Peter & Paul Snowden 7 56.5kg
4 425x PITTSBURGH Anthony Cummings Jason Collett 3 56.5kg
5 63 MOUNT PANORAMA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 1 56.5kg
6 7x KING OF WAR Peter & Paul Snowden 2 56.5kg
7 025×2 RATHER SWEET Gary Nickson Ms Winona Costin (a) 4 54.5kg