Always Alison has to earn a spot in the Golden Slipper

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Chris Waller’s first two year old winner of the season Always Alison still has plenty to do to earn a start in the Group 1 $3.5m Tooheys New Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on March 21.

Trainer Chris Waller hasn't ruled out a start in the Golden Slipper for Warwick Farm winner Always Alison. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Trainer Chris Waller hasn’t ruled out a start in the Golden Slipper for Warwick Farm winner Always Alison. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Always Alison wasn’t among the one hundred and seventy second acceptances for the Golden Slipper but further improvement over the next month could tempt Waller to find a spot for her in the world’s richest two year old race.

The More Than Ready filly was scratched from the Group 3 $150,000 Widden Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill last Saturday after drawing the outside of the eleven horse field but ran up to her odds on ranking today at Warwick Farm with a resounding two and a half lengths win in the $40,000 TAB Rewards Maiden Plate (1150m) for the two year olds.

“In the Widden she drew eleven and I just thought she would have been in no-man’s land,” Waller said.

“If you give a two-year-old a bad experience you can be six months’ behind the game.

“That was a big learning curve today because she’s never been let off the bridle in her work or anything like that.”

Winning rider Glyn Schofield had Always Alison sitting outside of the leader, the Gai Waterhouse trained first starter Clash Of Clans, in the early stages of the race before careering away in the straight to record a handy debut win, beating the Gerald Ryan trained Badraan with Clash Of Clans hanging o for third.

Waller is mindful of the stables slow start to the season to produce its first juvenile winner but he said that there is still plenty of time for Always Alison to earn a place in the Golden Slipper if she is good enough.

“She’s prepared well enough to do that,” Waller said.

“She’s still got condition on her and you never say never in this game.

“If we are serious about the Slipper we’ll give her another two (runs). If we are not serious we will place her properly because there are plenty of fillies’ races around when you can win a race instead of making up numbers.”

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.


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