Boom filly Cellsabeel’s Golden Slipper program has to be rescheduled following the postponement of today’s $2m Inglis Millennium – 2yos (1100m) that was to be run at Warwick Farm today.
The Warwick Farm meeting was called off after the track received 118mm of rain in the last seven days and Racing New South Wales stewards deemed the track unsafe for racing.
Racing New South Wales have since amended some future programs with the Inglis Millennium 2yo and the $1m Inglis Sprint (1200m) for the 3yos to be run at Warwick Farm next Wednesday.
The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace trained Cellsabeel was the $1.50 favourite for the Inglis Millennium and is also the $5.50 favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au for the Group 1 $3.5m Longines Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on March 21.
Annabel Neasham runs Maher and Eustace’s Sydney operation and she told Sky Racing this morning that Cellsabeel was scheduled to run in the Group 2 $250,000 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill in a fortnight but now with the Inglis Milliennium pushed back to next Wednesday, the timing of that race might not fit in with her Golden Slipper preparation.
“Timing wise it might not be ideal,” Neasham told Sky Racing.
“We were quite keen to go to the Silver Slipper which was two weeks between runs had she run today.
“We’ll obviously have to discuss that with Tim Stakemire (racing manager for Cellsabeel’s owner Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum).
“If we decide that’s the race we want to use to get into the (Golden) Slipper, we’ll have to consider Wednesday because it’s only a 10-day back-up.”
The wet weather that has engulfed Sydney over the last few days hasn’t hindered Cellsabeel’s work on the track and the Hinchinbrook filly completed two sessions on the track this morning.
Cellsabeel would have had a light workout early morning but when the Warwick Farm meeting was called off, the filly was sent out again for an easy gallop to keep her up to the mark.
“She’s just done a piece of work on the Polytrack,” Neasham said.
“Didn’t let her off the bridle, just a nice working gallop over a half-mile.
“She’d gone out and just done a little trot this morning so she might have been a bit confused coming back out again but the show goes on. You have to keep working them.”
Early betting for the Golden Slipper at Ladbrokes.com.au: $5.50 Cellsabeel, $10 Hanseatic, $12 Dame Giselle, $15 Prague, $17 Away Game, Rulership, $21 Global Quest, Muntaseera, $26 Blaze A Trail, Every Rose, See You Soon, $31 Fresh, $34 Crypto Tycoon, $41 Tila Rose, $51 or better the rest.