Queensland filly Doubtfilly will take her place in Saturday’s Group 1 $3.5m AAMI Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill after connections paid the late entry fee to secure a start.
Trainer Stuart Kendrick said Doubtfilly’s owners agreed to pay the $150,000 late entry fee to have a once in a lifetime Golden Slipper runner after she ran an honest race when fourth to Ichihara in the Group 2 $175,000 Mondial Pink Diamond Magic Night Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill last Saturday.
“For the owners it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to have a runner in the Golden Slipper,” Kendrick said.
“At the end of the day she’s earned more than $330,000 in prizemoney and there’s a huge group of them, which makes it easier to pay these kinds of fees.”
The Not A Single Doubt filly only cost $17,500 at the Magic Millions QTIS 600 yearling Sales last year and has already rewarded her owners with over $300,000, mainly through the QTIS 600 bonus scheme.
Doubtfilly will be lining up against some of the best bred two year olds in the country, and possibly Black Caviar’s half brother All Too Hard who cost over $1m as a yearling and is now earned a price tag of $15m leading into the Slipper unbeaten from three appearances.
“She might haven’t the class of the All Too Hards or the Samareadys but she is fit and sound,” he said.
“There’s a bit of rain around down there at the moment and a bit more of that and her chances improve.”
Bookmakers have slotted Doubtfilly into the market at $51 with Blue Diamond winner Samaready still heading the betting at $2.80 just ahead of All Too Hard at $3.10.
Top Melbourne jockey Damien Oliver was suspended for an incident coming out of the Rosehill Guineas meeting but will be right to stick with Kendrick’s filly in the Slipper after riding her last Saturday in the Magic Night Stakes.
Oliver pleaded guilty to careless riding in the Group 2 $175,000 Bowermans Office Furniture Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) when his mount Collect shifted in at the 800m resulting in Pure Hustle and Fob Dubai being checked.
Oliver who won the Golden Slipper in 2007 on the John Hawkes trained Forensics, will miss the Australian Derby meeting but will be clear to ride at Randwick on ATC Oaks on April 21.