Gai Waterhouse’s smart filly Overreach is set to cement her place at the top of Golden Slipper markets with another impressive win in the Group 2 $300,000 Moet & Chandon Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill tomorrow.
Overreach holds the top spot in the market for the Group 1 $3.5m Tooheys New Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill in two weeks at $3.90 with tomorrow’s rival Villa Verde at $5.50 and the winner will determine who is the favourite on Sunday.
The Shaun Dwyer trained Villa Verde already has a victory over Overreach when the fillies met at Caulfield in October but bookies took notice of Waterhouse’s filly when she scored a five and three quarter lengths win in the Listed $100,000 Widden Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on February 16.
The ever confident Waterhouse is happy with the Exceed And Excel filly going into tomorrow’s race and jockey Tommy Berry has retained the ride after winning on the two year old at Rosehill.
“I’m delighted with her and I made up my mind a long time ago that this was the race,” Waterhouse said.
“I didn’t want to run her at Warwick Farm, I made a bit of a snap decision to run her last start and then I said that I wanted to keep her for this race.”
Overreach has been posted the $1.55 favourite for the Moet & Chandon ahead of the undefeated Villa Verde at $2.60 with the next in the market the John Sadler trained Go Again at $19.
Waterhouse has a very strong two year old team as she is looking to win back to back Golden Slippers after taking out last year’s with Pierro, her fourth Slipper winner following the success of Sebring (2008), Dance Hero (2004) and Ha Ha (2001).
Snitzel filly Sweet Idea is prominent in the Golden Slipper market at $15 after winning the Group 2 $200,000 Patinack Farm Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on March 2 with Waterhouse keeping her up to the mark with a Randwick barrier trial win today.
And Whittington is also close up in the betting at $16 after winning the $100,000 Lonhro Plate (1100m) at Warwick Farm on March 9 and also went around in the Randwick trials finishing second.