A last to first win by Yes Yes Yes in the Group 2 $300,000 UNSW Todman Stakes (1200m) at Randwick today has rocketed the Chris Waller trained colt into Golden Slipper calculations.
The ex-Darren Weir trained Yes Yes Yes is now exempt from the ballot for the Group 1 $3.5m Longines Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on March 23 after today’s win and has firmed in the betting from $12 to be the $6.50 equal favourite alongside of Tenley at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Time To Reign was sent out as the $2.90 favourite for the Todman Stakes but has drifted out to $14 for the Golden Slipper after disappointing today in finishing sixth behind Yes Yes Yes ($4.40) who sustained a long run from last before the home turn to record a very impressive half a length win for Blake Shinn.
The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Bellevue Hill ($4.40) tried to lead all of the way and held on gamely for second while Dubious ($7.50) was a solid third.
Wining trainer Chris Waller has the option oof putting the blinkers on Yes Yes Yes but on today’s performance he doesn’t think that will be necessary and is expecting more natural improvement to come from the Rubick colt.
“We’ve had him five or six weeks. So I think he’s just a ready made horse. I don’t have to make him run faster. He’s put on weight since which is a pretty good sign. I think he’ll come through the race pretty well the way the race was run,” Waller said.
“We didn’t think he needed to race in them today (the blinkers). He was a bit aggressive in them. We keep them in mind should we choose to put them on leading into the Slipper had he not performed up to my expectations today without having them on in the trial. I doubt we need it based on today’s performance.”
“It’s good to be able to take over a horse like this with prize money in the bank for the Slipper. Was good for my team to get familiar with the horse. We’ve had him for a number of weeks now, we picked out this race and full credit to the team where he has come from, they’d done a good job educating him well.”