Big race jockey Blake Shinn will have to be at his very best after his mount Yes Yes Yes draw the extreme outside barrier in the 2019 Group 1 $3.5m Longines Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
Trainer Chris Waller is chasing his first win in the Golden Slipper but will be hoping that Shinn can bring some magic to Rosehill after Yes Yes Yes drew barrier nineteen in the original draw but will jump from the outside gate in the final sixteen horse field.
“My initial thoughts were obviously a little bit deflating,” Shinn said.
“It is what it is, and we can’t change it, will just have to come up with a game plan.”
“There is a lot to unfold, assessing the race and seeing how the track plays.”
“At the end of the day I’ve got the horse I believe can win the race and hopefully the luck is on our side come Saturday.”
Shinn was aboard the 2016 Golden Slipper winner Capitalist and said that Yes Yes Yes has similar attributes as the Peter and Paul Snowden trained colt, but is wary of the wide gate.
“He raced pre-Christmas, he won twice, he had three runs, he has a good constitution. He worked towards the Magic Millions like Capitalist did, but had a setback,” Shinn said.
“So apart from not running in the Magic Millions, he has got quite a similar profile to Capitalist.”
“Everything I am reading between Yes Yes Yes and Capitalist is quite similar. He has a great sprint as Capitalist did.”
“He is a very very exciting horse. We are going to need a horse that is going to be very strong late on Saturday and I think Yes Yes Yes will be.”
Yes Yes Yes has had one run for Waller to win the Group 2 $300,000 UNSW Todman Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on March 9 and Shinn said that the colt has shown signs of improvement after riding him in a gallop this morning.
“After riding him this morning I feel that he has made good improvement. He is certainly going to come on fitness wise on his last run, “ Shinn said.
“Naturally he is going to come on mentally. In the mounting yard he got the jitters a little bit, but this morning in his work his mannerisms were calm and he was focused in his work.”
“Everything I wanted to see was there.”
“So apart from the barrier I am happy.”
Yes Yes Yes has lost his spot at the top of the Golden Slipper market after drawing the horror gate and is now on the fourth line of betting at $7.50 at Ladbrokes.com.au behind new favourite Cosmic Force at $5 and the James Cummings trained Tenley at $5.50 and Microphone at $6.
The Rosehill track was rated a heavy 9 on Tuesday morning and there is still more rain forecast for Sydney for the remainder of the week.
Final field for the 2019 Golden Slipper (1200m)
|1||211×1||YES YES YES||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||19||56.5kg|
|2||1211||MICROPHONE||James Cummings||Hugh Bowman||1||56.5kg|
|3||11×416||TIME TO REIGN||Gary Portelli||Jason Collett||9||56.5kg|
|4||113||FREE OF DEBT||Chris Bieg||Dwayne Dunn||10||56.5kg|
|5||1×221||COSMIC FORCE||Peter & Paul Snowden||Mark Zahra||2||56.5kg|
|6||1×123||DUBIOUS||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Michael Walker||16||56.5kg|
|7||5111||LYRE||Anthony Freedman||Luke Currie||13||54.5kg|
|8||2×1420||LANKAN STAR||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Damien Oliver||3||54.5kg|
|9||1×11||TENLEY||James Cummings||James McDonald||6||54.5kg|
|10||1×1||PIN SEC||James Cummings||Tommy Berry||5||54.5kg|
|11||1×514||ANAHEED||Peter & Paul Snowden||Tim Clark||7||54.5kg|
|12||12×41||KIAMICHI||James Cummings||Damian Lane||17||54.5kg|
|13||1×100||CATCH ME||Peter & Paul Snowden||Corey Brown||12||54.5kg|
|14||1×13||VINCERE VOLARE||Tony Gollan||Sam Clipperton||11||54.5kg|
|15||522112||EXHILARATES||James Cummings||Kerrin McEvoy||18||54.5kg|
|16||16||LOVING GABY||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Oisin Murphy||15||54.5kg|
|17e||2×314||BIVOUAC||James Cummings||Brad Rawiller||8||56.5kg|
|18e||4x2x2||ROME||Peter & Paul Snowden||–||4||56.5kg|
|19e||12||BELLEVUE HILL||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||–||14||56.5kg|