Every Rose to bloom in Silver Slipper Stakes
After making her mark as the first Sydney two-year-old winner of the season, Every Rose has not had things her own way since.
The filly dominated the Gimcrack Stakes in October followed by running second in the Magic Millions Wyong Classic and second in the Group 3 BJ McLachlan Stakes.
Despite an unlucky run in the $2 million Magic Millions at the Gold Coast last month, her trainer Mark Newnham has regrouped and has her back on track for Saturday’s Group Two Silver Slipper (1100m) at Rosehill.
A major lead-up to the $3.5 million Golden Slipper on March 29, the race has attracted 13 entries headed by Cellsabeel.
The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained filly is the ruling 2020 Golden Slipper favourite but sits at No.16 with several qualifying races coming up.
Newnham said Every Rose, who is No.10 on the latest order of entry, had pleased him with her winning barrier trial last week.
“She had no luck when she needed it at the Gold Coast,” Newnham said.
“She had two solid runs leading into the Magic Millions and may need two going to the Golden Slipper.
“We’ll see how she gets through Saturday.”
Every Rose got a long way back in the Magic Millions won by the Maher/Eustace-trained Away Game who runs in Saturday’s Group One Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield.
Rosehill was in the heavy range on Monday but is expected to improve with fine weather in Sydney late in the week.
“Even if it was still wet, she won the Gimcrack on soft so we know she can be effective either way,” Newnham said.
Rachel King will ride Every Rose on Saturday because the 54.5kg she carries is under Josh Parr’s riding weight.
Parr will be back on stablemate Shadow Hero when he takes on a crack field in the Group Two Hobartville Stakes (1400m).