Sweet Idea showed she was on track for the world’s richest juvenile race with a highly impressive win in Saturday’s Group Two Silver Slipper Stakes at Rosehill.
Starting for the first time since her outstanding second in the $2 million Jeep Magic Millions 2YO Classic, Sweet Idea proved too strong in a driving finish to beat Queenslander Whiskey All Round by a neck.
The win was impressive considering she had the job of bringing up the field to the tearaway leaders Kuroshio and All the Talk after they led by as much as five lengths during the middle stages of the race.
A daughter of Snitzel, Sweet Idea was purchased by Gai Waterhouse and James Harron for $240,000 at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Arrowfield Stud.
Waterhouse said she was excited about the prospects of Sweet Idea for the Golden Slipper.
“I have said all along that she would be impossible to beat today and more importantly she will be impossible to beat on Golden Slipper Day.”
“Top class. The fillies have got it over the colts at this point in time and she has proven it yet again.”
“She raced in Queensland, anyone who doesn’t take their horse to the Magic Millions must have eggs for brains because the beauty of going up there is it gives them an opportunity to have a really good hit out.”
“She did that, she earned money for the owners and today she got the crown.”
Winning rider Jim Cassidy couldn’t help but be impressed with the performance of the quality filly.
“It was a tremendous effort,” Cassidy said. “The leaders went out helter skelter and got me off the bit chasing but you have to be positive on one of Gai’s because you know they are going to be there in the end.”
“I thought it was a very courageous effort because I never really travelled in the run at all, I wouldn’t say she was 100% in the ground but Gai Waterhouse and Jim Cassidy did the rest!”
A half sister to the group placed and four time winning Singapore galloper Rush, Sweet Idea is one of three winners for her dam Flidais.
A winner at 1850 metres, Flidais earned black type when third in the Group Three Adrian Knox Stakes before being retired to stud.
She in turn is a daughter of the Metropolitan Handicap and Ranvet Stakes winner Electronic – a winner of nine races and over $1 million.
Winner: Sweet Idea
Breeding: Snitzel-Flidais (Timber Country)
Race: ATC Silver Slipper Stakes G2 (1100m)
Sold for: $240,000
Sale: 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale
Vendor: Arrowfield Stud
Buyer: Gai Waterhouse / James Harron
Owner(s): D Henderson, L Henderson, Nick Vass Bloodstock (Mgr: N & A Vass), W Cook, D Maher, G Scott, TL Vogel, B Lynton, C Brown & M Allen
Trainer: Gai Waterhouse (Randwick)