A Slick performance
Jan 19, 2013
Having her fourth run for the stable, former Queenslander Goldslick found the line well to win impressive fashion at Flemington on Saturday.
Getting back on the rails but always travelilng well for an in-form Brad Rawiller, the four-year-old weaving her way through the field over the final 200m before getting clear late to win by a soft half length.
"There wasn't much room there," Rawiller conceded - "it did get a bit tight, but she'd had such a good run that she was able to make use of her good turn of foot and make the race her own."
Rawiller was happy during the race, the pace on - as opposed to the first few races Goldslick had found herself in this preparation.
"The way the speed had been in those races she just hadn't been able to take much ground of them," he said.
Michael Kent agreed.
"Her runs for us have all been good - she's just had no luck. The last couple she has got back from wide gates on tracks where you just couldn't make up ground - and she got home in 22 second both times."
"I thought those runs were terrific," he continued, adding that on Saturday he felt confident a fair way from home.
"After 100m she was on the fence behind a good speed and I thought today's the day for sure!"
And so it was, Goldslick recording her first Melbourne victory and her eighth from a consistent 22 start career.
Stakes placed in Queensland where she won races at Eagle Farm, Rockhampton and Thangool, Goldslick is described by Kent as "a quality mare."
"She was a renowned wet tracker up there but she has been handling the firm tracks down here well. We will see if she can win another one and we might have a look at a race like the Sunline Stakes for her."
A bargain $20,000 yearling raced by Troy Harry, William Ouston, Noel Gardner, Michael Buys, Richard Pegum and Andrew Major, Goldslick is by Redoute's Choice's Canonbury Stakes winning son Bradbury's Luck.
Bred by Richard Foster & Associates, Goldslick is the third foal produced by the lightly raced Encounter mare Alleged Encounter - a Mornington maiden winner from just four starts.
Alleged Encounter, who was served last spring by Rothesay, is a granddaughter of the Group 3 Tea Rose Stakes winner Sabre Dancer and this is also the family of the stakes winners Supreme Spark, Ultimate Fever and Quiltella.
* and we enjoyed a Saturday double with Beijing Beauty saluting at Woolamai picnics - with Michael Kent Jnr aboard! Well done Michael - news on that win and photos to come.