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Newgate find Force to be reckoned with in Golden Slipper

Field was part of the syndicate that owned Capitalist, which was the last Slipper winner for Peter and Paul Snowden, who will now have three Slipper runners after Cosmic Force joined Catch Me and Anaheed in the field.

Peter Snowden had wanted to get Cosmic Force into the Golden Slipper and he did in most devastating nature.

“He did a good job today because he was wide all the way,” Peter Snowden said. “I would love him to draw a good gate in the Slipper because he will be able to relax and show his turn of foot.

“If the track is like this next week, he comes right into the the race.”

Godolphin added Kiamichi and Athiri to their Golden Slipper team after they ran first and third in the Magic Night Stakes, and they are set to have a record seven runners should they pay the late entry for Athiri.

It added another couple of strings to Godolphin’s bow after Microphone, Tenley, Pin Sec and Exhilarates worked in front of trainer James Cummings  at Warwick Farm on Saturday morning before he flew to Melbourne for the All Star Mile. Blue Diamond winner Lyre, trained by Anthony Freedman, is another contender.

“They had a nice little stretch of the legs, obviously their main gallop will be on Tuesday,” Godolphin spokesman Darren Beadman said.

“I think Exhilarates has gone forward leaps and bounds. Tenley’s holding her condition well and Microphone is good as well.

“It is a bumper season for our two-year-olds. We knew we had a good team and now it is a case of holding them together.

”There is going to be a rainbow of caps next week.”

Kiamichi started $21 but was very comfortable in the ground as she won by 1¼ lengths from Crystal Falls ($51) and Athiri ($4.40).

“It was a very positive win, the way that she did it both ends. She didn’t get much of a breather through the race and she ticked another box, she can handle the ground,” Beadman said. “It’s a wonderful position to be in, to have the selection of horses that we have got for the Slipper.”

Damian Lane would be the front runner for the ride after taking her to the group 3 victory.

James McDonald was left all on his own on Cosmic Force, which had him thinking if unbeaten slipper favourite Tenley was the right horse to be on in the Slipper.

“That horse  [Cosmic Force] gave me an unbelievable feel. He relaxed super in the run and when I asked him to give a boom he gave a boom. He was strong on the line. He has gone enormous,” McDonald said.

“He accelerated really well and a week’s rain is going to be scary for my chances [on Tenley].

“[Cosmic Force] makes the Microphone form look pretty good.

“I have ridden about seven hopes in the Slipper and had to choose.

“To be honest I couldn’t split them and in the end I let James tell me what I was riding, and it is Tenley.”

Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

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