Glissade stars in Darley treble at Randwick
Report: Australia, Saturday
EXCITING juvenile Glissade put her Golden Slipper credentials on the line with a sparkling debut at Randwick on New Year's Day, when she provided the highlight of a treble for Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation at the Sydney track.
Spinney, who is coming to the end of his career, put up a determined performance to take out one of the two New Year's Day features, the Tattersalls Club Cup (2000m), while Killian won a handicap.
Peter Snowden trained all three, but Redoute's Choice daughter Glissade was the star - prompting her usually conservative trainer to declare her the best of his two-year-olds at this stage.
Stable rider Kerrin McEvoy also landed a treble. He was aboard both Glissade and Spinney and partnered countrysprinter Jest Crewsin' to a narrow victory in the day's other big race, the Listed Carrington Stakes (1100m).
With McEvoy on Screen in the Australia Day at Warwick Farm Handicap (1200m), Corey Brown took the reins on Killian.
"It's been a good day," Snowden said. "Glissade has been very impressive and is probably the best of the two-year-olds we have at the moment."
"The Golden Slipper, it's the race. We are a breeding and racing operation and it's very important."
Spinney is a stable favourite and Snowden said he was rapt with the eight-year-old's win, his first since February last year.
Retirement is looming for the geldingwho has been the subject of interest as a show horse.
For McEvoy the treble cemented his comeback from a serious spinal injury suffered in a race fall in June.
He spent many months in a full body brace but recovered ahead of schedule to take part in the tail end of the Melbourne Cup carnival.