Samaready: trainer is pleased with the draw for his runnerPICTURE: Getty Images
Money comes for
Samaready in Slipper
Australia: Weight of numbers suggests Gai Waterhouse should win this year's Golden Slipper but the weight of money and expectation is with Melbourne visitor Samaready from the Mick Price stable.
Blue Diamond Stakes winner Samaready and Queensland's Doubtfilly are the only two of the 16 runners in the world's richest two-year-old race on Saturday trained outside of Sydney.
Waterhouse has five runners, John O'Shea and Gerald Ryan three apiece with Peter Snowden fielding two in the A$3.5 million (£2.27m) contest over 6f.
The non-acceptance of Black Caviar's half-brother All Too Hard has robbed the race of a touch of its glamour but has put Samaready back into favouritism.
Trainer John Hawkes and owner Nathan Tinkler opted not to pay up with All Too Hard who will race a week later in the Sires' Produce Stakes.
Barrier 11 is close to where Price wanted Samaready to draw and any traffic problems are now those of jockey Craig Newitt.
"She should be able to stay out of trouble there," Price said. "She's going to have six to eight horses in front of her and should be able to get into a nice position.
"My hopes were that she would draw anywhere between five and 12 so I'm pretty happy."
Samaready is unbeaten in four starts with one of those wins the A$1m Blue Diamond Stakes at her home track, Caulfield, in February.
She was 7-5 favourite on Tuesday with Pierro next best at 5-1.
A colt labelled by Waterhouse as the Slipper winner after his first start in October, Pierro drew barrier one.