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Storm Boy impresses James McDonald as Golden Slipper decision looms

Storm Boy impresses James McDonald as Golden Slipper decision looms

Champion jockey James McDonald didn’t need to say much to get a guide on how good $60m colt Storm Boy is going ahead Saturday week’s $5m Golden Slipper. 

“He was very good, he’s right on track,” a beaming McDonald said.

Storm Boy had just had a 1000m exhibition gallop at Randwick Kensington on Wednesday with McDonald aboard and just like he has in every start to date – he won it in style.

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The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained colt cruised up to his stablemate Soldier Of Rome and went straight past him to run 104.14sec for the gallop, running his last 600m in 34.01sec.

McDonald had ridden Storm Boy, a $2.30 Golden Slipper favourite, under racing conditions for the first time earlier this month when the top son of Justify maintained his unbeaten record in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes.

Connections remained tight-lipped on if McDonald will be aboard in the Slipper or partner last Saturday’s brilliant Todman Stakes victor Switzerland, trained by Chris Waller.

Both are owned by Coolmore, who have Golden Slipper-winning English rider Ryan Moore booked to ride one of their two colts in this year’s main event.

Moore won the race last year’s on the Coolmore-owned Shinzo.

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Bott said it’s likely a call won’t be made until acceptance time on Tuesday on who will ride which colt but expects Storm Boy will be cherry ripe for the big occasion.

He believes Storm Boy will derive plenty of benefit from his trip to the races on Wednesday.

“I thought it was a really nice piece of work,” he said.

“He settled lovely throughout and quickened nicely when asked.

“There was an immediate response there and he was good through the line and looked to have plenty of reserve.

“I think even getting out here to the races did its job today.”

Bott, who won his first Golden Slipper in partnership with Waterhouse with Farnan in 2020, said Storm Boy will have a relatively easy time of it between now and the Slipper.

“He won’t have to do too much now,” he said.

“With the three weeks between runs, we just wanted to give him something of that little bit extra than we can do at home

“Now we can take him into the race nicely, go through his usual routine and I think he’s in good shape.”

Waterhouse and Bott could have a record breaking number of runners in this year’s Golden Slipper with the likes of Espionage, Shangri La Express, Prost, Fully Lit, Lady Of Camelot and Straight Charge headed for the race.