Dominant Slipper Fav

Off the back of an almost six length victory in the Listed Widden Stakes five weeks ago, the Corumbene Stud-bred and raced two-year-old Exceed And Excel filly Overreach returned to the scene of her latest victory to put the G1 Golden Slipper favouritism to rest.

Jumping away well from the gates and going forward to lead, jockey Nathan Berry allowed the filly to set her own tempo, while jockey Hugh Bowman sat not too far behind on the unbeaten grey filly Villa Verde.

When the home turn was reached, Overreach had gone into over drive, as the filly extended her lead under hands and heels riding, while the second favourite and eventual runner up Villa Verde had no match for the winning.

The speedy filly went on to win the race by a comfortable four-and-a-quarter lengths with Villa Verde in second and a further one-and-three-quarter lengths back to the third placed Spurrendous.

At this stage it is near impossible to see that the runner-up could improve enough to trouble Overreach in the G1 Golden Slipper in two weeks time.

Jockey Tommy Berry was effusive in his praise for the filly.

“It’s unbelievable. She’s so special this filly,”

“She set a nice genuine tempo in front. I didn’t want to go to slow because I think that’s to her advantage.

“I still want to make her find the line because the last furlong she was stargazing a fair bit and I thought I heard something coming, but when I had a look back there was nothing there.

“She had quite a good blow. It surprised me how much she did blow when she pulled up, but I just think she’s a little bit new.”

Out of the unbeaten Snippers mare Bahia, a half-sister to Exceed And Excel’s G1 Blue Diamond winner Reward For Effort as well as the four-time Listed winner Consular. Bahia has a weanling full-brother to Overreach on the ground.

With a draft of 11 yearlings set to sell at the 2013 Inglis Easter yearling sale in a few weeks time, the draft of Corumbene Stud is a must see. Having already bred and sold G1 Golden Slipper winner Sebring, who incidentally was the sire of the Group Two Todman Stakes winner and now Golden Slipper aspirant Criterion, Corumbene Stud could have the 2013 Slipper winner in Overreach, while the 2014 winner could quite possibly be in their draft.


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