John O’Shea’s incredible filly Solar Charged stormed into Golden Slipper favouritism on Saturday when she outclassed her rivals in the $125, 000 Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) in a stunning display of speed and ability at Warwick Farm’s Chipping Norton Stakes meeting.
Solar Charged started as the clear favourite at $1.80 and lived up to all expectations, claiming a devastating 4 ½ length victory ahead of Elimbari ($7) with Widden Stakes winner Georgette Silk ($5) a gallant third a further half length away.
Solar Charged jumped from the far outside barrier seven and was never threatened when taking out the Kindergarten Stakes.
The impressive win, one of the best by a two-year-old seen on the track in years, has solidified her as the most promising young filly of the season. A winner of both her career starts to date, Solar Charged now sits as the warm pre-race favourite for the coveted $3.5million Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) on April 3 at $4.60 with Ladbrokes.com.au.
Silver Slipper winner Chance Bye and Blue Diamond Stakes third placegetter Beneteau share second favouritism at $7.
Solar Charged will have her next start in the Reisling Stakes (1200m) on March 20 before moving onto the world’s most lucrative race for two-year-olds at Rosehill.
Charge Forward, Solar Charged’s mother, ran a close second to Dance Hero in the 2004 Golden Slipper for O’Shea.
The feature race at the meeting, the $300, 000 Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes was won by Gai Waterhouse’s great galloper Theseo, and her filly More Joyous claimed victory in the Group 2 Surround Stakes.
2010 Cabra-Vale Diggers Kindergarten Stakes Results
|John O’Shea||Hugh Bowman|
|Kris Lees||Glyn Schofield|
|Clarry Conners||Blake Shinn|
|Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller|
|Gary Portelli||Nathan Berry|
|Rick Worthington||Tommy Berry|
|Allan Denham||Tye Angland|
|HOUR OF PERIL|