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17/3/2019 Golden Slipper contenders emerging

Two significant juvenile performances provided a fresh impetus heading into next week’s Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) as Cosmic Force (Deep Field) blew away his rivals in the Pago Pago Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) at Rosehill, while Kiamichi (Side Step) landed the Magic Night Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) earlier on the card. Trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, Skyline Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) runner-up Cosmic Force was parachuted into $7 third-favouritism for the Golden Slipper following his seven and a quarter-length demolition - his second win in four starts and one that confirmed him as joining stable companions Anaheed (Fastnet Rock) and Catch Me (I Am Invincible) in the $3.5 million race line-up. Cosmic Force returned the $3.50 favourite yesterday with Born A Warrior ($7) (I Am Invincible) running second and the winner’s stable companion, Stronger ($11) (Not A Single Doubt), finishing a further half a length away in third. Having relished the testing conditions at Rosehill, Snowden is confident Cosmic Force can play a significant part in the Golden Slipper if similar ground conditions materialise on Saturday. “If the track is like this next weekend he comes right into the race,” he said. “If anything, today just settles him a bit better for next week. The quick back-up won’t worry him - he’s a great doer.”
The success of Cosmic Force paid a handsome compliment to the form of the Godolphin-owned Microphone (Exceed And Excel), who proved his length and a quarter superior in the Skyline Stakes, and the depth of juvenile talent in Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s operation was given a further boost when Kiamichi landed the Magic Night Stakes by a length and a quarter. Returning at $21, Kiamichi secured the spoils from Crystal Falls (Medaglia D’Oro), with a short-head back to the winner’s stable companion Athiri ($4.40f) (Lonhro) in third. The winner is now a $34 chance for the Golden Slipper, the market for which is headed by the $5 favourite Yes Yes Yes (Rubick), who won the Todman Stakes (Gr 2,1200m) for Chris Waller the previous weekend.
The James Cummings-trained Kiamichi joined stable companions Microphone, Tenley (Medaglia D’Oro), Pin Sec (Lonhro) and Exhilarates (Snitzel) as certain starters in the contest, while they will participate alongside the Anthony Cummings-trained Lyre (Lonhro), who carried the Royal Blue silks to success in last month’s Blue Diamond Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m). Godolphin representative Darren Beadman said the operation were in a privileged position heading into Australia’s most prestigious juvenile contest. “It’s just a dream to have so many nice colts and lovely fillies to be presented on Golden Slipper day,” he said. Referring to Kiamichi, he continued: “Ït was a very, very positive win the way she did it both ends. She ticked another box, she can handle the ground so, look, it’s a wonderful position to be in to have the selection of horses that we’ve got in the Slipper.” A winner of two of his four starts, amassing prize-money of $178,065, Cosmic Force was purchased for $180,000 by the China Horse Club, Newgate Farm and WinStar from the draft of Ascot Park at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. In winning yesterday, he became the first top-flight scorer for his WinStar Farm-based sire Deep Field (Northern Meteor), while he is a half-brother to Onemorezeta (Onemorenomore), who numbers amongst her three wins the 2014 renewal of the Gucci Stakes (registered as the Begonia Belle Stakes) (Gr 3, 1100m). Cosmic Force’s dam, the winning Commands (Danehill) mare Little Zeta, has produced seven named foals, six of whom have raced and all of whom have won. She was served by Deep Field last year having missed to Vancouver (Medaglia D’Oro) in 2017. A Godolphin Australia homebred, Kiamichi (2 f Sidestep - Ouachita by Canny Lad) has also won two of her four starts, amassing prize money of $205,850.
Her victory was the first stakes winner for first-season sire Sidestep (Exceed And Excel), with the Telemon Thoroughbreds resident having also sired one further winner in Sidekiss. Kiamichi is a half-sister to the Listed winner Cossetot (Epaulette), while she is out of the unraced Canny Lad (Bletchingly) mare Ouachita, who is herself an own-sister to Preserve, who was second-top filly in the Australasian Two-Year-Old classification in 1999-2000 and has subsequently produced two Group 3 winners. Ouachita is also a half-sister to Golden Rose Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) winner Denman (Lonhro), who stands at Darley Australia. Ouachita slipped to Epaulette in 2017, while she has since produced a filly by Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux).