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G1 Golden Slipper test for Tassort at Rosehill

Mike Hedge

Among the 10 two-year-old winners Godolphin has sent out in Australia this season, Tassortinfo-icon has been the one against whom the others have been measured.

At Rosehill on Saturday, he lines up for the second start of his career in the G2 Silver Slipper Stakes with the opportunity to confirm his superior position in the juvenile ranks and to stake his claim on next month’s G1 Golden Slipper Stakes.

Tassort (James McDonald) could hardly have been more impressive than he was in winning the Golden Gift over 1,100m at Rosehill last November.

Having his first start, he displayed an attitude to match his ability, winning by 5-1/4 lengths and earning himself the Golden Slipper favouritism which he still possesses.

While trainer James Cummings is thoroughly pleased with the son of Brazen Beau, he recognises the challenge confronting his colt.

“The Silver Slipper this year is a very good quality race,” Cummings said.

“I have a really healthy respect for McLaren who showed some X factor on debut.

“And you can’t count out the well-bred debutants Born A Warrior and Faretti – they don’t trial any better than those two did.”

“It will take a G1 two-year-old to come out on top.”

Tassort had a brief spell after his only race and has trialled well in preparation for Saturday’s run.

“It was a sedate trial, but I’ve got no doubt he got out of it what I needed him to,” the trainer said.

“He’s ready to run well, but he’s still open to improvement on what he does on Saturday.”

 The Godolphin Stakes-race line-up at Rosehill is completed by Savatiano (Kerrin McEvoy) and Epidemic (Tim Clark) in the G2 Millie Fox Stakes and Allergic (Josh Parr) in the Listed Parramatta Cup.