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Clarry Conners will use Canberra’s Black Opal Stakes as the race to get Decision Time into the Golden Slipper after the horse made it three from three at Rosehill on Saturday.

The gelding by Foreplay isn’t nominated for the Golden Slipper but if he can win the $250,000 Listed race at Thoroughbred Park on March 7, connections will pay the $150,000 late entry fee for the world’s richest two-year-old race.

“They’re too bloody lousy some of my owners,” trainer Clarry Conners joked. “They want to go to the Black Opal and if he can win there we’ll pay up for the Slipper.”

TOP CLASS: Nash Rawiller has no doubt that Decision Time is among the better two-year-olds in Sydney. Photo: Steve Hart .

Winning jockey Nash Rawiller has no doubts Decision Time is in the top bracket of Sydney’s juveniles and he wants to retain the ride.

“I’ve got no doubt he’s up to stakes level,” Rawiller said. “I’ve just told the owners I’ll go to Canberra to ride him.”

After trailing the speed through the first half of the race, Decision Time hooked around the leaders heels as the field entered the straight and drew clear to record a soft win.

“I don’t think he could have been more impressive,’ Conners said. “He’s a very professional little horse.”

The runner-up, Butt I’m Ready is set for a rematch with his trainer Gary Portelli confirming the Black Opal Stakes will be next run while the debutante Sasa turned in a good effort to finish third.

What they said – “He was every bit as good as he was the other day,” said Nash Rawiller, winning jockey.


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