Clarry Conners' quest for a fifth Golden Slipper remains on track after Satin Shoes capped a memorable day for the trainer with an all-the-way win in the Group Two Silver Slipper Stakes.
Conners has been single-minded in preparing Satin Shoes to win the Golden Slipper (1200m) on April 2, and bypassed a trip to Melbourne for the $1 million Blue Diamond on Saturday.
The Blue Diamond was won in scintillating fashion by Sepoy who has been the long-time favourite for the $3.5 million Golden Slipper with Satin Shoes third elect behind Magic Millions winner Karuta Queen.
Conners had never previously won the Silver Slipper but has four Golden Slippers on his mantelpiece courtesy of Tierce (1991), Burst (1992), Prowl (1998) and Belle Du Jour (2000).
"She's as good as any of them," he declared after the filly defeated Elite Falls by half a length with 2-1/4 lengths to Straight Gold in third.
The success of Satin Shoes came on the back of an earlier win for another of Conners' stable stars Decision Time in the Fireball Quality (1100m).
Decision Time was having his first start since suffering a bleeding attack in the Stan Fox Stakes last spring.
With Hugh Bowman aboard, Satin Shoes ($2.60) began brilliantly and worked to find the lead.
Straight Gold ($2.40 fav), with Hong-Kong based Darren Beadman in the saddle, wasn't comfortable in behind the leaders early and charged up outside Satin Shoes down the side of the course and into the straight.
Satin Shoes responded to Bowman's urgings in the straight to drop Straight Gold and then held off the late charge of Elite Falls ($10) to claim her third win from as many starts.
Conners said going to the front wasn't in his plans but Bowman wanted to ride Satin Shoes like she was the best horse in the race.
"He just said she's a good horse, why don't I just ride her like a good horse. She's pretty smart, I've always told you all she is very good," Conners said.
"Anyhow, that's another hurdle we've overcome now."
After winning on debut at Randwick in October, Satin Shoes was sent to the paddock and returned with victory in the Listed Widden Stakes (1100m) on February 12.
With the Golden Slipper still not for another five weeks, Conners expects Satin Shoes to only get better.
"I haven't screwed her down yet," he said.