DECISION TIME FOR THE SLIPPER

Mar 07, 2010

BY JAMES BUCKLEY
08 Mar, 2010 08:52 AM
Veteran Sydney trainer Clarry Conners made his opinion clear yesterday when asked whether Black Opal Stakes winner Decision Time should run next month in the Golden Slipper.

''It's up to the owners, but they'd be silly if they didn't,'' Conners said moments after watching his brilliant two-year-old take out the $250,000 feature.

It was Decision Time's fourth win in as many starts, and the horse had no worries handling the step up in class as it shot clear about 200m from home to finish a length ahead of Lohan. Butt I'm Ready rounded out the minor placings.

From barrier five, Decision Time enjoyed a reasonable run around the Canberra track, but was slightly held up coming into the home straight.

The horse kicked hard though to find the lead and jockey Nash Rawiller said the race was won by the 150m mark.

''We got the momentum to hold up at a very crucial stage of the race and basically his turn of foot got us right out of a messy situation,'' Rawiller said. ''The way the track's been racing we intended to try and get away from the rail a little bit. Danny Nikolic was just able to hold me in a bit of a pocket there for 100m and kept me in near the fence and for that reason had a bit of luck.''

The Black Opal Stakes was Rawiller's third winner yesterday and capped off a remarkable weekend which also included three salutes at Warwick Farm on Saturday.

The champion jockey said Conners' galloper was one of the most talented two-year-olds in Australia.