Feb 10, 2011
Clarry Conners is hoping his wizardry with two-year-olds extends beyond an odds-on favourite to include a rank outsider at Randwick on Saturday.
The four-time Golden Slipper-winning trainer saddles up $1.80 chance Satin Shoes in the Widden Stakes while he has committed hulking colt Head For The Stars to a seven-day back-up in the Canonbury Stakes.
Head For The Stars was an obvious disappointment when well down the track at Rosehill last week but the veteran trainer has employed a gear switch to try to spark a turnaround.
"Corey (Brown) got off him last week and said we should put the blinkers on him," Conners said.
"He trialled in blinkers but generally I don't like putting them on babies too early."
Conners rates Head For The Stars, an assessment he thought was confirmed when the Starcraft colt was narrowly beaten in a Warwick Farm barrier trial last month.
"He is a huge horse but his trial was really good ... that's why last week was disappointing," Conners said.
Head For The Stars has been shunned in early Canonbury betting, easing from $35 to $61 with TAB Sportsbet.
In contrast, Satin Shoes has already attracted support to win the Widden, firming from $1.90 to $1.80.
The early money for the unbeaten filly is justified based on Conners' level of confidence.
"She is perfect ... just perfect," Conners, who trained Georgette Silk, owned in the same interests, to win the race last year, said.
Satin Shoes defeated Anevay at Randwick in October and she was just as sharp in winning a 900m barrier trial at Rosehill last week.
Corey Brown was in the saddle for the trial ride but his decision to partner Shocking in Melbourne has left the way open for Hugh Bowman to take the mount.
Satin Shoes is ensconced near the top of Golden Slipper betting as she shares the fourth line of betting at $15.