NO ONE would have been surprised to see Mick Price walk over to Darren Beadman after the Golden Slipper barrier draw and put an arm around him.
For if anyone knows the disappointment of drawing poor barriers in big two-year-old races, it’s Price.
“We’ve just got to make the most of an ordinary draw,” said Beadman.
Ordinary was putting it kindly. The Godolphin runners had no luck at all. Telperion drew 12, Calliope 15 and Astern 17.
But a touch of optimism remained.
“It can be done,” declared Beadman, noting last year’s winner Vancouver jumped from 16. And that his gallopers had at least avoided the dreaded 13 – the only gate never to produce a Slipper winner.
The outside stall saw Astern’s quota drift from $7 to $10, but Beadman was adamant ability, not barrier, would dictate where the two-year-old sits in the run.
“He’s a horse who’s got good tactical speed,” Beadman said. “He’s a big, strong colt. He does leave the gates very well, so I presume he’ll be going forward.”
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