Connors Chasing 2015 Golden Slipper Boilover With Look To The Stars

Look To The Stars is currently available at 2015 Golden Slipper odds of $101, but trainer Clarry Conners is hopeful that the promising filly can sneak into the prizemoney in the Group 1 event at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

Craig Williams has been booked to ride Look To The Stars in the 2015 Golden Slipper. Photo by: Adrienne Bicknell

Craig Williams has been booked to ride Look To The Stars in the 2015 Golden Slipper. Photo by: Adrienne Bicknell

Conners is one of the most successful trainers in the history of the Golden Slipper and has previously taken out the world’s richest two-year-old event with Tierce (1991), Burst (1992), Prowl (1998) and Belle Du Jour (2000), but he has not had a runner in the race since Satin Shoes finished ninth behind Sepoy in the 2011 edition of the race.

While Conners is excited to have a runner in the 2015 Golden Slipper, he told Racing Ahead that he was not overly keen to run the I Am Invincible filly in the Group 1 event and believes that she faces a very difficult assignment from the outside gate.

“It is very hard from there,” Conners said.

“I wasn’t overly keen to run in the race really, but I said that I would run in the race if I got a good high-profile jockey and I was lucky enough to get Craig Williams.

“She probably should have run the race if she had got out a bit earlier and if she had won the race I would be a bit more confident.

“The barrier is going to very hard and it is going to be a bit of task, so I’ll have to have a talk to Williams and see we plan to ride her.”

Look To The Stars made her racing debut with a second place finish behind Racy in the Pro-Ride Plate (1000m) at Warwick Farm on December 10 and she was second again in the Rewards Plate (1200m) at Canterbury before she failed to fire in the Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m) at Royal Randwick on February 14.

The two-year-old recorded her maiden race with a professional effort in the Schweppes Handicap (1200m) at Warwick Farm on March 4 and she was far from disgraced when fifth behind Speak Fondly in the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 14.

Conners believes that Look To The Stars is unlucky not to have at least two more wins on her racing resume and he feels that the two-year-old will be hitting the line strongly in the final stages of the Golden Slipper.

“We are all a bit bias about our own horses, but I think that she should have won her first two starts, she ran second both times,” Conners said.

“She gets to the line strong.

“She hasn’t been up at the top class, but she is a filly that everything I ask her to do, she gives her all.

“It is the richest two-year-old race in the world and to be part of it is great.

“If we can get amongst the big prizemoney it would be terrific.”

Look To The Starts is priced at 2015 Golden Slipper odds of $101 with Ladbrokes and would be the longest priced winner in the history of the race if she is successful this weekend.

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