Pago Pago & Magic Night offer up Slipper chances

Saturday offers up a last chance saloon for two-year-olds to earn a Golden Slipper berth and there‘s still several key contenders looking to cement a place in the $3.5 million event.

The Group 3 Magic Night Stakes and Group 3 Pago Pago Stakes both offer up a ballot exemption for the Slipper and will be run and won at Rosehill this weekend.

There are eleven available Slipper spots – two of which will be snapped up in the Magic Night and Pago Pago – with five runners in the top-20 of the Golden Slipper order of entry not running.

Sneaky Five (sixth), Finance Tycoon (eighth), Alpine Edge (ninth), Dosh (10th) and Fake Love (16th) are all either in the paddock or aiming at other targets.

Anamoe guns down Profiteer in the Todman Stakes. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Five horses have already secured an exemption in the race with Saturday‘s Todman Stakes winner Anamoe and Reisling Stakes victor Glistening the latest juveniles to book a spot.

Todman runner up Profiteer (12th) with $194, 650 in prizemoney has also done enough to race on March 20 however fast finishing Reisling second placegetter Swift Witness (19th) with $128,900 faces a nervous wait in the coming days.

Chris Waller‘s duo Home Affairs, which finished third in the Todman, and O’President as well as the John Sargent-trained Four Moves Ahead are already guaranteed spots for wins in crucial lead ups.

Group 3 Black Opal Stakes winner Kalashnikov (13th) also threw himself into Slipper calculations by winning the Canberra feature on Sunday afternoon. Runner up Solar Winds (41st) won’t make it.

Connections of Blue Diamond winner Artorius are tipped to pay a late entry fee this week with the colt also assured a spot at Rosehill if they pull the trigger.

It will help ensure there are no shortage of challengers in Saturday’s Group 3s vying for the final spots.

The James Cummings-trained Ingratiating opened as the $3.50 favourite for the Pago Pago but wouldn‘t need to run in the race as he currently sits 7th.

Shaquero has been nominated for the Pago Pago Stakes. Picture: Trackside PhotographySource:The Courier-Mail

However, some of his potential rivals on Saturday don‘t have the same luxury with the Snowden Racing galloper Captivant (20th) with $120,250 and Magic Millions winner Shaquero (21st) with $113,265 both on the cusp of the field.

The $26 Slipper chance Hilal (37th) will need to win the Pago Pago to secure a spot as do Athelric (69th), Converge (equal-72nd), Mazu (equal-72nd), Mandalong Cash (equal 109th) and Bruckner (equal-142nd).

First starters Awe, Dark Spirit and Maven Spirit all also still hold Slipper nominations.

Pago Pago contenders Head Of State and Tiger Of Malay would need to pay a late entry fee for the Slipper if they were to win on Saturday.

The Magic Night Stakes is headlined by classy Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou-trained filly Mallory (18th), boasting $131,150 in prizemoney.

The Group 3 Widden Stakes winner is a $4 favourite in the ‘all in’ market.

Arcaded has been nominated for the Magic Night Stakes. Photo: Reg Ryan/Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Her main rival according to the bookies is Arcaded, a $6 chance, but the Godolphin filly also appears to have done enough to get in the field as the 14th in the ballot with $180,000 banked.

Robodira (3oth), Queen Of Wizardry (36th), Jamaea (44th) and Testimonial (57th) are among the hopefuls needing to win the Magic Night.

Centro Storico (91st) Camplin (141st) as well as Cap Estel and Glittery (both 175th) fall in the same category.

The Danny O’Brien-trained Glitter ‘N’ Gold (77th) also needs to salute and has been nominated for the Listed St Albans Stakes at The Valley.

Final fields for both the Pago Pago and Magic Night will be released on Wednesday.

Originally published asSydney Saturday crucial to Golden Slipper puzzle

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