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Silver Slipper Return For Astern
Meanwhile, trainer John O'Shea has confirmed that impressive juvenile winner Astern will launch his Golden Slipper campaign in the Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on 20 February. The Godolphin colt is currently the $11 second favourite for next month's $3.5 million Golden Slipper after scoring an eye-catching 2.5 length debut win over 1000m at Randwick in December. "He is going the right way and we are really happy with him," O'Shea told Sky Sports Radio. "He will run in the Silver Slipper and then he will run in the Todman." The Gr2 Todman Stakes (1200m) will be run two weeks before the Golden Slipper at Royal Randwick on 5 March. By Darley stallion Medaglia d'Oro, Astern is the third foal to race from the well related Exceed And Excel mare Essaouira, who has already produced fellow Godolphin galloper and stakes placed 3YO Mogador (Lonhro). Essaouira is out of the Gr2 Magic Night Stakes winner Alizes (Rory's Jester) from the brilliant Gr1 winning sprinting mare La Baraka (Euclase), herself a daughter of champion filly Triscay (Marscay). Triscay won 13 stakes races, five of which were at Gr1 level, including the Australian Oaks and Australian Guineas.