Swift Witness under the radar
Co-trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott will rely on improving filly Swift Witness in their quest for successive Golden Slipper Stakes wins and they are hoping her draw in barrier 12 is a good omen.
Farnan proved too brilliant for his rivals in the six-furlong feature last year from the 12 draw, to give Bott his first Golden Slipper win and Waterhouse a record seventh.
The trainers hope Swift Witness can travel closer to the speed than she did when charging home to just miss behind Golden Slipper rival Glistening in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes three weeks ago.
Bott says the build-up to this year's race has been a vastly different experience from 12 months ago when Farnan was the top fancy, while Swift Witness is at bigger odds.
"There was a lot more eyes on Farnan last year, whereas we're flying a bit under the radar this year," Bott said. "We don't mind that by any means. I'm still happy with our chances going into the race."
Swift Witness was third in the Magic Millions Wyong 2YO Classic over 1100 metres on debut before breaking her maiden at the Gold Coast. She was given a short break after finishing midfield in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic over six furlongs in January and showed she was up to the better fillies with her Reisling Stakes performance.
"Definitely that (summer) campaign really helped. She knows what it's all about and just that strength and residual fitness she has maintained, it's a big help going into these big races," Bott said.
Swift Witness is 31.00 to win the Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday.
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