Sword Of State won’t line up in the Golden Slipper

Kiwi star Sword Of State won’t line up in Saturday’s $3.5 million Golden Slipper at Rosehill and will be saved for another Group 1 tilt.

Te Akau Racing confirmed the decision on Monday morning to bypass the race following discussions with trainer Jamie Richards however he still could play a part in the Sydney autumn.

He's a good [email protected]'s Sword Of State bolts in to win the first of the Group 1s on Auckland Cup Day, the Sistema Stakes, from stablemate On The Bubbles pic.twitter.com/4OTwPVByUC

Richards told Racenet on Sunday that the forecast wet weather was a big concern for Sword Of State while the stable still had a Inglis Sires’ Produce Stakes tilt to consider.

“I don‘t think he is hopeless on soft ground, he is just more effective when he is on good going and we’ve still got the Sires to think about as well,” he said.

“He is still a young horse and it’s hard on a horse to go across the Tasman and run with a short back up into the Slipper.”

Sword Of State was a $15 prospect in Golden Slipper betting after propelling himself into contention for the race with a win in the Group 1 Sistema Stakes ahead of stablemate On The Bubbles.

It saw the colt move to 17th in the order of entry however the decision to bypass the Slipper will provide another Australian juvenile with the chance to line up on Saturday.

The final field and barrier draw for the Golden Slipper will take place on Wednesday morning at Rosehill.

Sword Of State still holds a nomination for the Inglis Sires’ Produce Stakes and is on the second line of betting to win the race at $8.

Alternatively he could line up in NZ in the Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes on April 3.

Plenty of interest in our exciting Group 1 & Group 3 winning juvenile colt Sword of State – we can confirm he has come through the race brilliantly but will bypass the Golden Slipper on Saturday – with clear other options in Sydney & NZ firmly on his radar pic.twitter.com/AhX5ZDpXxH

Originally published asKiwi’s Slipper aspirations put to the Sword

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