Over the weekend, Godolphin officially ruled out a Group 1 Golden Slipper start for the talented Tassort with the stable preferring to take no risks with the colt who suffered a minor injury in training the previous week. Tassort had been favourite for the A$3.5 million race since scoring a five length debut win at Rosehill in late November and finishing second on a wet track in the Group 2 Silver Slipper on his next outing. Trainer James Cummings informed stewards on Saturday that Tassort would not be among the final acceptors for the Slipper. “Since I informed Racing NSW stewards on Monday that Tassort would be a 50/50 chance to run in the Golden Slipper we have monitored the horse closely,” Cummings said.
“He has failed to make the required improvement to be confident that I could prepare him properly for the race. Consequently, I have advised Racing NSW stewards this morning that the colt will be spelled immediately.” The son of Brazen Beau had been progressing nicely toward the Golden Slipper when he suffered a bruised foot which was reported to stewards. Cummings had initially planned to run Tassort in last Saturday’s Group 2 Todman Stakes and once that was ruled out, he gave thought to running in this week’s Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes. That option has now been removed and the colt will be rested ahead of a spring campaign. Whilst there is disappointment in Tassort missing the Golden Slipper, Godolphin have outstanding prospects for the race including Exhilarates and Group 2 Skyline Stakes winner Microphone.