Golden Slipper dreams kept alive

HORSE owner Graham Daley is hoping fairytales do come true.

Daley's hopes will be riding on budget-buy Alpha Miss, his runner in "the world's biggest two year-old race" — the Golden Slipper.

Gary Nickson trains the filly at Warwick Farm.

With a total of $3.5 million up for grabs in prizemoney in the big race, Alpha Miss could be in line to win $2 million for her connections if she crosses the finish line ahead of the pack on Saturday.

A former jockey in the 1960s, Daley gave the game away after "six or seven years" when he became too heavy.

Daley seems to be a more successful racehorse owner than a jockey and he shares in his success, leasing Alpha Miss to a syndicate.

"I manage the syndicate and I'm a shareholder in Alpha Miss, too," Daly said.

"There's 15 in the syndicate and most of them have never had a horse before, so it's very exciting.

"I bought Alpha Miss when she was six months old for $6000 at the Magic Millions sale in Queensland, but I didn't go there to buy her, she just happened to be ready to go in the sale ring, about to be sold and I fell in love with her.

"I looked at her pedigree and decided I would go for her."

Daley's horse has more than paid her way, winning three of her five starts to amass almost $25,000 in prizemoney.

Alpha Miss was victorious in the Gimcrack Stakes, Victory Vein Plate, both run over 1000 metres, and the Lonhro Plate, over 1100m. Daley, who has about six horses in work, has been the owner of horses which have won a few Group 2 races before, but he admitted the Golden Slipper was the biggest race he had been involved in.

Alpha Miss was born in 2011 by sire Lucky Owners and dam Soiree Girl.

Her preparations for the big race have been almost flawless.

She ran a gallant third behind Golden Slipper favourite Earthquake in her previous race on March 22.

"She's had five starts with three wins, a third and a fourth place," Daley said.

Jason Collett, the only jockey to have ridden Alpha Miss in a race, has kept the ride and is keen on his mount's chances of success at Rosehill over 1200m.

The Gai Waterhouse-trained Overreach won last year's Golden Slipper.

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