Two freshman sires have made late bids for Golden Slipper representation as Drifting and Dublin Down secured ballot-exempt status for the world’s richest two-year-old race in winning at Rosehill.

Pago Pago winner Dublin Down.
Dublin Down strides clear in the Pago Pago Stakes, a Golden Slipper qualifying race.

The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Drifting was no match for Saturday’s Listed Redoute’s Choice Stakes winner Bold Bastille down the Flemington straight last start, but back in her home in Sydney, she found another gear to claim the Magic Night Stakes.

Her success in the Group 3 race for fillies gave first-season stallion Zousain a maiden stakeswinner, with the son of Zoustar already a sire of five individual winners from 15 runners.

She has been a success for connections, exceeding her $160,000 purchase price with $192,050 in prizemoney.

Drifting was joined as a potential Slipper starter by the Group 3 Pago Pago Stakes winner Dublin Down, who made all the running for jockey Tim Clark to upset his more fancied rivals.

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