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Crown Jester racehorse Slipper Trial winner

Crown Jester racehorseRacehorse Crown Jester was foaled in 1978 and was by Baguette out of Anjudy.

From 7 starts he had 6 wins and won stakes of $50850.

Main wins came from the Todman Stakes and was sent out a red hot "unbeatable" favourite in the Golden Slipper but was beaten by Full On Aces.

At stud he threw Rory's Jester who won the Golden Slipper in 1985.







Baguette Rego Nasrullah
Missy Suntan
Dark Jewel Star Kingdom
Red Lace
Anjudy Wilkes Court Martial
Sans Tares
Puppet Bob Cherry







This report was first published in the Canberra Times on the morning of Crown Jester's win in the Golden Slipper

Boom colt Crown Jester will be trying to emulate his sire, Baguette, when he contests the $250,000 Golden Slipper Stakes over 1,200m at Rosehill today. Baguette went into the 1970 Slipper unbeaten and came out of it with his crown intact and- his two year-old son Crown Jester will be trying to do the same after scoring five wins.

Five other youngsters have gone on to win the Slipper after being undefeated, Todman in the first running of the race in 1957, Sky High (I960), Vain (1969), John's Hope (1972) and Toy Show (1975).Jack and Bob Ingham, who hold major shares in Crown Jester, certainly have everything going for them" in an attempt to score a record three wins in the event.

The millionaire businessmen brothers won the race in 1967 with Sweet Embrace and five years later with John's Hope, who they owned with John and Lloyd Foyster, who have recently bought into Crown Jester. And Baguette is one of only two stallions to have won the race and sired winners of the rich event.

Baguette's daughter Dark Eclipse won the Slipper last year giving trainer Neville Begg his first success in the race and Todman sired Eskimo Prince, the 1964 winner and Sweet Embrace. Crown Jester goes into the race with a $2 million valuation on him as the Inghams sold a quarter share in him recently.

The colt will race in the Slipper for the first time under the "Crown Jester syndicate" as 10 racing people have paid $50,000 each for a share. The inghams retained 30 shares but sold the other 10 to John Bradshaw, the owner of Shaybisc, Bruce McHugh, Mike Willesee, George Diamond, Bob Lapointe, Evan Sperling, Don Storey and the Foyster brothers, John, Mark and Lloyd.

Crown Jester, who has thrilled Sydney racegoers with his powerful galloping style, is prepared at Rosehill by Vic Thompson, jun, and at 32 years of age appears to have a great chance of becoming the youngest trainer to win a Slipper.The concensus of most trainers is that Crown Jester will be the hardest to beat, an opinion, not surprisingly held by Thompson.

"I am more than happy with my horse's condition but have been a little inconvenienced by the wet tracks this week in giving him his final preparation", Thompson said.

The trainer will be hoping there is plenty of speed on all the way as he said that will suit his horse best."It's hard to say how the race will be run though as the barrier draw has certainly opened it up a lot",he said.

"But I'm quite happy with my barrier draw of 11". Crown Jester has the record books against him as only three winners of the race have come from wider than barrier 10. They were John's Hope from 14. Tontonan, 12 and Toy Show 15.

Thompson rates Allez Show as his biggest danger. "I've been watching her closely at the track this week and she has done everything right", he said.Allez Show, by Comerani, has only been beaten once in five starts and is raced by Lieutenant-Colonel Paul Jones, of RMC, Duntroon, and his wife.

Whereas 21 -year-old Mark De Montfort, the rider of Crown Jester, has already had experience in the Slipper, 20-year-old apprentice Graham Robson (Black Shoes) and 24-year-old Geoff Allendorf (Allez Show) will be having their first ride in the race.Allendorf, who has ridden 62 city winners, was set to have his first Slipper ride on the Ramsey-trained Nassau last year but the week before the race broke a collarbone in a track fall.

Only three jockeys riding in the Slipper have won the race before. Pat Hyland, riding Lead Role, won on Vain, Wayne Harris (Food For Love) scored on Dark Eclipse and John Duggan (landra Lad) won on Vivarchi.