Golden Slipper

The Golden Slipper Stakes is not just Australia’s premier race for two-year-old thoroughbreds, it is also the world’s richest such event with a total of $3.5 million on offer in 2017. It is held under the auspices of the Australian Turf Club as a Group 1 Thoroughbred 1200m race. The Golden Slipper field gathered on a Saturday in the middle of March this year on the turf, and under set weights conditions, at stunning Rosehill Gardens in Sydney.

The winner for 2017 was She Will Reign, but on first running, way back in 1957, when it was officially a six furlong event, it was one of Australia’s greatest thoroughbreds, the striking chestnut, and New South Wales bred, Todman. This was one of five victories he enjoyed in that single season – and was also second in his only other race. Other winners include Sky High, the only Golden Slipper winner ever to make it into the field for the Melbourne Cup. Other notable victors include Sebring, Miss Finland, and Rory’s Jester.

The race itself is part of a hugely popular Golden Slipper Day. This includes a quartet of other impressive Group 1 events. These are the George Ryder Stakes, Ranvet Stakes, The Galaxy and the Rosehill Guineas. The course itself was constructed by John Bennett and completed in April 1885. Nowadays, immaculate gardens are found around a sweeping track, and Rosehill Gardens has become an impressive venue to visit for a great day’s racing and more.

Any barrier to victory?

Now here’s a question that has always caused much debate in the racing fraternity! As with so many top races, the barrier selection process always attracts much attention, both from within the racing industry, among keen punters, and even with the general public. Of course, the key debating point is how much difference a barrier draw actually delivers, either positively or negatively. Indeed, even if you could provide a definitive answer, it would surely differ from not only race to race, but also between different racetracks. Yet, it is the case that, historically, we do know that some barrier draws seem to gain more success than others. Make of that what you will, because frankly, some horse from some barrier will always win!

As you study your Golden Slipper form guide, you’ll appreciate it can be extremely unpredictable. Not surprisingly, the deep prize pool will attract a large interest, yet these are, by definition, young horses who are often still underexposed to the racing public. Horses from the Sydney area do tend to dominate the winner’s list, but much precocious talent is brought interstate in the hope of changing that statistic. All this will help you assess any Golden Slipper tips given or odds available.

There is no doubt, as you pore over detailed form and information guides, appreciate any experts’ tips, and assess the odds from key bookmaking companies, that you’ll soon realise this is an unpredictable event – even for horse racing. Mind you, for many punters, this only adds to the interest and excitement as the official starting time arrives and ‘they’re off’!

Golden Slipper Field and Odds

It’s been a terrific part of the annual Australian racing scene since it was first run a full six decades ago. It is now so firmly established that the Golden Slipper field competes for so much in the way of shiny riches. After all, the prize pot for this great race now stands at a terrific three and a half million dollars. This is why it is clearly recognised as being both the premier two-year-old Australian racing occasion, and also the world’s richest event for this age of thoroughbreds. It may be an Australian race but it also gains worldwide attention.

The Golden Slipper is run on a Saturday afternoon as Autumn sets in. Its home is at the superb facility that is Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, with its sweeping track and glorious flower borders. The length of the battle is just 1200 metres, though some older watchers might still reckon it’s a handy six furlongs.

With such a prize pool, it’s not just the Golden Slipper result itself that is keenly contested. Entry has to be earned into this race, and positions are highly sought after. One route to the start of the Golden Slipper itself is to win one of the seven earlier year races each of which provides an automatic entry for the victorious horse. These seven races are the Silver Slipper Stakes, Reisling Stakes, Todman Stakes, Magic Night Stakes, the Sweet Embrace Stakes, the Skyline Stakes, and the Pago Pago Stakes. Of course, keen racing fans will appreciate that Todman was actually the inaugural winner of the Golden Slipper itself, way back in 1957.

The remaining race positions are then given to those two-year-olds who have accumulated the greatest levels of prize money up to this moment in the early part of their racing careers. This means that each year we end up with a Golden Slipper field with a maximum of 16 eager runners, and many more nervous owners and trainers. Two emergencies are also chosen, just in case. These young horses will face off in a race that is often gloriously unpredictable, unless you happen to make the best choices. If this proves to be the case, well you just knew all along, didn’t you!?

So, if like many of your fellow Australians, you are a regular and committed gambler, or if you simply enjoy the occasional punt on some of Australia’s top sporting events, then you’ll want to examine the final field and aim to carefully assess the chances of each. It’s useful, as you do so, to make a check on the range of Golden Slipper odds that are available to you. If your aim is always to take advantage of the best price you can find, then our excellent odds comparison tool is a terrific quick and easy way to do so.

Once you have made your choices and placed your bets, then it’s down to the hard bit – watching how they perform. One thing – it won’t take too long from start to finish!

2017 Golden Slipper Results

R7 Longines Golden Slipper 1200m

Heavy (9) $3,500,000 total 2yo. No sex restriction. Apprentices Cannot Claim. Open. Set Weight Rail: Out 3m Entire Circuit

1st
12 She Will Reign
J: B Melham
T: G Portelli
TIME 1:15.04
ODDS $8.00
2nd
13 Frolic
J: Tommy Berry
T: M J Freedman
MARG. 2.3L
ODDS $8.00
3rd
11 Tulip
J: K Mc Evoy
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
MARG. 5.1L
ODDS $8.00
4th
8 Menari
J: C W Brown
T: G A Ryan
MARG. 5.2L
ODDS $21.00
5th
15 Houtzen
J: J Lloyd
T: A J Edmonds
MARG. 5.7L
ODDS $4.40
6th
3 Trapeze Artist
J: Tim Clark
T: G A Ryan
MARG. 8.0L
ODDS $21.00
7th
5 Diamond Tathagata
J: G Schofield
T: Mark Newnham
MARG. 10.5L
ODDS $31.00
8th
2 Veranillo
J: B Avdulla
T: James Cummings
MARG. 10.9L
ODDS $41.00
9th
17 Chauffeur
J: J Parr
T: M, W & J Hawkes
MARG. 11.3L
ODDS $21.00
10th
16 Madeenaty
J: Regan Bayliss
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
MARG. 14.6L
ODDS $51.00
11th
1 Pariah
J: B Shinn
T: P & P Snowden
MARG. 17.4L
ODDS $10.00
12th
6 Trekking
J: W Buick
T: James Cummings
MARG. 17.5L
ODDS $21.00
13th
4 Single Bullet
J: T Angland
T: G Portelli
MARG. 23.3L
ODDS $31.00
14th
10 Formality
J: Ryan Moore
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
MARG. 24.2L
ODDS $41.00
15th
14 Teaspoon
J: D Dunn
T: M J Freedman
MARG. 24.4L
ODDS $51.00
16th
9 Catchy
J: Craig Williams
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
MARG. 26.5L
ODDS $6.50

2017 Golden Slipper Form Guide

1. Pariah (4)
J: B Shinn (56.5kg)
T: P & P Snowden
Form: 122
 
Rating 93
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Odds $7.00

3/4 len 2nd of 13 (9) $3.40F 55.5 Property 1100m Caulfield G3 B.D. Prel-C&G Good(3) Feb 11. Ran wide during race lg nk 2nd of 14 (9) $4.00F 56.5 Catchy 1200m Caulfield G1 Blue Diamond Good(3) Feb 25. Untested in wet. From leading stable. Drawn well. Has claims.

2. Veranillo (11)
J: B Avdulla (56.5kg)
T: James Cummings
Form: 1123
 
Rating 92
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Odds $26.00

Raced greenly. Hung out near turn 1-1/2 len 2nd of 7 (4) $9.50 56.5 She Will Reign 1100m Rosehill G2 Silver Slipper Soft(5) Feb 18. Sht hd, 2-1/4 len 3rd of 8 (3) $5.50 55.5 Gunnison, Invader 1200m Randwick G2 Todman Stakes Heavy(9) Mar 4. In successful camp. Class rider on board. Faces stronger opposition here. Needs to find a few lengths.

3. Trapeze Artist (5)
J: Tim Clark (56.5kg)
T: G A Ryan
Form: 141
 
Rating 94
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Odds $21.00

Wide throughout. Carried wide concluding stages 2-1/4 len 4th of 9 (9) $11.00 58.0 Invader 1200m Randwick 2yo Hcp Soft(7) Feb 15. 3 len win of 10 (10) $31.00 56.0 Trekking, Muraaqeb 1200m Canberra G3 Black Opal Good(4) Mar 5. Respect stable. Accomplished jockey takes the reins. Up in class. Significant improvement required.

4. Single Bullet (3)
J: T Angland (56.5kg)
T: G Portelli
Form: 2231
 
Rating 94
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Odds $17.00

Checked near 200m lg hd, 3/4 len 3rd of 9 (9) $6.00 55.5 Diamond Tathagata, Coruscate 1200m Randwick G2 Skyline Stakes Heavy(8) Feb 25. Sht nk win of 10 (7) $5.00 55.5 Ducimus, Coruscate 1200m Rosehill G3 Pago Pago Soft(7) Mar 11. Proven performer over this trip. Good draw. Could sneak a place.

5. Diamond Tathagata (7)
J: G Schofield (56.5kg)
T: Mark Newnham
Form: 21
 
Rating 91
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Odds $34.00

Slowly away 4 len 2nd of 12 (4) $41.00 56.0 She Will Reign 1000m Randwick Inglis Nursery Heavy(8) Dec 17. Lg hd win of 9 (5) $9.00 55.5 Coruscate, Single Bullet 1200m Randwick G2 Skyline Stakes Heavy(8) Feb 25. Going up in grade. Not likely.

6. Trekking (18)
J: W Buick (56.5kg)
T: James Cummings
Form: 1x2
 
Rating 91
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Odds $26.00

Jumped awkwardly. Shifted out near 400m 1-1/2 len win of 6 (2) $1.90F 56.0 Goodfella, Gaulois 1100m Rosehill 2yo Plate Good(4) Dec 3. Checked near 1000m 3 len 2nd of 10 (2) $5.00 57.0 Trapeze Artist 1200m Canberra G3 Black Opal Good(4) Mar 5. In good hands. Drawn poorly. Rises in class. Hard to make a case.

7. Invader (15)
J: J Bowman (56.5kg)
T: P & P Snowden
Form: 2512
 
Rating 91
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Scratched
8. Menari (1)
J: C W Brown (56.5kg)
T: G A Ryan
Form: 125
 
Rating 89
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Odds $17.00

Overraced early, middle stages. Blocked for run in straight. Inquiry into performance len 2nd of 6 (1) $1.80F 56.0 Pariah 1100m Rosehill G3 Canonbury Stks Good(4) Jan 28. Passed fit at barrier. Inquiry into performance. Poor post-race recovery 5-3/4 len 5th of 8 (2) $2.30F 55.5 Gunnison 1200m Randwick G2 Todman Stakes Heavy(9) Mar 4. Stable produces plenty of winners. Nice gate. Capable of running a place.

9. Catchy (8)
J: Craig Williams (54.5kg)
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
Form: 1111
★Tip 2
Rating 100
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Odds $4.80

Lost a plate sht hd win of 7 (6) $2.45F 55.5 Limestone, Arctic Angel 1100m Caulfield G2 B.D. Prel-F Good(3) Feb 11. Lg nk win of 14 (11) $4.80 54.5 Pariah, Formality 1200m Caulfield G1 Blue Diamond Good(3) Feb 25. Jury out in wet. Looks one of the better chances.

10. Formality (2)
J: Ryan Moore (54.5kg)
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
Form: 113
 
Rating 91
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Odds $17.00

1-1/2 len win of 8 (7) $2.45F 54.0 Time Awaits, Spoils 1000m Caulfield G3 Chairman's Stks Good(3) Feb 4. Lg nk, 1-3/4 len 3rd of 14 (10) $9.00 54.5 Catchy, Pariah 1200m Caulfield G1 Blue Diamond Good(3) Feb 25. Untried in the wet. Great draw. Could add value to the exotics.

11. Tulip (10)
J: K Mc Evoy (54.5kg)
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
Form: 1241
 
Rating 98
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Odds $7.50

2-1/2 len 4th of 14 (6) $7.00 54.5 Catchy 1200m Caulfield G1 Blue Diamond Good(3) Feb 25. Raced greenly. Hampered near 800m 1-3/4 len win of 16 (11) $4.60 55.5 Alizee, Memento 1200m Rosehill G3 Magic Night Soft(7) Mar 11. Leading jockey engaged. Capable of giving this a shake.

12. She Will Reign (13)
J: B Melham (54.5kg)
T: G Portelli
Form: 1112
★Tip 3
Rating 96
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Odds $5.00

Jumped awkwardly 1-1/2 len win of 7 (5) $1.35F 54.5 Veranillo, Showtime 1100m Rosehill G2 Silver Slipper Soft(5) Feb 18. Overraced early, middle stages 2-1/4 len 2nd of 8 (5) $1.40F 55.5 Frolic 1200m Randwick G2 Reisling Stakes Heavy(9) Mar 4. Won't be troubled if it's wet. Include among the chances.

13. Frolic (17)
J: Tommy Berry (54.5kg)
T: M J Freedman
Form: 2211
 
Rating 94
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Odds $8.50

Jumped awkwardly 1-1/4 len win of 12 (12) $7.00 54.5 Sweet Deal, Lets Get Nauti Gal 1200m Randwick Inglis Classic Good(4) Feb 13. Slowly away 2-1/4 len win of 8 (6) $10.00 55.5 She Will Reign, Villa Carlotta 1200m Randwick G2 Reisling Stakes Heavy(9) Mar 4. Normally races well at this distance. Quality rider booked. Has to overcome tough draw. Each way appeal.

14. Teaspoon (14)
J: D Dunn (54.5kg)
T: M J Freedman
Form: 113
 
Rating 91
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Odds $26.00

1/2 len win of 13 (10) $7.00 56.0 Mystic Empire, Sweet Deal 1100m Rosehill G3 Widden Stakes Good(3) Jan 28. Len, sht hd 3rd of 11 (4) $6.00 55.5 One More Honey, Arctic Angel 1200m Randwick G2 Sweet Embrace Heavy(8) Feb 25. Drawn off the track. Meeting stronger company this time. Unlikely to trouble these.

15. Houtzen (16)
J: J Lloyd (54.5kg)
T: A J Edmonds
Form: 1111
★Tip 1
Rating 98
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Odds $3.90

Tied up 1/2 len win of 16 (16) $4.00 55.0 Chauffeur, Madeenaty 1200m Gold Coast M.M 2yo Classic Good(3) Jan 14. 4 len win of 9 (9) $1.24F 63.0 Miss Exfactor, Acceptile 1000m Eagle Farm 2yo Hcp Soft(5) Mar 4. Accomplished performer in wet. Better suited at the weights here. The wide gate will make things tough. Include among the better chances.

16. Madeenaty (9)
J: Regan Bayliss (54.5kg)
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
Form: 3132
 
Rating 89
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Odds $41.00

1/2 len, 2-1/4 len 3rd of 16 (1) $9.00 55.0 Houtzen, Chauffeur 1200m Gold Coast M.M 2yo Classic Good(3) Jan 14. Lg nk 2nd of 9 (2) $1.45F 57.0 Ploverset 1000m Flemington LR Football Stakes Good(3) Mar 4. Unknown in wet. Bit tougher here. Not expected to threaten.

17. Chauffeur (19)
J: J Parr (56.5kg)
T: M, W & J Hawkes
Form: 1325
 
Rating 91
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Odds $34.00

1/2 len 2nd of 16 (9) $19.00 57.0 Houtzen 1200m Gold Coast M.M 2yo Classic Good(3) Jan 14. Slowly away 4-1/4 len 5th of 10 (3) $2.90F 57.0 Trapeze Artist 1200m Canberra G3 Black Opal Good(4) Mar 5. Yet to run on wet track. Leading trainer. Unlikely to get any favours from the wide gate. More depth to this field. This looks too hard.

18. Showtime (6)
J: - (56.5kg)
T: M, W & J Hawkes
Form: x434
 
Rating 91
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Scratched
19. The Mission (12)
J: - (56.5kg)
T: P M Perry
Form: 4234
 
Rating 85
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Scratched