The Golden Slipper is a 1200 metre race for two-year-olds run under set weight conditions. The world’s richest race for two-year-old thoroughbreds, it is held by the Australian Turf Club in the autumn of each year.
- Race Type: Group 1 Handicap
- Distance: 1,200 metres
- Track: Rosehill Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
- Date: Saturday 18 March 2017
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The Golden Slipper was first run in 1957 for a purse of 20,000 pounds and was won by Todman who went on to sire the winners of the race in 1964 and 1967. It has grown to become the world’s richest two-year old race with prizemoney of $3.5 million since 2012. Under the set weight conditions colts and geldings carry 56.5kg and fillies carry 54.5kg.
It is the first leg of the Sydney Triple Crown for two-year-olds, followed by the ATC Sires Produce Stakes over 1400 metres and the Champagne Stakes over 1600 metres. It attracts top quality youngsters, and most years there will be several runners who come into the race with an unbeaten record. The main lead-up races for fillies are the Reisling Slipper Trial and Magic Night Stakes, while major races for the boys are the Todman Slipper Trial and Pago Pago Stakes.
Golden Slipper day is one of the best racedays of the year in Sydney. Four other Group 1 races are held the same day at Rosehill Gardens with total prize money of more than $7 million. They are the BMW, George Ryder Stakes, Queen of the Turf Stakes and the Storm Queen/Vinery Stud Stakes.
Golden Slipper Final Field & Odds 2017
See below for early markets for this years Golden Slipper.‘Odds not currently available’
Golden Slipper Preview & Tips 2017
Track: Soft Weather: Overcast
There is a full field of 16 plus three emergencies for the $3,500,000 Longines Golden Slipper, and Hayes/Dabernig, Gerald Ryan, John O’Shea, Peter & Paul Snowden, Gary Portelli and Michael Freedman have multiple runners. The early favourite is unbeaten Queensland filly Houtzen who can handle soft going and will give them something to chase. Second favouritism is shared between Blue Diamond Stakes winner Catchy, who is the only other unbeaten runner, and Silver Slipper winner She Will Reign, who has 3 wins from 4 starts.
Pariah was a close 2nd in the Blue Diamond. Tulip raced greenly in the Magic Night last week, but still managed to win by nearly 2 lengths. Frolic has won her last 2 races by good margins, both over this distance. Invader just missed for 2nd in the Todman, while Menari was a disappointing 5th in the same race. Formality had 2 wins before a fighting 3rd in the Blue Diamond. All other runners are currently 30 to 1 or longer.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|9 Catchy||12 She Will Reign||9 Catchy|
|1 Pariah||11 Tulip||15 Houtzen|
|15 Houtzen||9 Catchy||12 She Will Reign|
|12 She Will Reign||6 Trekking||10 Formality|
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Past winners of the Golden Slipper:
Many Golden Slipper winners have gone on to sire future winners, beginning with Todman in 1957 who sired Eskimo Prince (1964) and Sweet Embrace (1967). Todman was by Star Kingdom who sired the first five winners of the Golden Slipper. Gai Waterhouse is the only trainer to trifecta the race when Ha Ha (2001) beat 2 stablemates home. When she quinellaed the 2015 race she equalled her fathers record of 6 winners in the race. No Golden Slipper winner has ever won the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate or Melbourne Cup.
The past winners of the AAMI Golden Slipper, which is one of the grand slam events of Australian thoroughbred racing, are:
|2017||She Will Reign||Frolic||Tulip|
|2016||Capitalist||Yankee Rose||Flying Artie|
|2014||Mossfun||Earthquake||Bring Me The Maid|
|2010||Crystal Lily||Decision Time||More Strawberries|
|2009||Phelan Ready||Headway||Manhattan Rain|
|2008||Sebring||Von Costa De Hero||Portillo|
|2006||Miss Finland||Pure Energy||Churchill Downs|
|2004||Dance Hero||Charge Forward||Alinghi|
|2003||Polar Success||How Funny||Hasna|
|2002||Calaway Gal||Victory Vein||Choisir|
|2001||Ha Ha||Excellerator||Red Hannigan|
|2000||Belle Du Jour||Crowned Glory||Assertive Lad|