Golden Slipper Race Information

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
  • Distance: 1200 metres
  • Conditions: Set weights, 2YOs
  • Track: Rosehill Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Prizemoney: $3,500,000
  • Date: Saturday 27 March 2021

Golden Slipper Race History

See the 2021 Golden Slipper Stakes Preview and Results.

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.

In 2019 the Australian Turf Club and Racing NSW announced a “Golden Slam” where a horse that can win the Golden Slipper as a tw0-year-old, the Golden Rose as a three-year-old and the Golden Eagle as a four-year-old will also get a $5 million bonus.

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 Ranvet Stakes, George Ryder StakesRosehill Guineas and  The Galaxy.

Useful Facts

Last filly to win; Kiamichi  (2019)

Fastest time (1200m): Dance Hero (2004) 1:08:6

Interesting trivia:

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:

Year Winner Second Third
2021 Stay Inside Anamoe Ingratiating
2020 Farnan Away Game Mamaragan
2019 Kiamichi Microphone Lyre
2018 Estijaab Oohood Sunlight
2017 She Will Reign Frolic Tulip
2016 Capitalist Yankee Rose Flying Artie
2015 Vancouver English Lake Geneva
2014 Mossfun Earthquake Bring Me The Maid
2013 Overreach Sidestep Sweet Idea
2012 Pierro Snitzerland Samaready
2011 Sepoy Mosheen Elite Falls
2010 Crystal Lily Decision Time More Strawberries
2009 Phelan Ready Headway Manhattan Rain
2008 Sebring Von Costa De Hero Portillo
2007 Forensics Zizou Meurice
2006 Miss Finland Pure Energy Churchill Downs
2005 Stratum Fashions Afield Media
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

From the archives:

Golden Slipper Preview & Tips 2018

Track: Soft   Weather: Overcast

There is a full field of 16 plus four emergencies for the $3,500,000 Longines Golden Slipper, and Hayes/Dabernig, Chris Waller, Mick Price and Tony McAvoy have multiple runners. The early favourite is Sunlight who has 5 wins from 6 starts and won the G2 Silver Slipper and G3 Magic Night Stakes at her last 2 starts. Second favourite is Written By who is unbeaten in 4 starts including the Blue Diamond Stakes and G2 Pago Pago Stakes. Third favourite is Seabrook who chased hard to win the G2 Sweet Embrace Stakes by 0.5 length last start.

Santos has won both starts this campaign, including the G2 Skyline Stakes on soft going. Performer won his first 2 starts then parted ways with jockey Hugh Bowman when he shifted out abruptly in the straight in the Todman Stakes last outing. Estijaab has 2 wins and a close 2nd from her 3 starts. Sandbar made the winner work all the way to the line when a close 2nd in the Pago Pago. All other runners are currently 16 to 1 or longer, including the Todman Stakes winner Aylmerton.

The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.

Jo’s Tips
10 Sunlight
1 Written By
2 Santos
15 Seabrook
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