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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.
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 Stakes, Rosehill Guineas and The Galaxy.