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 24 March 2018
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 Ranvet Stakes, George Ryder Stakes, Rosehill Guineas and The Galaxy.
Golden Slipper Final Field & Odds 2018
See below for early markets for this years Golden Slipper.
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.
|1 Written By
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:
||She Will Reign
||Bring Me The Maid
||Von Costa De Hero
||Belle Du Jour