|1||WRITTEN BY||#4||JORDAN CHILDS||GRAHAME BEGG||ODDS|
|3||AYLMERTON||#8||TOMMY BERRY||JEAN DUBOIS||ODDS|
|4||LONG LEAF||#19||BLAKE SHINN||HAYES/DABERNIG||ODDS|
|5||PERFORMER||#16||HUGH BOWMAN||CHRIS WALLER||ODDS|
|6||EF TROOP||#2||JASON COLLETT||TONY GOLLAN||ODDS|
|7||PRAIRIE FIRE||#6||MARK ZAHRA||MICK PRICE||ODDS|
|8||SANDBAR||#3||CHRISTIAN REITH||BRAD WIDDUP||ODDS|
|10||SUNLIGHT||#5||LUKE CURRIE||TONY MCEVOY||ODDS|
|11||ESTIJAAB||#15||BRENTON AVDULLA||M,W, & J HAWKES||ODDS|
|12||OOHOOD||#11||ZAC PURTON||TONY MCEVOY||ODDS|
|13||FIESTA||#20||KERRIN MCEVOY||CHRIS WALLER||ODDS|
|14||SIZZLING BELLE||#1||KATHY O’HARA||NICK OLIVE||ODDS|
|15||SEABROOK||#12||DAMIEN OLIVER||MICK PRICE||ODDS|
|16||SECRET LADY||#13||BEN MELHAM||GARY PORTELLI||ODDS|
|17 EM1||QAFILA||#10||CRAIG WILLIAMS||HAYES/DABERNIG||ODDS|
|18 EM2||GONGS||#14||TBA||JAMES CUMMINGS||ODDS|
|19 EM3||LEGEND OF CONDOR||#9||TBA||GERALD RYAN||ODDS|
|20 EM4||SPIN||#18||TBA||P&P SNOWDEN||ODDS|
|19 EM3||LEGEND OF CONDOR||#9||ODDS|
Sunlight has been unstoppable and will be looking to secure the sixth consecutive win of her career when she lines up in the Slipper. Sent for a break following a 3rd on debut back in October, Tony McEvoy set the filly on a Magic Millions path, a plan that saw the filly dominate her opposition across 3 races at Gold Coast. Lining up in the Magic Millions Classic she secured a two length victory in a dominant performance. Taking on the Silver Slipper at her first look at Rosehill, Tim Clark warmed the saddle for Luke Currie in taking out the traditional lead-in race. The past two fillies to win the Silver Slipper have both gone on to win the Golden Slipper, while Sunlight was given another final hit-out to prepare when securing a stylish victory in the Magic Night Stakes, justifying a short quote in scoring a dominant win.
Written By will be looking to join an elite group of winners of both the Blue Diamond Stakes and Golden Slipper, with the last colt to complete the double Sepoy back in 2011. Remaining undefeated in four races, the Grahame Begg trained colt had an important last run to round out his Slipper preparations when taking on the Pago Pago Stakes. Gaining valuable experience at Rosehill in his first race the Sydney way of going, the chestnut colt led the field up when pressing to the front from gate 3. The field started to close in the last 100m, however the colt showed he is all class, digging deep and holding the chasers off to score by a long neck over Sandbar. Stratum was the last horse to secure the Pago Pago/Slipper double. There was plenty to like about his Pago Pago win with the closing 600m run in good time and fighting hard all the way.
Gai Waterhouse has a fantastic record for training the winner of this race. Santos comes into the race off a win in the Skyline Stakes, the same lead-in Waterhouse used when winning the 2004 Slipper with Dance Hero. Santos had 2 starts in the Spring, placing 3rd on debut behind Performer in the Listed Breeders Plate and unplaced run in the Victory Vein. Sent for a break and following two impressive trials the colt returned in the Pierro Plate at Randwick. Ridden on the speed for the first time, he was able to break clear and post a 2.5 length victory. Sent out a short-priced favourite in the Skyline Stakes where he was again ridden on the speed and was a nice winner over the 1200m trip. Given a 740m trial since that win to stay sharp, if there is a chink anywhere, it may come from the fact all his trials and race appearances have been at Randwick.
The last Queensland trained horse to win the Golden Slipper was Phelan Ready. Ef Troop will look to join his fellow banana bender on the Slipper honour roll and follows the same path, having the final lead-in run in the Todman Stakes. Ironically Phelan Ready was 2nd in the Todman, the same position that Ef Troop finished. Settling on the speed in his first Sydney appearance, Ef Troop was right on the speed from gate 2 and hit the front when looking to kick clear, however Aylmerton was able to finish over the top to grab victory by a long neck. After wining the Phelan Ready at Doomben by a dominant five lengths, the gelding was next seen in the Magic Millions where he burnt hard to get across from gate 13 and was left a sitting shot for Sunlight in finishing 4th. The Todman run was his first run in 56 days and he should be primed for the Slipper.
Not only is the Golden Slipper the world’s richest race for 2 year olds, it sits third on the Australian group racing calendar for richest race, eclipsed only by the Melbourne Cup and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Held over 1200m at Rosehill, in 2018 the race has total stake money of $3.5m with the winner receiving $2m. It is also a race referred to as one of the “Big 4” alongside the Melbourne and Caulfield Cups and the Cox Plate.
The field is decided via a ballot of those that have nominated for entry. The ballot is conducted through total prize-money a horse has already won with ballot exemptions available to the winners of the Silver Slipper, Sweet Embrace, Skyline, Reisling, Todman, Magic Night and Pago Pago Stakes.
A set weights event, in 2018 colts and geldings will carry 56.5kg with fillies to carry 54.5kg. It is a race that has been won by some of the stars of the Australian turf with names like Pierro, Sebring, Dance Hero, Flying Spur, Manikato, Vain and the very first winner in 1957, Todman. The Golden Slipper forms a part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Odds and previews are available for all the major Autumn Racing Carnival races at UBET's Autumn Racing Betting Hub.
|Date:||Sat 24 March 2018|
|Race Time:||16:10 AEDT|
|Race Type||Set Weights|
|2017 Winner:||She Will Reign|
|2018 Golden Slipper Odds|
|2017||She Will Reign|