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 2016 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 2016 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.
|Golden Slipper Guide|
|Date:||Saturday 19th March 2016|
|Race Time:||15:30 AEST|
|Race Type||2YO Set Weights|
|2016 Golden Slipper Odds|
|13||YANKEE ROSE||2ND||$5.50 (p)|
|2||FLYING ARTIE||3RD||$1.80 (p)|
|4||KISS AND MAKE UP||-||-|
No shortage of speed in this year’s Golden Slipper as you’d expect with the Gai Waterhouse-trained pair of KISS AND MAKE UP and SCARLET RAIN likely to press forward with ASTERN also firing across from his outside barrier. EXTREME CHOICE and CAPITALIST should be handy whilst FLYING ARTIE is expected to settle closer than usual after drawing kindly for a change.
CAPITALIST has never started longer than $1.65 in his four starts. He was impressive winning his first three outings with faultless displays, including the $2 million Magic Millions Classic (1200m). Capitalist was then beaten as $1.22 favourite in the Todman Stakes by KISS AND MAKE UP who led throughout, running his first 600 metres in 34.82 seconds and the last 600 metres in 34.75 seconds. Capitalist gave a spirited chase, he was no match, but pulled up mildly lame post-race. It may pay to forgive that run as he now starts at a healthy each-way price and is drawn to get every chance.
EXTREME CHOICE is unbeaten after three starts and couldn’t have been more impressive winning in each of those outings. He ran the fastest time for a two-year-old over 1000 metres at Caulfield since Crystal Lily, a previous Golden Slipper winner, in the Chairman’s Stakes and then showed he can run a strong 1200 metres in the Blue Diamond. He is clearly the one to beat.
There’s a sense of timing about the campaign of KISS AND MAKE UP. He won two trials in January and is unbeaten from two starts, including wins over VRC Sires’ Produce runner-up Detective and CAPITALIST.
FLYING ARTIE was narrowly beaten on debut in the Maribyrnong Plate before being spelled and winning his Blue Diamond Prelude in good style first up. He drew wide again in the Blue Diamond and was pushed wide on the turn before surging into a clear second, finishing under two lengths from Extreme Choice, running the quickest final 600 metres of the race (34.35 seconds).
CALLIOPE won the Gimcrack Stakes on debut with an excellent last-to-first win and was similarly impressive in last week’s Magic Night Stakes (1200m). Look for her running home out wide in the straight.
Undefeated in 3 starts, the Mick Price trained colt has been breathtaking in each victory, for a combined winning margin of 8¼ lengths. A winner of the Chairman’s Stakes at G3 level at Caulfield he then went to the Blue Diamond Stakes a well-supported favourite and after starting in gate 11 he worked forward, raced on the speed and was too good. His point to point acceleration is a huge asset and he has handled the Sydney right handed racing, winning on debut at Randwick and winning a barrier trial at Rosehill.
The 2nd of the Mick Price trained runners, Flying Artie lands a decent marble after starting from gate 13 of 13 runners in the Blue Diamond Prelude and then from 15 of 16 in the Blue Diamond. The poor barriers haven’t stopped the colt however, as he charged home late to take his Blue Diamond Prelude and again finished strongly from a long way back when 1¾ lengths from Extreme Choice in the Blue Diamond. This will be a chance to see how good he is and if successful will give Damien Oliver his 2nd Golden Slipper at his 19th attempt.
The Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner stepped out in the Todman and in the small field sat outside Kiss And Make Up in a muddling tempo through the middle stages. He didn’t have a sharp sprint when required and battled into 2nd in the small field. He was stood down a veterinary clearance after the race, which he has since passed. The one-time Slipper favourite has 3 wins from 4 career starts, draws ideally in barrier 2 and trainer Peter Snowden knows what is required to win a Slipper and despite his defeat in the Todman remains confident that the big dance is where we will see the best of Capitalist.
Starting her career in the early season 2YO races, Calliope won on debut in the Listed Gimcrack Stakes. Starting favourite in that event she was an impressive winner and was immediately sent back to the spelling paddock. Lining up in the Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude she didn’t look entirely comfortable the Melbourne left-handed going. Angling for an opening, Samara Dancer beat her to the spot and went on to win the race and it took Calliope a while to wind back up to full speed. Returning to Sydney she was successful in the Magic Night Stakes and if the speed is hot early, her wide barrier should be no concern.
The Golden Slipper Stakes is a Group 1 horse race for two-year-olds held annually in late-March or early-April at Sydney’s Rosehill Racecourse. The race is run over the sprint distance of 1200m and is the richest race in the world for two-year-olds. With prize money of $3.5m up for grabs, the race attracts only the finest young gallopers in the country in a fiercely competitive event. The race headlines Golden Slipper Stakes Day, one of the marquee events at the Sydney Autumn Carnival. Winners of Group 2 lead up races such as the Reisling Slipper Trial, Todman Slipper Trial, Pago Pago Stakes and Magic Night Stakes gain automatic qualification into the event. All other competitors hoping to feature in the race must pass qualifying standards and/or a ballot to make the final field. History has shown that past winners usually go on to be stars of the turf, including the Gai Waterhouse trained Pierro, who completed the ‘triple crown’ by winning the Golden Slipper early in the 2012 autumn, then the Group 1 ATC Sires Produce Stakes and the Group 1 ATC Champagne Stakes.
The first Golden Slipper was held in 1957 and won by Todman. Between 2001 and 2013, Gai Waterhouse saddled up five Slipper winners, including all three placegetters in 2001 (Ha Ha 1st, Excellerator 2nd and Red Hannigan 3rd). The Golden Slipper has fit snuggly on some of our equine greats like Skyline (1958), Sky High (1960), Vain (1969), Luskin Star (1977), Manikato (1978), Marscay (1982), Miss Finland (2006), Sebring (2008), Sepoy (2011) and Pierro (2012). Winning the Golden Slipper after success in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield has proved elusive bar for John’s Hope (1972), Manikato (1978), Bounding Away (1986), Courtza (1989) and Sepoy (2011).
|2016||CAPITALIST||BLAKE SHINN||PETER SNOWDEN||01:10.5|
|2015||VANCOUVER||TOM BERRY||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:09.7|
|2014||MOSSFUN||JAMES MCDONALD||M, W & J HAWKES||01:12.1|
|2013||OVERREACH||TOM BERRY||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:11.0|
|2012||PIERRO||NASH RAWILLER||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:09.7|
|2011||SEPOY||KERRIN MCEVOY||PETER SNOWDEN||01:10.0|
|2010||CRYSTAL LILY||BRETT PREBBLE||M ELLERTON & S ZAHRA||01:10.7|
|2009||PHELAN READY||BRAD RAWILLER||B & J MCLACHLAN||01:11.7|
|2008||SEBRING||GLEN BOSS||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:12.9|
|2007||FORENSICS||DAMIEN OLIVER||JOHN R. HAWKES||01:09.3|
|2006||MISS FINLAND||CRAIG WILLIAMS||DAVID HAYES||01:09.5|