Houtzen can look to create a number of 'firsts' by securing victory in the world's richest 2YO race. A win will secure trainer Toby Edmonds with his first Group 1 win as a trainer. Victory will see her become the first filly to secure the Magic Millions Classic/Golden Slipper double- a result that will see her join Phelan ready as Queenslander’s that have been able to annex the rich double. A win would see jockey Jeff Lloyd become the oldest jockey to win the Slipper at age 55. The speedy filly comes into the Slipper unbeaten from four starts, two of those wins coming on soft ground. Following her dominance of the Magic Millions from a wide gate, she then lumped a mammoth 63kg to win over 1000m at Eagle Farm in her final lead-up run, displaying her brilliance in a four length victory.
Just like Houtzen, Catchy is a filly that is undefeated in four starts. The major win for the Hayes/Dabernig trained daughter of Fastnet Rock came when taking out the Blue Diamond Stakes. Victory would see Catchy become just the third filly to complete the Blue Diamond/ Golden Slipper double. Unlike Houtzen, she has developed a race pattern of swooping over the top, which lends itself to running into bad-luck, something that so far she has managed to avoid in running over the top of her opponents. The last and only winner that David Hayes prepared to win the Slipper was the champion filly Miss Finland and he saddles Catchy along with son Ben and Tom Dabernig. Catchy’s Diamond win was superb, really attacking the line in the closing stages and the form of that was confirmed when Tulip was able to win last week.
Trained by the Snowden’s, victory would see successive wins for the trainer/jockey combination following the win of Capitalist in 2016 with Blake Shinn in the saddle. They have opted to run the Redoute’s Choice colt and he fared well by drawing in barrier 4. The colt debuted in the G3 Canonbury Stakes where he settled near the rear of the 6 horse field before finding the line strongly at the end of the 1100m to take a one length victory. Pariah was then sent to Melbourne for a two start campaign to target the Blue Diamond. Starting favourite in the colts & geldings Prelude he again found the line but came up just short, finishing three quarters of a length from Property. In the Blue Diamond, the colt was ridden much closer to the pace and it was only the finishing burst of Catchy that he could not hold off, finishing a half-length 2nd.
Gerald Ryan and Corey Brown combine with Menari looking to break a frustrating period for both in chasing Golden Slipper glory. Combined the pair have lined up on 27 occasions for two second placings. Brown has ridden in 13 Slipper’s, while Ryan has saddled 14 runners. Menari has faced the starter on three occasions, securing victory on debut in a set weights and penalties event over 1100m at Randwick, starting as an odds-on favourite. He again started in red figures in the Canonbury Stakes when finishing a one length 2nd behind Pariah. He was the favoured runner again in the Todman Stakes but struggled to make ground in the straight in the slop and finished five lengths in arrears of Gunnison. The Snitzel colt has been ridden by a different jockey at each of his three career starts and Brown gets the call up 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 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 2017 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 18th March 2017|
|Race Time:||15:30 AEST|
|Race Type||2YO Set Weights|
|2017 Golden Slipper Odds|
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|