Golden Slipper

The Golden Slipper Stakes is a 1,200-metre race that is run at Sydney’s picturesque Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in March each year. It is an Australian Turf Club Group 1 Thoroughbred race for two-year-olds, using set weight conditions. Its total prize purse of $3.5 million makes it the richest horse race for two-year-olds in the world. The Golden Slipper shares the race day with four other Group 1 events that also attract a lot of attention: the George Ryder Stakes, the Ranvet Stakes, The Galaxy and the Rosehill Guineas.   A big event on the racing calendar is always the barrier draw for the Golden Slipper, which attracts significant attention from everybody connected with the industry – particularly punters looking for a good Golden Slipper tip. There is always a lot of debate about the importance of barriers in influencing the outcome of a race, but it cannot be denied that some barriers are historically more successful than others. In terms of the Golden Slipper result, Barrier 1 has been the luckiest of all barriers, producing nine winners. At first glance that makes perfect sense, but in horse racing the inside lane is not always the most likely to win. For instance, in the entire history of the Caulfield Cup only one horse that drew the rails has ever gone on to win, Go Dreaming in 1941. By far the unluckiest barrier in the Golden Slipper is Barrier 13, delivering no winners at all. Again, that makes perfect sense at first glance (depending how superstitious you are).   Of course, the barrier draw certainly doesn’t mean everything and a good enough horse can overcome any obstacle. In 1993 the legendary filly Bint Marscay drew the extreme outside barrier and many thought that was the end of her chances to claim a Golden Slipper. Little did they know. In one of the best runs in Golden Slipper history she blitzed the competition to win by more than two lengths. Not only did she become the only horse ever to win a Golden Slipper from the outside barrier, she set a new race record and was only 8/100ths of a second away from breaking the course record.   The extremely generous prize pool attracts a big field of excellent two-year-old horses that are eager to add the Golden Slipper to their list of achievements as they climb to the top. The fact the Golden Slipper field is made up of such underexposed horses means that it can be a thrilling spectacle. It also means that it can be very unpredictable, the kind of race where a sensible punter will always take a look at the Golden Slipper tips being offered by our professional analysts. Our tipsters live for races like the Golden Slipper and spend their waking hours studying the horses, jockeys and trainers that might get the nod to enter a starting barrier.     Sydney horses tend to dominate the winners list of the Golden Slipper, but almost every year there are a number of precocious two-year-olds making the journey from interstate to try to claim the title. The Golden Slipper has been won by 27 colts, 25 fillies and seven geldings.

Golden Slipper Field and Odds

The Golden Slipper is one of the most highly-sought titles in the racing world and each year there is a fierce battle for positions in the starting barriers. There are two ways to become part of the Golden Slipper field. The first is by winning the Sweet Embrace Stakes, Skyline Stakes, Reisling Stakes, Silver Slipper Stakes, Todman Stakes, Magic Night Stakes or the Pago Pago Stakes. The winners of those races gain automatic entry, meaning each race is even more hotly contested than you would usually expect. The rest of the positions in the Golden Slipper field are awarded to the horses that have won the most prize money in their careers to date.   The five Group 1 races that occur on Golden Slipper make it the richest single day of racing in Australia all year. With such a great day of racing on offer you will do well to check out the tips that are put together by our professional analysts. You will also find a lot of value in our Golden Slipper odds comparison tool, which is the quickest and easiest way to make sure you’re getting the best possible price on your Slipper hopefuls.

The Golden Slipper odds can be a somewhat tricky game. This is because so little is known about each of the horses, especially when compared to those in the other great races in Australia that are mostly open to horses that are three years and older. For instance, in the 2017 Golden Slipper result the top three horses – She Will Reign, Frolic and Tunic – were all priced at $8.

It can also be a very close race. The first photo finish Golden Slipper result occurred way back in 1966. Academy Star seemed to have the race all sewn up, but then Storm Queen flashed down the outside to claim victory by a head. Third place horse, Very Merry, completed the trifecta by three quarters of a length.

The tightness of the field, as well as the fact the horses are often very underexposed, means the Golden Slipper tips of our professional analysts are even more handy to punters in this race than they usually are.

The first Golden Slipper was run in 1957, initiated by Sydney Turf Club committeeman George Ryder, and the inaugural race was taken out with an impressive eight lengths by Todman. The high achievement chart of Golden Slipper results reads as somewhat of a family affair, with legendary trainer Tommy Smith winning six Slippers and his daughter Gai Waterhouse also winning six. The most successful jockeys have been Shane Dye and Ron Quinton, each steering four horses towards victory in the Golden Slipper.

A win in the Golden Slipper has helped to set up the career of some of the nation’s most impressive horses, such as the legendary Manikato. The Golden Slipper result that is most fondly remembered is the incredible run by Belle Du Jour in 2000, who nearly fell at the start of the race but then charged through the pack to come from last to first place.

2017 Golden Slipper Results

R7 Longines Golden Slipper 1200m

Heavy (9) $3,500,000 total 2yo. No sex restriction. Apprentices Cannot Claim. Open. Set Weight Rail: Out 3m Entire Circuit

1st
12 She Will Reign
J: B Melham
T: G Portelli
TIME 1:15.04
ODDS $8.00
2nd
13 Frolic
J: Tommy Berry
T: M J Freedman
MARG. 2.3L
ODDS $8.00
3rd
11 Tulip
J: K Mc Evoy
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
MARG. 5.1L
ODDS $8.00
4th
8 Menari
J: C W Brown
T: G A Ryan
MARG. 5.2L
ODDS $21.00
5th
15 Houtzen
J: J Lloyd
T: A J Edmonds
MARG. 5.7L
ODDS $4.40
6th
3 Trapeze Artist
J: Tim Clark
T: G A Ryan
MARG. 8.0L
ODDS $21.00
7th
5 Diamond Tathagata
J: G Schofield
T: Mark Newnham
MARG. 10.5L
ODDS $31.00
8th
2 Veranillo
J: B Avdulla
T: J A O'Shea
MARG. 10.9L
ODDS $41.00
9th
17 Chauffeur
J: J Parr
T: G A Ryan
MARG. 11.3L
ODDS $21.00
10th
16 Madeenaty
J: Regan Bayliss
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
MARG. 14.6L
ODDS $51.00
11th
1 Pariah
J: B Shinn
T: P & P Snowden
MARG. 17.4L
ODDS $10.00
12th
6 Trekking
J: W Buick
T: J A O'Shea
MARG. 17.5L
ODDS $21.00
13th
4 Single Bullet
J: T Angland
T: G Portelli
MARG. 23.3L
ODDS $31.00
14th
10 Formality
J: Ryan Moore
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
MARG. 24.2L
ODDS $41.00
15th
14 Teaspoon
J: D Dunn
T: M J Freedman
MARG. 24.4L
ODDS $51.00
16th
9 Catchy
J: Craig Williams
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
MARG. 26.5L
ODDS $6.50

2017 Golden Slipper Form Guide

1. Pariah (4)
J: B Shinn (56.5kg)
T: P & P Snowden
Form: 122
 
Rating 93
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Odds $7.00

3/4 len 2nd of 13 (9) $3.40F 55.5 Property 1100m Caulfield G3 B.D. Prel-C&G Good(3) Feb 11. Ran wide during race lg nk 2nd of 14 (9) $4.00F 56.5 Catchy 1200m Caulfield G1 Blue Diamond Good(3) Feb 25. Untested in wet. From leading stable. Drawn well. Has claims.

2. Veranillo (11)
J: B Avdulla (56.5kg)
T: J A O'Shea
Form: 1123
 
Rating 92
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Odds $26.00

Raced greenly. Hung out near turn 1-1/2 len 2nd of 7 (4) $9.50 56.5 She Will Reign 1100m Rosehill G2 Silver Slipper Soft(5) Feb 18. Sht hd, 2-1/4 len 3rd of 8 (3) $5.50 55.5 Gunnison, Invader 1200m Randwick G2 Todman Stakes Heavy(9) Mar 4. In successful camp. Class rider on board. Faces stronger opposition here. Needs to find a few lengths.

3. Trapeze Artist (5)
J: Tim Clark (56.5kg)
T: G A Ryan
Form: 141
 
Rating 94
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Odds $21.00

Wide throughout. Carried wide concluding stages 2-1/4 len 4th of 9 (9) $11.00 58.0 Invader 1200m Randwick 2yo Hcp Soft(7) Feb 15. 3 len win of 10 (10) $31.00 56.0 Trekking, Muraaqeb 1200m Canberra G3 Black Opal Good(4) Mar 5. Respect stable. Accomplished jockey takes the reins. Up in class. Significant improvement required.

4. Single Bullet (3)
J: T Angland (56.5kg)
T: G Portelli
Form: 2231
 
Rating 94
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Odds $17.00

Checked near 200m lg hd, 3/4 len 3rd of 9 (9) $6.00 55.5 Diamond Tathagata, Coruscate 1200m Randwick G2 Skyline Stakes Heavy(8) Feb 25. Sht nk win of 10 (7) $5.00 55.5 Ducimus, Coruscate 1200m Rosehill G3 Pago Pago Soft(7) Mar 11. Proven performer over this trip. Good draw. Could sneak a place.

5. Diamond Tathagata (7)
J: G Schofield (56.5kg)
T: Mark Newnham
Form: 21
 
Rating 91
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Odds $34.00

Slowly away 4 len 2nd of 12 (4) $41.00 56.0 She Will Reign 1000m Randwick Inglis Nursery Heavy(8) Dec 17. Lg hd win of 9 (5) $9.00 55.5 Coruscate, Single Bullet 1200m Randwick G2 Skyline Stakes Heavy(8) Feb 25. Going up in grade. Not likely.

6. Trekking (18)
J: W Buick (56.5kg)
T: J A O'Shea
Form: 1x2
 
Rating 91
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Odds $26.00

Jumped awkwardly. Shifted out near 400m 1-1/2 len win of 6 (2) $1.90F 56.0 Goodfella, Gaulois 1100m Rosehill 2yo Plate Good(4) Dec 3. Checked near 1000m 3 len 2nd of 10 (2) $5.00 57.0 Trapeze Artist 1200m Canberra G3 Black Opal Good(4) Mar 5. In good hands. Drawn poorly. Rises in class. Hard to make a case.

7. Invader (15)
J: J Bowman (56.5kg)
T: P & P Snowden
Form: 2512
 
Rating 91
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Scratched
8. Menari (1)
J: C W Brown (56.5kg)
T: G A Ryan
Form: 125
 
Rating 89
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Odds $17.00

Overraced early, middle stages. Blocked for run in straight. Inquiry into performance len 2nd of 6 (1) $1.80F 56.0 Pariah 1100m Rosehill G3 Canonbury Stks Good(4) Jan 28. Passed fit at barrier. Inquiry into performance. Poor post-race recovery 5-3/4 len 5th of 8 (2) $2.30F 55.5 Gunnison 1200m Randwick G2 Todman Stakes Heavy(9) Mar 4. Stable produces plenty of winners. Nice gate. Capable of running a place.

9. Catchy (8)
J: Craig Williams (54.5kg)
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
Form: 1111
★Tip 2
Rating 100
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Odds $4.80

Lost a plate sht hd win of 7 (6) $2.45F 55.5 Limestone, Arctic Angel 1100m Caulfield G2 B.D. Prel-F Good(3) Feb 11. Lg nk win of 14 (11) $4.80 54.5 Pariah, Formality 1200m Caulfield G1 Blue Diamond Good(3) Feb 25. Jury out in wet. Looks one of the better chances.

10. Formality (2)
J: Ryan Moore (54.5kg)
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
Form: 113
 
Rating 91
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Odds $17.00

1-1/2 len win of 8 (7) $2.45F 54.0 Time Awaits, Spoils 1000m Caulfield G3 Chairman's Stks Good(3) Feb 4. Lg nk, 1-3/4 len 3rd of 14 (10) $9.00 54.5 Catchy, Pariah 1200m Caulfield G1 Blue Diamond Good(3) Feb 25. Untried in the wet. Great draw. Could add value to the exotics.

11. Tulip (10)
J: K Mc Evoy (54.5kg)
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
Form: 1241
 
Rating 98
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Odds $7.50

2-1/2 len 4th of 14 (6) $7.00 54.5 Catchy 1200m Caulfield G1 Blue Diamond Good(3) Feb 25. Raced greenly. Hampered near 800m 1-3/4 len win of 16 (11) $4.60 55.5 Alizee, Memento 1200m Rosehill G3 Magic Night Soft(7) Mar 11. Leading jockey engaged. Capable of giving this a shake.

12. She Will Reign (13)
J: B Melham (54.5kg)
T: G Portelli
Form: 1112
★Tip 3
Rating 96
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Odds $5.00

Jumped awkwardly 1-1/2 len win of 7 (5) $1.35F 54.5 Veranillo, Showtime 1100m Rosehill G2 Silver Slipper Soft(5) Feb 18. Overraced early, middle stages 2-1/4 len 2nd of 8 (5) $1.40F 55.5 Frolic 1200m Randwick G2 Reisling Stakes Heavy(9) Mar 4. Won't be troubled if it's wet. Include among the chances.

13. Frolic (17)
J: Tommy Berry (54.5kg)
T: M J Freedman
Form: 2211
 
Rating 94
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Odds $8.50

Jumped awkwardly 1-1/4 len win of 12 (12) $7.00 54.5 Sweet Deal, Lets Get Nauti Gal 1200m Randwick Inglis Classic Good(4) Feb 13. Slowly away 2-1/4 len win of 8 (6) $10.00 55.5 She Will Reign, Villa Carlotta 1200m Randwick G2 Reisling Stakes Heavy(9) Mar 4. Normally races well at this distance. Quality rider booked. Has to overcome tough draw. Each way appeal.

14. Teaspoon (14)
J: D Dunn (54.5kg)
T: M J Freedman
Form: 113
 
Rating 91
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Odds $26.00

1/2 len win of 13 (10) $7.00 56.0 Mystic Empire, Sweet Deal 1100m Rosehill G3 Widden Stakes Good(3) Jan 28. Len, sht hd 3rd of 11 (4) $6.00 55.5 One More Honey, Arctic Angel 1200m Randwick G2 Sweet Embrace Heavy(8) Feb 25. Drawn off the track. Meeting stronger company this time. Unlikely to trouble these.

15. Houtzen (16)
J: J Lloyd (54.5kg)
T: A J Edmonds
Form: 1111
★Tip 1
Rating 98
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Odds $3.90

Tied up 1/2 len win of 16 (16) $4.00 55.0 Chauffeur, Madeenaty 1200m Gold Coast M.M 2yo Classic Good(3) Jan 14. 4 len win of 9 (9) $1.24F 63.0 Miss Exfactor, Acceptile 1000m Eagle Farm 2yo Hcp Soft(5) Mar 4. Accomplished performer in wet. Better suited at the weights here. The wide gate will make things tough. Include among the better chances.

16. Madeenaty (9)
J: Regan Bayliss (54.5kg)
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
Form: 3132
 
Rating 89
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Odds $41.00

1/2 len, 2-1/4 len 3rd of 16 (1) $9.00 55.0 Houtzen, Chauffeur 1200m Gold Coast M.M 2yo Classic Good(3) Jan 14. Lg nk 2nd of 9 (2) $1.45F 57.0 Ploverset 1000m Flemington LR Football Stakes Good(3) Mar 4. Unknown in wet. Bit tougher here. Not expected to threaten.

17. Chauffeur (19)
J: J Parr (56.5kg)
T: G A Ryan
Form: 1325
 
Rating 91
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Odds $34.00

1/2 len 2nd of 16 (9) $19.00 57.0 Houtzen 1200m Gold Coast M.M 2yo Classic Good(3) Jan 14. Slowly away 4-1/4 len 5th of 10 (3) $2.90F 57.0 Trapeze Artist 1200m Canberra G3 Black Opal Good(4) Mar 5. Yet to run on wet track. Leading trainer. Unlikely to get any favours from the wide gate. More depth to this field. This looks too hard.

18. Showtime (6)
J: - (56.5kg)
T: M, W & J Hawkes
Form: x434
 
Rating 91
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Scratched
19. The Mission (12)
J: - (56.5kg)
T: P M Perry
Form: 4234
 
Rating 85
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Scratched