Golden Slipper

The Golden Slipper Stakes is by far the most prestigious event on Sydney’s horse racing calendar. It is run in March every year over 1,200 metres at the beautiful Rosehill Gardens Racecourse. The Group 1 Thoroughbred race is open for two-year-olds and is hosted by the Australian Turf Club. It is the richest two-year-old race in the world, with a total prize purse of $3.5 million. This is an important notch in the belt for any horse that is hoping to make a name for itself, which means that there is no finish line in Sydney more closely watched than the Golden Slipper result. Four other Group 1 events share the day with the Golden Slipper – the George Ryder Stakes, the Ranvet Stakes, The Galaxy and the Rosehill Guineas – making it the richest single day of racing in Australia all year.

Arguably the only racing event in Sydney that attracts as much attention as the Golden Slipper is the barrier draw that determines where each horse stands in the Golden Slipper field. Everybody with a connection to the industry is closely watching the draw, looking for a Golden Slipper tip. Many insist that the barrier has little impact on the race result, but they’re still watching nonetheless. The history and mathematics make a clear case that some influence on the Golden Slipper result can be found in the barrier draw. For instance, Barrier 13 has never produced a single winner, although there’s a chance that is just because 13 is an unlucky number. The luckiest barrier is Number 1, with nine horses in the history of the Golden Slipper streaking down the rail to take out the title.

Those who don’t believe in the importance of the barrier draw have a good case to draw upon in the 1993 Golden Slipper result. When the legendary Bint Marscay drew the extreme outside barrier most people thought the filly would have no possible chance of winning the race. However, she showed them wrong by delivering one of the best runs in the history of the Golden Slipper, crossing the finish line more than two lengths in front of the nearest rival and becoming the only horse to ever win the Golden Slipper from the outside barrier. In the process, she broke the race record and came within 8/100ths of a second of setting a new course record.   The somewhat underexposed nature of the Golden Slipper field means the race can be a very thrilling spectacle. Only the best horses get a chance to run, but with only two years of experience there is no way to predict which ones have what it takes to cross the finish line first in such an enormous race. That’s why you will always find a lot of value in the Golden Slipper tips and Golder Slipper form guide offered up by our professional analysts, who study every detail of the horses in the field to give you a headstart in picking the winner.

The Golden Slipper result tends to be dominated by Sydney horses, though there are always a number of interstate invaders knocking at the gate. The gender split in the Golden Slipper has been relatively even, with 27 colts, 25 fillies and seven geldings claiming a win.

Golden Slipper Field and Odds

Every year there is a fierce contest among the best two-year-old horses to become part of the much-vaunted Golden Slipper field. Many of them can only gain a spot in the starting barriers by winning the most prize money in their career to date, although there are a number of shortcuts. Automatic entry to the Golden Slipper goes to the winners of the Silver Slipper Stakes, Sweet Embrace Stakes, Skyline Stakes, Reisling Stakes, Todman Stakes, Magic Night Stakes and Pago Pago Stakes. It turns those races, which are already significant events in their own right, into ferociously contested qualifying finals. The Golden Slipper field usually runs with the full capacity of 16 horses, though that has not always been the case. For instance, in 1960 there were only five starters. It made picking the winner far easier, though as you could imagine it didn’t do many favours for the odds. The winner, Sky High, came in at 4-7. The last time the Golden Slipper field was under capacity was in 2011 when there were 14 starters.

The Golden Slipper odds are always a very interesting affair. It’s not like backing the champions who are three years and older when they line up for the Melbourne Cup and other great events on the racing calendar. Much less is known about the two-year-olds in the Golden Slipper field, which makes it harder to balance the risk-versus-reward ratio that all punters live by. In the 2017 Golden Slipper result there was very little clue in the odds, as the three top horses all came in at exactly $8.

This is one of the races where you will gain special advantage from the assistance of our professional analysts. They spend their waking hours studying every horse, trainer and jockey in a tireless effort to give you the best Golden Slipper tips. Of course, you don’t just want to pick the winner, you also want to make sure you get the best possible price for it. You can do that with our Golden Slipper odds comparison tool.

Since the Golden Slipper began in 1957, founded by Sydney Turf Club committeeman George Ryder, it has grown to become one of the best Australian racing events all year. It has certainly witnessed some of the greatest moments in the sport, such as iconic trainer Tommy Smith’s record of winning six Golden Slippers. That feat has since been equaled by his daughter, Gai Waterhouse, who created an even more impressive piece of Slipper history in 2001. She had five starters in the race and three of them – Ha Ha, Excellerator and Red Hannigan – went on to fill out the trifecta in the Golden Slipper result. Another trainer with a remarkable track record at the event is Clarry Connors, who won four Golden Slippers in 10 years. The final one in 2000 was perhaps the greatest run in the history of the race, when Belle Du Jour missed the start and almost fell, but then blitzed the entire pack from last place to claim victory.

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