Golden Slipper

The Golden Slipper Stakes is the world’s richest race for two-year-old horses and it takes place as the climax to Australia’s single richest day of racing all year. The 1,200-metre event occurs in March at the picturesque Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, allowing Sydney to break the monopoly that Melbourne has on all the other most significant national races. It’s a Group 1 Thoroughbred race that is managed by the Australian Turf Club and offers a total prize of $3.5 million. Other Group 1 events that take place on Golden Slipper Day include the Ranvet Stakes, The Galaxy, the George Ryder Stakes and the Rosehill Guineas.

The barrier draw to allocate starting positions for the Golden Slipper field takes place on the Tuesday before the race itself and is one of the most closely watched events in Australian horse racing. Everybody who is looking for a Golden Slipper tip has their eyes firmly fixed on the draw, including our professional analysts who will be doing everything in their power to give you the best possible Golden Slipper tips. Of course, there are plenty of people who like to say that a barrier draw has no impact on a race, but the history of the Golden Slipper does not support that line of argument. How can it be explained, for instance, that ever since the inaugural race in 1957 the Golden Slipper result has never seen a horse from Barrier 13 take first place? Is 13 simply an unlucky number? If you’re curious to know, the luckiest barrier has been Number 1, producing nine horses that went on to cross the finish line first.

Having said all of that, it can be a mistake to place too much emphasis on the starting positions that are taken up by members of the Golden Slipper field. Case in point is the 1993 Golden Slipper result. Most people discounted the chances of Bint Marscay when she drew the extreme outside barrier, a starting position that had never led to Golden Slipper victory. Not only did the legendary filly charge through the field in one of the best runs in Australian racing history, crossing the line more than two lengths in the lead, she also broke the race record. In fact, she was only 8/100ths of a second away from breaking the course record. So you can’t only look at the barrier draw when searching for Golden Slipper tips, though the fact that no horse has ever equalled Bint Marscay’s achievement of an outside barrier win suggests that it’s a good place to start.   The Golden Slipper field is relatively young compared to other high profile races and as a result the horses don’t have the same level of experience. This can make for a particularly thrilling race, though it also means that it’s often quite difficult to successfully pick the Golden Slipper result. Without exception, this will be the biggest race that any of the horses have ever taken part in and there’s no way to know with certainty if they have what it takes to win. It makes the Golden Slipper tips that are offered by our professional analysts even more valuable than they are for Australia’s other great races. Our analysts spend most of their lives studying every horse, jockey and trainer that might find some joy in the next Golden Slipper result, with the single goal of helping you share in that joy.

Golden Slipper Field and Odds

There’s a special moment that only a few of Australia’s many horse owners get to experience. Your two-year-old horse is performing very well and with each new win your hopes raise a little higher that it might be good enough for the ultimate honour in that age bracket: joining the Golden Slipper field. There are two ways it can happen. The first is to win one of the qualifying races that give automatic entry to the Golden Slipper, such as the Silver Slipper Stakes, Todman Stakes, Sweet Embrace Stakes, Skyline Stakes, Reisling Stakes, Magic Night Stakes and Pago Pago Stakes. The rest of the field is determined based on which horses have won the most prize money so far in their careers.

The extremely high caliber of horses can make the Golden Slipper result a very close affair. It has seen a number of photo finishes, the first one back in 1966. The brilliant run of Academy Star made the race seem like a foregone conclusion, but then at the last moment Storm Queen came charging from nowhere to snatch the win by a head. The trifecta was completed by Very Merry, less than three quarters of a length behind the winner. If you’ve ever dealt with the anxious frustration of waiting for the result of a photo finish to flash on the screen, unsure if the ticket you’re desperately clutching is worthless or not, spare a thought for what it must have been like while waiting for the black-and-white film to be developed.

The Golden Slipper odds can be quite a challenge for bookmakers and punters alike, as the two-year-olds that are lining up for the Golden Slipper field have obviously been in less races than the horses over three years that compete for the Melbourne Cup and over major races. That means it can be a lot harder to predict their performance, which was shown in the 2017 Golden Slipper result when all three of the horses that completed the trifecta had final odds of exactly $8.

However, it’s not impossible to put together valuable Golden Slipper tips and our professional analysts are especially skilled at it. They spend a lot of time studying all the young horses coming through the ranks, not to mention the trainers and jockeys that are crucial to their success, and they are going out of their way to give you the best chance of picking the winner. Meanwhile, once you’ve decided which horse to put your money on, you want to make sure you get the best possible price and our Golden Slippers odds comparison tool can do that for you.

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: James Cummings
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: James Cummings
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: James Cummings
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: James Cummings
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
33%
67%
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