The Golden Slipper Stakes is an exciting race for 2 year olds held in Sydney every year normally in April at the Rosehill Racecourse. The Group 1 race is worth $3.5 million in prize money and is raced over a distance of 1200m under specific weight conditions. In 2013, the race was won by Overreach. Sidestep and Sweet Idea followed in second and third respectively. The Golden Slipper Stake was launched in 1957.
Although it started with a prize money of just 20,000 pounds, the race has grown strength by strength and is today the world’s most lucrative race for 2 year olds. The race has also featured in the Sydney Autumn Race Carnival as one of the major events. The Slipper stake race on 5th April at Rosehill is expected to be an ideal curtain raiser for this year’s Sydney Autumn Race carnival. Many horse trainers and owners view the Golden Slipper Stakes as the premier horse racing event for young horses.
Over the last decades, the race has been attracting the best 2yo mares in the country. In most cases, winners at the Golden Slipper often make very good competitors in other major turfs. Some of the notable mares that won the Golden Slippers and went on to claim bigger victories later include the Inaugural winner Todman in 1957. Pierro in 2012, Sepoy in 2011, Miss Finland in 2006, and Belle De Jour in 2000 are also worth the mention. Recently though, after finishing fourth in the 2013 race, Guelph would win the ATC Sires Produce Stakes.
Gai Waterhouse colt Pierro on the other hand is a Sydney Triple Crown champion after winning Group 1 ATC Sires Produce Stakes and the Group 2 ATC Champagne Stakes along with the Golden Slipper Stakes title in 2012. The Golden Slipper Stakes is always an eventful race that a lot of horse racing enthusiasts look forward to. The 2014 race promises more fireworks and enthralling horse racing like never before.
Golden Slipper Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2014||Mossfun||Bring Me The Maid||Weary||1:12.1|
|2010||Crystal Lily||Decision Time||More Strawberries||1:10.7|
|2009||Phelan Ready||Headway||Manhattan Rain||1:11.7|
|2008||Sebring||Von Costa De Hero||Portillo||1:12.9|
|2006||Miss Finland||Pure Energy||Churchill Downs||1:09.5|
|2004||Dance Hero||Charge Forward||Alinghi||1:08.6|
|2003||Polar Success||How Funny||Hasna||1:09.0|
|2002||Calaway Gal||Victory Vein||Choisir||1:08.8|
|2001||Ha Ha||Excellerator||Red Hannigan||1:08.9|
|2000||Belle Du Jour||Crowned Glory||Assertive Lad||1:09.5|
|1994||Danzero||St Covet||Racer’s Edge||1:09.8|
|1993||Bint Marscay||Justice Prevails||Sports Works||1:08.8|
|1992||Burst||Clan O’sullivan||Loving Cup||1:10.2|
|1990||Canny Lad||With Me||Paklani||1:15.4|
|1989||Courtza||Paris Opera||Show County||1:12.8|
|1988||Star Watch||Comely Girl||Starting Lass||1:13.0|