Golden Slipper Stakes

  • Date Saturday 5th April
  • Course Rosehill
  • Distance 1,200m
  • Prize Money $3,500,000
  • Conditions 2yo Set Weights

Race Preview

The Golden Slipper Stakes is a Group 1 race held every April at Rosehill racecourse. It is raced over a distance of 1,200 meters and is run under same weight conditions. The race is open to two year olds of any sex and carries a prize purse of $3,500,000.

It is the premier sprint race for 2yo's in Australia and the richest race in the world for 2yo's. The Golden Slipper is run on what is known as Slipper Day with a bumper days racing including nine Group 1 races, the other two being The BMW and the Storm Queen Stakes.

The race was first run in 1957 and some of the greats have gone on to win right back to Todman, Skyline, Sky High, Pago Pago and Storm Queen. While in more recent years Pierro, Sepoy and Crystal Lily have all prevailed in the Golden Slipper Stakes.

Spotting Winners

Golden SlipperFavourite backers beware, only three favourites have won the Golden Slipper since 1990. Sebring (2008), Sepoy (2011) and Overreach (2013) are the only favourites to prevail during this period. Traditionally it has not been a favourites race, despite a few successes in recent years.

However it is not too often a roughie will win, with majority horses coming from the second or third line of betting. Only twice has a winner got up at odds of over $13.00 since 1983, so stick with the shorties. Also horses carrying either 52.5kg, 55.5kg and 56.5kg make up 77% of overall winners.

Barrier 7 has proven to be the most successful position to jump from, while 52% of winners jump from barriers 1-5. If you include barriers 10-14 it is 84%, so this suggests to steer clear of horses in the middle. Races like the Reisling Slipper Trial and Todman Slipper Trial are the two best indicators of form heading into the Golden Slipper.

Recommended Tips

  • Shorties paying $13.00 or less usually win this race (94% of winners)
  • Go with horses carrying either 52.5kg, 55.5kg or 56.5kg (77% of winners)
  • Barriers 1-5 and 10-14 have proven to be popular (84% of winners)
  • Check form from the Reisling Slipper Trial and Todman Slipper Trial

Past Golden Slipper Stakes Winners

Year Winner Bar   Wgt Trainer Jockey Odds  
2013 Overreach 1 2yo b/br F 54.5kg Ms G Waterhouse Tommy Berry 2.75F
2012 Pierro 1 2yo b C 56.5kg Ms G Waterhouse N Rawiller 6.50
2011 Sepoy 8 2yo ch C 56.5kg Peter Snowden K Mc Evoy 2.75F
2010 Crystal Lily 1 2yo b F 54.5kg M Ellerton & S Zahra B Prebble 6.00
2009 Phelan Ready 16 2yo br G 56.5kg B & J Mclachlan B Rawiller 26.00
2008 Sebring 5 2yo ch C 56.5kg Ms G Waterhouse G Boss 6.00F
2007 Forensics 1 2yo b M 54.5kg J R Hawkes D Oliver 13.00
2006 Miss Finland 7 2yo b M 54.5kg D A Hayes Craig Williams 6.50
2005 Stratum 6 2yo b H 56.5kg P M Perry L Beasley 10.00
2004 Dance Hero 2 2yo b G 56.5kg Ms G Waterhouse C Munce 5.50
2003 Polar Success 14 2yo b M 53.5kg G A Rogerson D R Beasley 11.00
2002 Calaway Gal 6 2yo br M 52.5kg B W Brown S Seamer 13.00
2001 Ha Ha 11 2yo b M 52.5kg Ms G Waterhouse J A Cassidy 13.00
2000 Belle Du Jour 11 2yo b M 52.5kg C E Conners L Beasley 10.00
1999 Catbird 3 2yo b H 55.5kg F S Cleary M De Montfort 6.50
1998 Prowl 1 2yo b G 55.5kg C E Conners C Munce 9.00
1997 Guineas 11 2yo b G 55.5kg J R Hawkes D Beadman 7.00
1996 Merlene 1 2yo b M 52.5kg D L Freedman Greg Hall 4.75
1995 Flying Spur 1 2yo b H 55.5kg D L Freedman G Boss 26.00
1994 Danzero 10 2yo b H 55.5kg D L Freedman Greg Hall 5.00
1993 Bint Marscay 14 2yo ch M 52.5kg D L Freedman Mick Dittman 4.50
1992 Burst 10 2yo ch M 52.5kg C E Conners R S Dye 5.50
1991 Tierce 5 2yo ch H 55.5kg C E Conners R S Dye 5.00
1990 Canny Lad 5 2yo br H 55.5kg R G Hore-Lacy R S Dye 6.50
1989 Courtza 10 2yo b M 52.5kg R S Mcdonald R S Dye 4.50F
1988 Star Watch 15 2yo ch H 55.5kg T J Smith L Olsen 7.50
1987 Marauding 5 2yo b H 55.5kg B Mayfield-Smith R Quinton 6.00
1986 Bounding Away 8 2yo gr M 52.5kg T J Smith Mick Dittman 2.25F
1985 Rory'S Jester 2 2yo ch H 55.5kg C S Hayes R Quinton 11.00
1984 Inspired 12 2yo ch G 54.0kg T Green D Beadman 4.25F
1983 Sir Dapper 10 2yo b H 54.0kg L J Bridge R Quinton 4.50

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Other Major Races around this Time

March 22nd Coolmore Stud Classic Rosehill $600,000 1,500m
March 29th George Ryder Stakes Rosehill $1,000,000 1,500m
April 5th The BMW Rosehill $2,250,000 2,400m
April 12th TJ Smith Stakes Randwick $2,500,000 1,200m
April 12th AJC Sires Produce Stakes Randwick $1,000,000 1,400m
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