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2023 Golden Slipper Runner By Runner Preview, Odds & Tips

The world’s richest juvenile race on turf, the $5m Golden Slipper, will be run and won on Saturday at Rosehill Gardens. On an action packed day of racing, featuring four other Group 1 events, the set weights feature is without a doubt the headline act, with a capacity field of two-year-olds set to greet the starter in a bid to take out the prestigious 1200m contest and have their name etched into the history books of this great race.

Looking at the market, Dabble has Cylinder favourite at $3.90, after his last start Todman Stakes victory. Unbeaten Coolmore filly, Learning To Fly, is on the second line of betting at $7.00, ahead of King’s Gambit at $9.00. At this stage these three are the only runners in single figures, with Little Brose, Don Corleone and Red Resistance next best at $10.

However, we know anything can happen in this great game we call horse racing, and the Golden Slipper isn’t exactly the easiest race to win. So, we have dissected each of the horses’ chances for you and provided our horse racing tips! Read on below to find our runner by runner preview of the 2023 Golden Slipper along with The Shark’s best tips. 

1. Little Brose (5) – $10
Jockey – Michael Dee 56.5kg
Trainer – Ben & JD Hayes

Chased home Barber first up at Sandown before turning the tables at his next start in the Blue Diamond Stakes. If that form isn’t good enough, he also beat race favourite, Cylinder, last prep at Caulfield in good style. He’s drawn to get a gun run here from the good draw and nobody is riding better than Michael Dee. Price looks ludicrous.

2. Barber (8) – $18
Jockey – Nash Rawiller 56.5kg
Trainer – James Cummings

Won two from two at his first racing preparation before returning in good style at Sandown first up beating Little Brose. He then failed to fire behind that galloper in the Blue Diamond, despite being beaten less than three lengths. He comes back to Sydney for this, where he’s unbeaten, and has drawn ideally with Nash on. Hard to sack him off one poor run and could easily make amends if he finds his best form.

3. Arkansaw Kid (13) – $41
Jockey – Jye McNeil 56.5kg
Trainer – Ben & JD Hayes

Had no luck first up in the Inglis Millennium before bobbing up in the Blue Diamond last start at big odds. Gets a set of winkers on for the first time here but has drawn a sticky gate and will need some luck. Not out of it but feel others may have his measure.

4. Don Corleone (6) – $10
Jockey – Hugh Bowman 56.5kg
Trainer – Peter & Paul Snowden

Brilliant winner on debut at Randwick beating Kundalini, before failing to fire at his next start in the Pierro Plate. Was then sent south of the border, where he charged through the line to finish second in the Blue Diamond last start. Draws well here, gets Bowman on and has to be given a big hope off the back of his latest effort. Looks to be one of the main hopes.

5. Cylinder (3) – $3.90F
Jockey – James McDonald 56.5kg
Trainer – James Cummings

Finished second to Fire Lane and Little Brose in two runs at his first prep, before resuming with a bang in the Silver Slipper first up. He backed that up with a strong win last start in the Todman Stakes, which is usually a good form reference for this. He’s drawn well, McDonald sticks with him and he wears the royal blue colours of Godolphin. Plenty to like.

6. Red Resistance (17) – $10
Jockey – Brett Prebble 56.5kg
Trainer – Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott

Beat Steel City on debut before causing an upset in the Canonbury at start two. Finally found one better last start in Cylinder, but was only beaten 0.7L. Has the right form on paper to be competitive here but the barrier draw absolutely stinks. Wouldn’t mind betting the instructions are to lead at all costs but how much will that take out of him? The last 100m will be the test.

7. Shinzo (1) – $14
Jockey – Ryan Moore 56.5kg
Trainer – Chris Waller

Regally bred colt who was good at his first couple without winning, before a brilliant victory last Saturday in the Pago Pago at this track/ trip. Won’t spend a penny from the inside gate and gets star international hoop, Ryan Moore, in the saddle. Will need a bit of luck in the straight, but can make it two in a row if the breaks go his way.

8. King’s Gambit (7) – $9.00
Jockey – Mark Zahra 56.5kg
Trainer – Peter & Paul Snowden

Made mincemeat of his opposition at Caulfield on debut, before going down as an odds on favourite first up in the Canonbury Stakes. Was sent out favourite again last start, when chasing home Cylinder and Platinum Jubilee. May have lost a few fans of late but his last run was quite good, as was his recent trial at Randwick. Should get a nice run from the gate and can make amends here.

9. Empire Of Japan (2) – $91
Jockey – Sam Clipperton 56.5kg
Trainer – Peter & Paul Snowden

Started favourite in the Magic Millions off the back of some solid form, but failed to fire when finishing sixth. His most recent effort in the Todman was just fair. Looked a star early doors but needs to find some of that old form if he’s to win this. Willing to risk despite the good draw.

10. Learning To Fly (4) – $6.50
Jockey – Chad Schofield 54.5kg
Trainer – Annabel Neasham

Second of the Coolmore owned runners who is unbeaten in three starts. She beat Steel City on debut before taking out the $2m Inglis Millennium at Randwick. Had to dig deep last start when ridden upside down but held off the challenge of Facile. Will appreciate a more genuine tempo here and should get a lovely run from the gate. By far her toughest test to date but can make it four from four and become a Group 1 winner.

11. Platinum Jubilee (11) – $18
Jockey – Tim Clark 54.5kg
Trainer – Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott

Sprouted wings on debut to win the Gimcrack at Randwick before finishing runner up behind Fire Lane and again Skirt The Law in the Magic Millions. Led them up last start in the Silver Slipper and gave Cylinder a run for his money, going down just 0.5L. Had a recent trial in blinkers, which she’ll wear here for the first time, and looked sharp. Can race on the speed or take a sit and be effective, and has to be considered an each-way chance.

12. Blanc De Blanc (12) – $26
Jockey – Damian Lane 54.5kg
Trainer – Michael Freedman

Ran on well first up in the Inglis Millennium before finishing close up again in the Sweet Embrace behind Lazzago. Got back again last Saturday in the Magic Night and finished off well, despite being no match for Steel City. Talented filly who doesn’t know how to run a bad race and can be competitive again. Place hope.

13. Exploring (9) – $61
Jockey – Brenton Avdulla 54.5kg
Trainer – James Cummings

Third of the blue army runners who was ok last start in the Blue Diamond when racing on the speed. Her win prior was solid in the Blue Diamond Prelude for the fillies. Will be ridden on speed again from the middle draw here but there looks plenty of pressure up front and others look to have better closing bursts. Willing to risk.

14. Lazzago (10) – $31
Jockey – Kerrin McEvoy 54.5kg
Trainer – Chris Waller

Won well on debut at Randwick in December last year and was given plenty of compliments by trainer C J Waller in the post race interview. She resumed in the Inglis Millennium, where she raced well but was found wanting late, before a strong win in the Sweet Embrace last start. Will let those drawn to her inside go early and should be charging home again late in the piece. Not out of it.

15. Steel City (15) – $17
Jockey – Regan Bayliss 54.5kg
Trainer – Ciaron Maher & David Eustace

Chased home Red Resistance and Learning To Fly before finishing down the track in the Blue Diamond, where she saw nothing but backsides. Made amends last Saturday with a sizzling win in the Magic Night Stakes here at Rosehill. Barrier draw isn’t ideal and this is much tougher than last Saturday, but she has plenty of class and can figure in the finish with luck.

16. Facile (14) – $41
Jockey – Ryan Maloney 54.5kg
Trainer – Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou

Gutsy filly who hasn’t been far away at her four starts to date without winning. Went head and head with Learning To Fly all the way to the line last start, only to be beaten on the line. Will need a bit of luck early from the wide draw but isn’t hopeless and is probably over the odds in comparison to some of the others here.

17e. Militarize (16) – $91
Jockey – N/A 56.5kg
Trainer – Chris Waller

Good win from the back on debut at Canterbury before a solid effort last start behind race favourite Cylinder. Gate no help here and bred to get over further but has shown enough at this trip to be competitive if he gains a start.

Final Word

Grand final day has arrived for this capacity field of two-year-olds and what a lineup we have. There looks to be plenty of early pressure on paper, as expected in a large field of youngsters, and barriers/ luck in running could play a major role in the final result.

Found it very hard to single one runner out but have landed on Learning To Fly. She’s got plenty of class, but with that, plenty of guts and will to win, as we saw last start in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes. She will appreciate a more genuine tempo and a colder ride with cover here, and will be strong at the end of the 1200m.

Blue Diamond winner, Little Brose, is a ridiculous price here. He was good first up behind Barber before a dominant victory at Group 1 level last start. He’s drawn well again, should get a nice run in transit and in-form hoop, Michael Dee, sticks. Plenty to like, including the price on offer.

No knock on the favourite Cylinder. His two wins this prep have been tradesman-like and he’s drawn to get a gun run. McDonald would’ve had the choice of a few rides here and has decided to stick with him. Stablemate, Barber, can improve back to Sydney. He too should get a nice run from the good draw and will benefit from the vigour of Nash on board.

Respect Don Corleone, Shinzo, King’s Gambit and Lazzago, who all have winning chances and must be included in exotics.

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10. Learning To Fly – Each-way ($7.00/$2.50)

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2022 Golden Slipper Runner By Runner Preview, Odds & Tips

The Golden Slipper, run over 1200m at Rosehill racecourse, is the richest 2YO race in the world. The $5m feature is recognised as one of Australia’s four majors, alongside the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, and the Cox Plate.

First run in 1957, the Golden Slipper is a race steeped in history, with a number of champions on the honour roll. Trainer, Tommy (TJ) Smith, held the record for most wins by a trainer, with 7 wins in the race, only to be outdone by his daughter, Gai Waterhouse, who has won the race on 8 occasions, the latest being Farnan in 2020, trained in partnership with Adrian Bott. 

The training duo will be out to claim another victory in this year’s feature, with their Russian Revolution colt, Rise of the Masses. Having a look at the market, Dabble has unbeaten filly Coolangatta favourite at $4.80. Todman Stakes winner Sejardan is next best at $6.50, in front of She’s Extreme at $8.50, and Best of Bordeaux at $9.00.

If there’s one thing we know with horse racing, it’s that anything can happen, and 2YO’s are never easy to line up. So, we have dissected each of the horses’ chances for you! Read on below to find our runner by runner preview of the 2022 Golden Slipper along with The Shark’s best tips. 

1. Daumier (8) – $21
Jockey – Mark Zahra 56.5kg
Trainer – Anthony & Sam Freedman

The blinkers went on in the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes, and he got the job done nicely. He looks a very professional 2YO, and has drawn well here in barrier 8. Zahra sticks with him, and he probably looks over the odds again. Respect.

2. Sejardan (7) – $6.50
Jockey – Jason Collett 56.5kg
Trainer – Gary Portelli

Good win last start in the G2 Todman Stakes. Only defeat came in the $1m Inglis Millennium, where he ran on well to finish 3rd. Draws a nice gate here, and looks as though he will get the race run to suit. One of the main chances.

3. Best of Bordeaux (10) – $9.00
Jockey – Sam Clipperton 56.5kg
Trainer – Kacy Fogden

Was well backed on debut, when he spaced his rivals in the G3 Canonbury Stakes. He backed that performance up again last start, when he burnt his rivals with speed to win the G2 Silver Slipper Stakes here at Rosehill. No doubt he will push forward again, and look to make it 3 from 3, but his biggest test will be the last furlong.

4. Shalatin (5) – Scratched
Jockey – Nash Rawiller 56.5kg
Trainer – Joseph Pride

The only runner in the field that is yet to win a race. In saying that, he brings good form lines to the races, after finishing a close up 3rd to Sejardan last start. He finished 2nd in the $1m Golden Gift last year, again behind Sejardan, and will be looking to turn the tables this time round. Draws well and gets Nash Rawiller on board. Plenty of positives.

5. Jacquinot (11) – $11
Jockey – Hugh Bowman 56.5kg
Trainer – Mick Price & Michael Kent Jr

Brilliant winner on debut at Caulfield. Covered more ground than Burke and Wills last start in the Blue Diamond, and was beaten less than half a length. Gets the blinkers on here, Bowman takes the reins, and should get plenty of speed up front to help his cause. Watch for him late.

6. Sebonack (15) – $34
Jockey – William Pike 56.5kg
Trainer – Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes

Good win on debut in the G3 Chairman’s Stakes at Caulfield, before an honest effort in the G1 Blue Diamond, where he was strong to the line. Gate is a bit tricky, but if he has a bit of luck in running, he’s more than capable of figuring in the finish. 

7. Rise of the Masses (20) – $51
Jockey – Tim Clark 56.5kg
Trainer – Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott

Good win in the G3 Pago Pago last Saturday at Rosehill. Draws the outside gate here, which doesn’t help, but will no doubt push forward and try and make his own luck on the speed. Looks a high pressure race on paper, which makes it hard to tip him here, but does have the Waterhouse/Bott polish.

8. Coolangatta (14) – $4.80F
Jockey – James McDonald 54.5kg
Trainer – Ciaron Maher & David Eustace

Unbeaten filly, who last start won the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, on the Gold Coast. Hasn’t raced since then, due to wet tracks, and goes into this 8 weeks between runs, which is somewhat a concern, but no doubt the stable will have her in good order and ready to go. Draws a sticky gate to further complicate things, but on what we’ve seen thus far, it’s hard to knock her.

9. Revolutionary Miss (17) – $16
Jockey – Kerrin McEvoy 54.5kg
Trainer – Peter & Paul Snowden

Terrific win in the fillies G2 Blue Diamond Prelude, before narrowly going down in the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield. Form prior to her Melbourne trip was solid, and looks an adaptable style of filly. Only knock here is the gate, which may force McEvoy to ride her cold and have one crack at them. If she gets the right run, she’s more than capable. 

10. Russian Conquest (16) – $14
Jockey – Tommy Berry 54.5kg
Trainer – Peter & Paul Snowden

Was sent out an odds on favourite last start in the G2 Reisling Stakes at Randwick, where she could only manage 4th place. Prior to that she ran race favourite Coolangatta to a neck in the 2YO Magic Millions Classic. Draws off the track here which isn’t ideal, but may pay to forgive her most recent effort.

11. Queen of the Ball (3) – $17
Jockey – Rachel King 54.5kg
Trainer – Richard & Michael Freedman

On the quick back up from last Sunday, after winning the G3 Black Opal Stakes at Canberra in good style. Gave Revolutionary Miss windburn three runs ago in the G3 Widden Stud Stakes. The concerning run was two starts ago where she found the pressure too much in the G2 Silver Slipper Stakes. Looks as though this will be another hard run race, and she needs to find more than she did on that occasion. If she can do that, she can win.

12. Fireburn (2) – $11
Jockey – Brenton Avdulla 54.5kg
Trainer – Gary Portelli

Searching for four in a row here. Brilliant win two back, defeating Revolutionary Miss, before mowing them down in the G2 Sweet Embrace Stakes last start. That’s good form, and has to be respected again here.

13. Ojai (12) – $51
Jockey – Chad Schofield 54.5kg
Trainer – James Cummings

Lone Godolphin runner in the field. Hasn’t been far away this prep without winning. The gear changes indicate she will be presented with synthetic hoof filler for the first time, which indicates the stable has had problems with her feet. Not ideal leading into a Golden Slipper, but I’m sure she will be fit and sound come raceday. If she can produce her form of old, she can finish in the money.

14. Seven Veils (19) – $26
Jockey – Joshua Parr 54.5kg
Trainer – Mark Newnham

Ran well on debut, when finishing 2nd in a midweek maiden on the Kensington track. She beat home She’s Extreme on that occasion, before going one better in the G2 Resiling Stakes second up. Hard to knock her on what she’s done so far, but has drawn a terrible gate which makes things hard.

15. Lady Laguna (13) – $41
Jockey – Linda Meech 54.5kg
Trainer – Annabel Neasham

Won 2 from 2 first prep, before resuming in the Listed Darley Lonhro Plate, and finishing a good 2nd. She was then sent out a short price favourite in the G2 Sweet Embrace, but struggled in the conditions. Firmer surface suits, and can bounce back to her best here.

16. She’s Extreme (6) – $8.50
Jockey – Brett Prebble 54.5kg
Trainer – Anthony Cummings

Hammered the line in the G2 Sweet Embrace Stakes two starts ago at Randwick, before an impressive win in last Saturday’s G3 Magic Night Stakes here at Rosehill. Looks a filly with plenty of upside, and has drawn a lovely gate here. Definite winning chance.

17e. Sweet Ride (9) – $71
Jockey – Jean Van Overmeire 56.5kg
Trainer – Annabel Neasham

Tough effort in last Saturday’s G3 Pago Pago Stakes. Drawn well and races handy. If he gains a start, he won’t be far away from the action.

18e. Millane (1) – $71
Jockey – N/A 56.5kg
Trainer – Peter G Moody

Well bred colt who was dominant on debut at Flemington in Listed company. Drawn the inside gate here, and is capable of measuring up if he is to gain a start.

19e. Semillion (18) – $126
Jockey – N/A 56.5kg
Trainer – Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes

Good in Blue Diamond Prelude, and again held on well in the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes. If he is to get a run here, the barrier draw might be his downfall.

20e. Man In The Mirror (4) – $126
Jockey – N/A 56.5kg
Trainer – Annabel Neasham

Beat Paris Dior on debut. Good 2nd in last Saturday’s VRC Sires Produce Stakes at Flemington behind a smart one. Has strong form lines, but seems unlikely he will get a start.

Final Word

The Golden Slipper is the pinnacle of Australian 2YO racing, and looking at this year’s field, it’s not hard to see why. Hopefully the track won’t be as wet as it has been in Sydney the past few weeks, and we are presented with an even contest. 

Race favourite Coolangatta is looking to keep her unbeaten record intact, but has a couple of hurdles to face, if she is to do so. As mentioned above, she is going into this 8 weeks between runs, and has drawn an awkward gate in 14. She will need to bring her A game to the races, but there’s no doubt if she does so, she’s the one they have to beat.

Blue Diamond winner Daumier has done nothing wrong and is going around big odds off the back of that win. Blue Diamond favourite, Jacquinot, also looks big overs, after his unlucky 3rd in the race. He comes to Sydney, gets Hugh Bowman on top and has the shades applied for the first time. I think it’s fair to say if he puts it all together he is capable of blowing them away.

Also out of the Blue Diamond, runner up Revolutionary Miss, will be looking to go one better. She’s drawn wide and will need luck, but is racing well. Stable mate Russian Conquest will be looking to make amends, after a disappointing last start. If she can reproduce her Magic Millions run, where she ran Coolangatta to a neck, she’s right in this. 

Gary Portelli holds a strong hand in the race, with Sejardan, who looks one of the main hopes off the back of his Todman win, and Fireburn, who just keeps winning. Whilst fellow trainer Anthony Cummings is looking to win the race that has so far eluded him, with smart filly She’s Extreme.

After plenty of head scratching, I’ve put her (She’s Extreme) on top. Her win in last Saturday’s G3 Magic Night Stakes was superb, and she draws perfect here in 6. Brett Prebble takes over from Tommy Berry, after he was previously booked to ride Russian Conquest, and I think he can take home his second Golden Slipper trophy, after winning on Crystal Lily in 2010.

Best Golden Slipper Tip: 16. She’s Extreme – Each Way ($8.50/$2.90)

Golden Slipper numbers: 16-5-2-8

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2021 Golden Slipper Runner By Runner Preview, Odds & Tips

It doesn’t get much bigger than this, with $3.5 million up for grabs in the world’s richest two-year-old race, the 2021 Golden Slipper.

Let’s take a look at each and every runner and try to find the winner and some value…

1 – Shaquero – $26

Won the Magic Millions and then took out the Pago Pago when suited in run, don’t think he has the top end talent some of these have, price is about right.

2 – Profiteer – $3.80 👀🏆💰

Profiles well having placed in the Todman, which is traditionally the best lead up form, where he arguably could’ve gone harder but was saved for his Grand Final run here. Has drawn nicely and maps to get a very good run on speed, and will take a lot of running down if he’s ready to go on the day.

3 – Artorius – $11 👀💰

Blue Diamond Stakes winners don’t have a great record in the race, and Artorius maps to get well back and will be spotting some of the leaders a fair head start. Can go in exotics but it’s tough to see him winning another big feature here.

4 – Ingratiating – $17

Maps back in the field and will be spotting them plenty of lengths. Will now be fifth up in the preparation and there has to be queries around his big frame getting through the wet ground. Hard to have.

5 – Anamoe – $16 💰

Similar to his fellow Blue Jacket Ingratiating, will have to get well back in the field and fly home on a track that has been favouring those on speed lately. Can include in exotics at the price.

6 – Home Affairs – $17 👀💰

Interesting that J Mac has jumped off Stay Inside to take this ride. Was in the best ground in the Todman and just missed, could make a case at the big odds.

7 – Kalashnikov – $41

Has absolutely none, would need to start running now.

8 – Stay Inside – $5 👀🏆💰

Was a sick watch in the Todman Stakes, running up backsides for most of the straight and only getting clear in the last 100m. Has to be a massive show and mist go in everything.

9 – Rocket Tiger – $67

Odds tell the tale, and is currently 2/5 lame at the time of writing and will need to pass a vet’s inspection to gain a start.

10 – O’president – $16 👀🏆💰

Has ticked the wet track box and led all the way to win in the Skyline Stakes. Is a bit of a smoky out of left field and can go in everything with confidence for the Waller / Boss combination.

11 – Captivant – $51 👀💰

Over raced and did a fair bit wrong in the Skyline Stakes but finished off well and looks to get through the slop okay which is a big tick. Can be thrown in exotics at the monster price.

12 – Glistening – $71

Won the Reisling Stakes and has some well known powerful connections but the price tells the story.

13 – Four Moves Ahead – $7 👀🏆💰

Looks the best chance of the fillies and gets through the wet really well. Can’t knock her winning form, maps well, and has to be in your numbers.

14 – Swift Witness – $41

Gai Waterhouse would have to produce a miracle to get the job done here and add to her vast collection of Golden Slippers. Stranger things have happened but she’s hard to have.

15 – Mallory – $34

Another coming from the Sweet Embrace Stakes formline, but this looks a tough ask.

16 – Queen Of Wizardry – $101

Good story for A Neasham to have a runner in the Golden Slipper so soon in her solo training career, but this looks a bridge too far.

Tip: 10-2-13-8

💰 = Worth Including in Exotics
🏆 = Big Winning Chance
👀 = Must Watch

1Shaquero (15)J: Kerrin Mcevoy 56.5kg T: C J Waller$26.00$6.00
2Profiteer (5)J: Hugh Bowman 56.5kg T: M Price & M Kent Jnr$3.60$1.65
3Artorius (13)J: Luke Currie 56.5kg T: A & S Freedman$10.00$3.30
4Ingratiating (11)J: Damien Oliver 56.5kg T: James Cummings$16.00$4.60
5Anamoe (16)J: Ms Rachel King 56.5kg T: James Cummings$15.00$4.20
6Home Affairs (2)J: James Mcdonald 56.5kg T: C J Waller$15.00$4.20
7Kalashnikov (1)J: Mark Zahra 56.5kg T: P & P Snowden$34.00$7.50
8Stay Inside (3)J: Tommy Berry 56.5kg T: R & M Freedman$4.80$1.95
9Rocket Tiger (14)J: Ms Kathy O’hara 56.5kg T: S Spackman$61.00$13.00
10O’president (8)J: Glen Boss 56.5kg T: C J Waller$15.00$4.20
11Captivant (9)J: Tom Marquand 56.5kg T: P & P Snowden$41.00$8.50
12Glistening (7)J: Jean Van Overmeire 54.5kg T: R & M Freedman$67.00$16.00
13Four Moves Ahead (10)J: Nash Rawiller 54.5kg T: J G Sargent$6.50$2.40
14Swift Witness (12)J: Tim Clark 54.5kg T: G Waterhouse & A Bott$34.00$7.50
15Mallory (6)J: Jason Collett 54.5kg T: G Ryan & S Alexiou$34.00$7.50
16Queen Of Wizardry (4)J: John Allen 54.5kg T: Annabel Neasham$91.00$20.00