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 ...
In a hurry? We’ve listed all the quick facts that you need to know about the Golden Slipper:
|Date||Saturday, 18th March, 2023|
|Racecourse||Rosehill Racecourse, NSW, Australia|
The $3.5 million Golden Slipper is a set weights race for two-year-olds over 1200m at Rosehill racecourse and has become the premier juvenile race in Australia and arguably throughout the world.
The Golden Slipper was a concept created by then Sydney Turf Club Director George Ryder and first run Saturday April 6th, 1957 and the name was the idea of his wife when asked what she thought an ideal present for a two-year-old would be she responded with a “golden slipper”.
The first edition was won by the Maurice McCarten trained superstar Todman who started at the prohibitive odds of 1/6 favourite. He was dominant throughout with Neville Sellwood aboard and won by 10 lengths.
The Golden Slipper has progressed to be the flagship race over the Sydney Autumn Carnival and headlines the Carnival. The honour roll is littered with superstars of the Australian turf including Vain (1969), Luskin Star (1977), Manikato (1978), Pierro (2012).
Not only has the Golden Slipper produced some of the best racehorses of our time but it has also gone on to be regarded as a stallion making race with many of our top stallions progressing from Golden Slipper wins.
The Golden Slipper has become a bit of a family affair with Hall of Fame trainer Tommy Smith training 6 winners of this race and held the record for many years until his daughter Gai Waterhouse surpassed him winning her 7th Golden Slipper when Farnan saluted in 2020.
The Golden Slipper is a major Australian Group 1 race that brings some of the best horses to Rosehill Racecourse and it also attracts the attention of many Aussies, just like us, who enjoy having a punt. Our expert racing tipsters will compile a list of Golden Slipper tips to look out for in the leadup to the big race.
Due to the fact that nominations are yet to be accepted for the 2023 Golden Slipper, it is difficult to provide any updates right now. However, as the Autumn Racing Carnival heats up and we get closer to the big race, the type of horses that are targeting this race will become clearer and then we can provide more accurate updates.
If you are looking for Golden Slipper horse tips, then we will keep you abreast with which horses are likely to be running, meaning you can place your futures bets with confidence.
We will list The Sharks’ Golden Slipper best tips for the race this year closer to the time of the race. Make sure you check back on this page for updates!
Our tips are not out for the Golden Slipper in 2023 as it is too far out from the event. But the good news is that when the final field for the Golden Slipper is announced, we will provide guidance on each and every runner in the 2023 Golden Slipper.
Please check back here closer to race day for all the details about our tips.
Winning a Golden Slipper trifecta is not simple, to say the least. But there are definitely tips and tricks that you can consider to make punting a little bit easier.
Golden Slipper Trifecta Tip 1
Don’t blindly trust other punters, always go with your gut when it comes to choosing your favourites. Do your own research and look at stats into runners you think may have a shot at the Golden Slipper trifecta.
Golden Slipper Trifecta Tip 2
If you’re a bit unsure where to start with your research, consider checking out a Golden Slipper form guide – bookies like Sportsbet and Neds have them available year-round.
Golden Slipper Trifecta Tip 3
Consider placing a box trifecta rather than a straight trifecta. A box trifecta covers you in all combinations of finishing positions, once you’ve chosen three runners. It will also cost a little extra to place, but improves your chances of winning a Golden Slipper trifecta by a massive amount.
Where to Place a Golden Slipper Trifecta?
You’re able to place a Golden Slipper trifecta through an online bookie – or in store at TAB. Online bookies often offer elite punting services – with plenty of fans placing a box trifecta with the 3 favourites in their bet.
Online bookies are also not subject to business hours or location – which means you’re able to place a Golden Slipper trifecta from your living room! Online bookies also offer a step-by-step guide into placing a Golden Slipper trifecta.
There are a lot of important factors to consider before betting on the Golden Slipper. Make sure you have a read on below before you place your bets:
Is Previous Golden Slipper Form a Good Indicator of Future Success?
The Golden Slipper is restricted to two-year-olds and previous races have no bearing on one year to another as you only get one shot at this race and that is in your juvenile year.
What you can take from previous Golden Slipper races is the successful trainers and breeding influencers from past renewals.
Some trainers have a knack of being able to get a two-year-old up for a Golden Slipper and you will find that they have repeat success.
Should I Bet On The Favourite in the Golden Slipper?
The Golden Slipper was first run in 1957 and won by long odds on favourite Todman who started at the prohibitive odds of 1/6 ($1.15). Since the inaugural running there have been 20 favourites who have saluted in this race.
From the last 15 runnings only 5 favourites have won the most recent being the Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott trained Farnan who won in 2020 at $4.80.
It may not be the favourite that always takes out the Slipper but in the last 10 runnings only two winners has been at double figure odds and that was the Godolphin owned Kiamichi who won in 2019 and the 2022 winner, Fireburn.
Formlines from Lead Up Races
There have been some clear lead up races as a guide to winning the Golden Slipper and recent consistent form is a key to finding the winner.
The lead up races to watch for winners are the Reisling Stakes (7 winners) and the Todman Stakes (6 winners) which are run a couple of weeks before the Slipper.
Only three Magic Million winners have progressed to win the Golden Slipper, Dance Hero (2004), Phelan Ready (2009) and Capitalist (2015).
The 2022 winner, Fireburn, was the winner of the Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes before going on to victory in the Golden Slipper.
The Golden Slipper is restricted to two-year-olds only.
Colts and geldings carry a set weight of 56.5kgs while fillies get an allowance of 2kgs and carry 54.5kgs. Apprentices are not permitted to claim an allowance.
There has been an even spread of winners from the different genders. Of the 66 runnings of the Golden Slipper there have been 31 winning colts, 29 fillies and 6 geldings.
Our Golden Slipper best bets for 2023 are not out just yet, make sure you keep an eye out on this page as we will provide more details about our best bets when the final field is announced.
You will find all this information below, when it becomes available. Stay tuned, or alternatively you can chat to The Shark to get the best tips for every day!
Below is a table that outlines the basics on how to bet on the Golden Slipper:
|Bet Type||How to Place This Type of Bet|
|Win Bet||Place a bet on the horse you think will be the outright winner (1st place) in the 2023 Golden Slipper.|
|Place Bet||Place a bet on the horse you think will place in the top three in the 2023 Golden Slipper. Pays less than a win bet, but the odds are safer.|
|Each-Way Bet||Place a bet on the horse you think will win the Golden Slipper, with a safety net of a place bet. If your horse runs 1st, you will collect both the win and the place pay-out. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd, you will win only the place pay-out.|
|Quinella Bet||Place a bet on the horses you think will finish 1st and 2nd in any order in the Golden Slipper.|
|Exacta Bet||Place a bet on the horses you think will finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order in the Golden Slipper.|
|Trifecta Bet||Place a bet on the horses you think will finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order in the Golden Slipper.|
|First Four||Place a bet on the horses you think will finish 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the correct order in the Golden Slipper.|
|Quaddie||Place a bet on the winners of four nominated races to win a quaddie. This means you have to select three other races apart from the Golden Slipper to place a quaddie.|
Long before the Golden Slipper field is announced – online bookmakers will open early markets, or all-in markets, for all your different Golden Slipper betting needs. This is a good time to bet on your favourite horse, as you could have the ability to bet on excellent contenders for the 2023 Golden Slipper at great odds.
Once the 2023 Golden Slipper odds are released, they are known to fluctuate frequently in the lead up to the big race. This is especially the case when we have a clearer idea of which horses will be targeting the race, along with their form leading into the race.
If you choose to have a bet early on these markets, you may find a favourite priced at $10 or more, which will mean you get more cash in your account if your horse goes on to win. However, there is also increased risk with doing this and you need to be aware before going down this path.
Depending on when you place your bet on the Golden Slipper in 2023, your horse may not even get a run but you also won’t get your money back, occurring when the market is ‘All-In’ or closer to the date of the race. If you are betting when it says ‘Before Noms’, you have the security of receiving your money back if your horse ends up not going in the big race.
The 2023 odds for the Golden Slipper are yet to be released. Please check back closer to race day!
The 2022 edition of the Golden Slipper saw a capacity field of 16 and four emergencies. In the end, there was one scratching, which meant, Sweet Ride, who was the first emergency, got a run.
With a full 16 runners in the Golden Slipper, it’s pretty safe to say that pretty much everyone’s eyes were on Coolangatta, who was the favourite for a long time leading up to the race, and ended up jumping at odds of $4.80. After winning the Magic Millions 2YO Classic in her last race, she was expected to taste Group 1 success here.
Sejardan was on the next line of betting at $6.50, who had just won the Group 2 Todman Stakes earlier in March and ran a decent 3rd place in the Inglis Millennium.
She’s Extreme at $8.50 and Best of Bordeaux at $9.00 were the only two other runners under double digit odds before the barriers flung open. She’s Extreme had just won the Group 3 Magic Night Stakes, while Best of Bordeaux was too good for the rest of the field in the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes in his last start.
With the 2023 Golden Slipper field yet to be determined, let’s take a look back at the 2022 field, headlined by winner Fireburn:
|1. DAUMIER (56.5kg)||8||Mark Zahra||A & S Freedman|
|2. SEJARDAN (56.5kg)||7||Jason Collett||Gary Portelli|
|3. BEST OF BORDEAUX (56.5kg)||10||Sam Clipperton||Kacy Fogden|
|4. SHALATIN (56.5kg) – Scratched||5||Nash Rawiller||Joseph Pride|
|5. JACQUINOT (56.5kg)||11||Hugh Bowman||M Price & M Kent (Jnr)|
|6. SEBONACK (56.5kg)||15||William Pike||M, W & J Hawkes|
|7. RISE OF THE MASSES (56.5kg)||20||Tim Clark||G Waterhouse & A Bott|
|8. COOLANGATTA (54.5kg)||14||James McDonald||C Maher & D Eustace|
|9. REVOLUTIONARY MISS (54.5kg)||17||Kerrin McEvoy||P & P Snowden|
|10. RUSSIAN CONQUEST (54.5kg)||16||Tommy Berry||P & P Snowden|
|11. QUEEN OF THE BALL (54.5kg)||3||Rachel King||R & M Freedman|
|12. FIREBURN (54.5kg)||2||Brenton Avdulla||Gary Portelli|
|13. OJAI (54.5kg)||12||Regan Bayliss||James Cummings|
|14. SEVEN VEILS (54.5kg)||19||Joshua Parr||Mark Newnham|
|15. LADY LAGUNA (54.5kg)||13||Linda Meech||Annabel Neasham|
|16. SHE’S EXTREME (54.5kg)||6||Brett Prebble||Anthony Cummings|
|17e. SWEET RIDE (56.5kg)||9||Nash Rawiller||Annabel Neasham|
|18e. MILLANE (56.5kg) – Scratched||1||–||Peter G Moody|
|19e. SEMILLION (56.5kg) – Scratched||18||–||M, W & J Hawkes|
|20e. MAN IN THE MIRROR (56.5kg) – Scratched||4||–||Annabel Neasham|
It is always considered an advantage for juveniles to draw close to the fence as a guide in their early years and the start at the Rosehill 1200m does favour an inside draw.
Barrier 1 has been the most successful barrier with 10 winners coming from the coveted rails position.
In recent years the outside barriers have produced the most winners. Since 2011 when James McDonald steered Mossfun to victory from barrier 11 another 5 winners since have come from double figure numbered barrier draw.
With so much high pressure speed in this race some horses have to use too much early energy from their wide gates to find an early position and more often than not are found wanting in the final stages.
In the 2022 edition of the Golden Slipper, barrier one proved yet again to be the ideal barrier, as Fireburn won from the inside draw.
The testing 1200m at Rosehill is a frantic dash for the two-year-olds in a Golden Slipper. It can be a field of speedy juveniles or those that sit back and wait for one shot at the final 200m.
It was a wet edition of the Golden Slipper in 2022, as the track was rated a heavy 9, after a lot of rain. We still saw a field of 16 contest, as there was only one scratching, which was filled by the first emergency.
In the end, it was not the favourite, Coolangatta who got the chocolates, as she was unable to overcome the wide-ish barrier (11). Instead it was barrier 1 that provided the winner, in Fireburn.
Fireburn with the 2kg weight advantage over the boys, and Brenton Avdulla on board, put in a stellar performance. She ended up winning by 2.44L, after being back in 13th place at the 400m mark.
In second place was Best Of Bordeaux, who tried to lead the race for almost the entire way, but ended up just coming up a bit short. Then wrapping up the final placings was the favourite Coolangatta, who had a lot of work to do at the end of the race, but couldn’t get it all working together, finishing 2.84L off the pace.
You’ve read the words, now watch the video! Have a squiz below at the 2022 Golden Slipper race:
Here are the results from the Golden Slipper in 2022:
|1st||12. FIREBURN (54.5kg)||Brenton Avdulla||–|
|2nd||3. BEST OF BORDEAUX (56.5kg)||Sam Clipperton||2.44L|
|3rd||8. COOLANGATTA (54.5kg)||James McDonald||2.84L|
|4th||1. DAUMIER (56.5kg)||Mark Zahra||4.02L|
|5th||13. OJAI (54.5kg)||Regan Bayliss||5.67L|
|6th||5. JACQUINOT (56.5kg)||Hugh Bowman||5.73L|
|7th||16. SHE’S EXTREME (54.5kg)||Brett Prebble||6.74L|
|8th||11. QUEEN OF THE BALL (54.5kg)||Rachel King||6.8L|
|9th||2. SEJARDAN (56.5kg)||Jason Collett||7.29L|
|10th||10. RUSSIAN CONQUEST (54.5kg)||Tommy Berry||7.84L|
|11th||9. REVOLUTIONARY MISS (54.5kg)||Kerrin McEvoy||8.03L|
|12th||14. SEVEN VEILS (54.5kg)||Joshua Parr||8.47L|
|13th||15. LADY LAGUNA (54.5kg)||Linda Meech||10.21L|
|14th||17e. SWEET RIDE (56.5kg)||Nash Rawiller||13.31L|
|15th||6. SEBONACK (56.5kg)||William Pike||13.39L|
|16th||7. RISE OF THE MASSES (56.5kg)||Tim Clark||14.26L|
The results for the upcoming Golden Slipper are not yet available, but in the meantime, you can have a look below at all the recent past winners:
|2022||Fireburn||Best Of Bordeaux||Coolangatta|
|2017||She Will Reign||Frolic||Tulip|
|2016||Capitalist||Yankee Rose||Flying Artie|
|2014||Mossfun||Earthquake||Bring Me The Maid|
|2010||Crystal Lily||Decision Time||More Strawberries|
Tommy Berry became the most successful modern day rider in the Golden Slipper when he made it three wins steering home Stay Inside for Richard and Michael Freedman here last season. He has previously won on the Gai Waterhouse trained Overreach (2013) and Vancouver (2015).
Only two riders have ridden more winners than Tommy Berry and they hold the record with four successes. Shane Dye (1989 Courtza, 1990 Canny Lad, 1991 Tierce, 1992 Burst) and Ron Quinton (1982 Marscay, 1983 Sir Dapper, 1985 Rory’s Jester, 1987 Marauding).
Despite all the successes of Damien Oliver in big races he has only won this race on one occasion and that was back in 2007 on the John Hawkes trained Forensics.
While the 2023 Golden Slipper jockeys are yet to be decided, know that the best that Australia has to offer will be there on the big day. If you are interested in a little history, have a look at the table below, which outlines all the winning jockeys over the past few years:
|2021||Stay Inside||Tommy Berry|
|2017||She Will Reign||Ben Melham|
|2010||Crystal Lily||Brett Prebble|
The Golden Slipper training records are a family affair. Gai Waterhouse and her father Tommy Smith have been dominant trainers of the Golden Slipper.
Gai Waterhouse leads the trainers list with 7 winners (one in partnership with Adrian Bott) while her father Tommy Smith has trained 6 winners.
In 2001 Gai Waterhouse created history when she trained the first three horses across the line in Ha Ha, Excelerator and Red Hannigan.
Between 1993 to 1996 Lee Freedman trained four consecutive winners of the Golden Slipper (1993 Bint Marscay, 1994 Danzero, 1995 Flying Spur, 1996 Merlene). It took until last season when Stay Inside won for Richard and Michael Freedman for the family to have another success in this race.
The legend Bart Cummings trained 4 Golden Slipper winners with his grandson James in hot pursuit after he claimed his first success with Kiamichi in 2019. Expect he will have plenty of time to reel his famous grandfather in.
While the Golden Slipper trainers for 2023 are yet to be released, we will update you with all of the news as it comes to hand. In the meantime, take a look back at some of the previous trainers to win the Golden Slipper:
|2021||Stay Inside||R & M Freedman|
|2020||Farnan||G Waterhouse & A Bott|
|2018||Estijaab||M, W & J Hawkes|
|2017||She Will Reign||Gary Portelli|
|2016||Capitalist||P & P Snowden|
|2014||Mossfun||M, W & J Hawkes|
|2010||Crystal Lily||M Ellerton & S Zahra|