Golden Slipper 2023

Golden Slipper 2023

The Golden Slipper is one of the most prestigious races in Australia and is certainly the pinnacle of racing in Autumn. There is a massive amount of prizemoney on offer and therefore attracts some of the best horses around. The Golden Slipper will be held on the 18th of March in 2023 at Rosehill Racecourse and the race was won by Fireburn in 2022.

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Golden Slipper Quick Facts

In a hurry? We’ve listed all the quick facts that you need to know about the Golden Slipper:

DateSaturday, 18th March, 2023
Start TimeTBA
RacecourseRosehill Racecourse, NSW, Australia
Distance1,200 metres
GradeGroup 1
Prizemoney$3,500,000

Golden Slipper Introduction

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.

Golden Slipper Tips 2023

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!

Golden Slipper Tips From Experts

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.

Golden Slipper Trifecta 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.

Golden Slipper Betting 2023

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.

Age

The Golden Slipper is restricted to two-year-olds only.

Weight

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.

Gender

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.

Golden Slipper Best Bets

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!

Golden Slipper Bet Types

Below is a table that outlines the basics on how to bet on the Golden Slipper:

Bet TypeHow to Place This Type of Bet
Win BetPlace a bet on the horse you think will be the outright winner (1st place) in the 2023 Golden Slipper.
Place BetPlace 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 BetPlace 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 BetPlace a bet on the horses you think will finish 1st and 2nd in any order in the Golden Slipper.
Exacta BetPlace a bet on the horses you think will finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order in the Golden Slipper.
Trifecta BetPlace a bet on the horses you think will finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order in the Golden Slipper.
First FourPlace a bet on the horses you think will finish 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the correct order in the Golden Slipper.
QuaddiePlace 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.

Golden Slipper Odds 2023

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!

Golden Slipper Field 2023

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:

HorseBarrierJockeyTrainer
1. DAUMIER (56.5kg)8Mark ZahraA & S Freedman
2. SEJARDAN (56.5kg)7Jason CollettGary Portelli
3. BEST OF BORDEAUX (56.5kg)10Sam ClippertonKacy Fogden
4. SHALATIN (56.5kg) – Scratched 5Nash RawillerJoseph Pride
5. JACQUINOT (56.5kg)11Hugh BowmanM Price & M Kent (Jnr)
6. SEBONACK (56.5kg)15William PikeM, W & J Hawkes
7. RISE OF THE MASSES (56.5kg)20Tim ClarkG Waterhouse & A Bott
8. COOLANGATTA (54.5kg)14James McDonaldC Maher & D Eustace
9. REVOLUTIONARY MISS (54.5kg)17Kerrin McEvoyP & P Snowden
10. RUSSIAN CONQUEST (54.5kg)16Tommy BerryP & P Snowden
11. QUEEN OF THE BALL (54.5kg)3Rachel KingR & M Freedman
12. FIREBURN (54.5kg)2Brenton AvdullaGary Portelli
13. OJAI (54.5kg)12Regan BaylissJames Cummings
14. SEVEN VEILS (54.5kg)19Joshua ParrMark Newnham
15. LADY LAGUNA (54.5kg)13Linda MeechAnnabel Neasham
16. SHE’S EXTREME (54.5kg)6Brett PrebbleAnthony Cummings
17e. SWEET RIDE (56.5kg)9Nash RawillerAnnabel Neasham
18e. MILLANE (56.5kg) – Scratched1Peter G Moody
19e. SEMILLION (56.5kg) – Scratched18M, W & J Hawkes
20e. MAN IN THE MIRROR (56.5kg) – Scratched4Annabel Neasham

Golden Slipper Barrier Draw

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.

Golden Slipper Results 2023

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:

FinishHorseJockeyLengths
1st12. FIREBURN (54.5kg)Brenton Avdulla
2nd3. BEST OF BORDEAUX (56.5kg)Sam Clipperton2.44L
3rd8. COOLANGATTA (54.5kg)James McDonald2.84L
4th1. DAUMIER (56.5kg)Mark Zahra4.02L
5th13. OJAI (54.5kg)Regan Bayliss5.67L
6th5. JACQUINOT (56.5kg)Hugh Bowman5.73L
7th16. SHE’S EXTREME (54.5kg)Brett Prebble6.74L
8th11. QUEEN OF THE BALL (54.5kg)Rachel King6.8L
9th2. SEJARDAN (56.5kg)Jason Collett7.29L
10th10. RUSSIAN CONQUEST (54.5kg)Tommy Berry7.84L
11th9. REVOLUTIONARY MISS (54.5kg)Kerrin McEvoy8.03L
12th14. SEVEN VEILS (54.5kg)Joshua Parr8.47L
13th15. LADY LAGUNA (54.5kg)Linda Meech10.21L
14th17e. SWEET RIDE (56.5kg)Nash Rawiller13.31L
15th6. SEBONACK (56.5kg)William Pike13.39L
16th7. RISE OF THE MASSES (56.5kg)Tim Clark14.26L

Golden Slipper Winners

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:

YearWinnerSecondThird
2023TBATBATBA
2022Fireburn Best Of Bordeaux Coolangatta 
2021Stay InsideAnamoeIngratiating
2020FarnanAway GameMamaragan
2019KiamichiMicrophoneLyre
2018EstijaabOohoodSunlight
2017She Will ReignFrolicTulip
2016CapitalistYankee RoseFlying Artie
2015VancouverEnglishLake Geneva
2014MossfunEarthquakeBring Me The Maid
2013OverreachSidestepSweet Idea
2012PierroSnitzerlandSamaready
2011SepoyMosheenElite Falls
2010Crystal LilyDecision TimeMore Strawberries

Golden Slipper Jockeys 2023

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:

YearHorseJockey
2023TBATBA
2022Fireburn Brenton Avdulla
2021Stay InsideTommy Berry
2020FarnanHugh Bowman
2019KiamichiDamian Lane
2018EstijaabBrenton Avdulla
2017She Will ReignBen Melham
2016CapitalistBlake Shinn
2015VancouverTommy Berry
2014MossfunJames McDonald
2013OverreachTommy Berry
2012PierroNash Rawiller
2011SepoyKerrin McEvoy
2010Crystal LilyBrett Prebble

Golden Slipper Trainers 2023

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:

YearHorseTrainer
2023TBATBA
2022FireburnGary Portelli
2021Stay InsideR & M Freedman
2020FarnanG Waterhouse & A Bott
2019KiamichiJames Cummings
2018EstijaabM, W & J Hawkes
2017She Will ReignGary Portelli
2016CapitalistP & P Snowden
2015VancouverG Waterhouse
2014MossfunM, W & J Hawkes
2013OverreachG Waterhouse
2012PierroG Waterhouse
2011SepoyPeter Snowden
2010Crystal LilyM Ellerton & S Zahra

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