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Golden Slipper Stakes

The Golden Slipper Stakes is a Group 1 race for two-year-olds held annually in March at Rosehill racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres under set weight conditions and is worth $3,500,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Golden Slipper Stakes was won by Estijaab from Oohood with Sunlight third.

The Golden Slipper Stakes was first run in 1957 with prizemoney of 20,000 pounds and it has grown to become the world's richest race for two-year-old thoroughbreds and Sydney's showpiece event of the Sydney autumn racing carnival for two-year-olds.

Slipper day is the biggest race day of the Rosehill autumn carnival and the three-day Golden Slipper Festival over three consecutive Saturdays provides the perfect lead in to the two-day $18 Million The Championships the following week. The Gr1 Ranvet Stakes and Gr1 George Ryder Stakes take place alongside the Golden Slipper Stakes.

Golden Slipper Stakes info

Date: Saturday 24th March 2018
Track: Rosehill racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1200 metres
Race Type: 2yo - Set Weights
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $3,500,000
2018 Winner: Estijaab

The Golden Slipper Stakes is the richest race for two-year-olds in Australia and is the premier event for youngsters in this country. There are a number of Slipper lead up races for two-year-olds at Rosehill including the Gr2 Reisling Stakes & Gr2 Magic Night Stakes for fillies and the Gr2 Todman Stakes & Gr2 Pago Pago Stakes for colts & geldings.

These races provide Golden Slipper ballot exemptions for winners as well as valuable race experience over the course & distance for any two-year-olds planning to run in this $3,500,000 race. The Golden Slipper has an illustrious history and always attracts the very best 2yo gallopers each and every year. Vancouver (2015) claimed the Todman Stakes & Golden Slipper when he scored an exciting victory in this event from a wide gate.

More often than not winners of this race will go on to be stars of the turf, and some of the classier two-year-olds to win a Slipper recently include Pierro (2012), Sepoy (2011), Miss Finland (2006), Belle de Jour (2000), Guineas (1997), Bint Marscay (1993), and the champion 2yo of his time, Todman, who won the inaugrual running of the race in 1957.

More recently, Yankee Rose (2nd in 2016) and Guelph (4th in 2013) went on to win the ATC Sires Produce Stakes after running in the Golden Slipper, while talented Gai Waterhouse colt Pierro (2012) claimed the Sydney autumn 2yo triple crown by winning the Gr1 ATC Sires Produce Stakes & Gr1 ATC Champagne Stakes at Randwick after taking out the Golden Slipper.

The newly upgraded Gr3 Black Opal Stakes should prove a good lead-up to the Golden Slipper in coming years as it is raced over the same distance two weeks earlier, however Catbird (1999) is the only two-year-old to claim the Black Opal Stakes & Golden Slipper Stakes double in its history.

Estijaab (2018) captured the Gr2 Reisling Stakes over 1200m at Randwick before showing great tenacity to win this event and recent Golden Slipper Stakes winners include She Will Reign (2017) and Capitalist (2016).

2018 Golden Slipper Stakes result

1. $8.50 Estijaab 54.5 Brenton Avdulla
2. $17.00 Oohood 54.5 Zac Purton
3. $5.00 Sunlight 54.5 Luke Currie

then followed
4. $4.80 Written By 56.5 Jordan Childs
5. $13.00 Seabrook 54.5 Damien Oliver
6. $41.00 Long Leaf 56.5 Blake Shinn
7. $26.00 Fiesta 54.5 Kerrin McEvoy
8. $14.00 Sandbar 56.5 Christian Reith
9. $91.00 Sizzling Belle 54.5 Ms Kathy O'Hara
10. $17.00 Aylmerton 56.5 Tommy Berry
11. $201.00 Secret Lady 54.5 Ben Melham
12. $21.00 Ef Troop 56.5 Jason Collett
13. $16.00 Santos 56.5 Tim Clark
14. $7.50 Performer 56.5 Hugh Bowman
15. $41.00 Qafila 54.5 Craig Williams
16. $31.00 Prairie Fire 56.5 Mark Zahra

Margins: 0.2 len, 1.3 len
Time: 1:12.01

Other group races on Golden Slipper day include the Gr1 The Galaxy, Gr1 Rosehill Guineas, Gr3 Birthday Card Stakes & Gr3 NE Manion Cup.

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Golden Slipper Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 Estijaab Oohood Sunlight 1:12.0
2017 She Will Reign Frolic Tulip 1:15.0
2016 Capitalist Yankee Rose Flying Artie 1:10.5
2015 Vancouver English Lake Geneva 1:09.7
2014 Mossfun Earthquake Bring Me The Maid 1:12.1
2013 Overreach Sidestep Sweet Idea 1:11.0
2012 Pierro Snitzerland Samaready 1:09.7
2011 Sepoy Mosheen Elite Falls 1:10.0
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
2007 Forensics Zizou Meurice 1:09.3
2006 Miss Finland Pure Energy Churchill Downs 1:09.5
2005 Stratum Fashions Afield Media 1:09.6
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
1999 Catbird Align Shogun Lodge 1:09.9
1998 Prowl Shovhog Glammis 1:09.5
1997 Guineas Encounter Regal Chamber 1:08.9
1996 Merlene Paint Flavour 1:09.3
1995 Flying Spur Octagonal Millrich 1:10.2
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
1991 Tierce Canonise Big Dreams 1:09.3
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