The initial 2012 Golden Slipper order of entry has now been released by the Australian Turf Club (ATC), Gai Waterhouse’s Magic Millions Classic winning filly Driefontein topping the list of hopeful juveniles.
Scheduled as the highlight of the Easter Saturday racing action at Rosehill Gardens on April 7 this year, the $3.5 million Group 1 AAMI Golden Slipper (1200m) is the richest race of its kind in the world and always attracts the season’s highest echelon of juveniles.
There are currently a healthy 1310 official Golden Slipper entries, this list of hopefuls to be slashed at second acceptance stage next Tuesday February 7.
Of the Golden Slipper first acceptors, the ATC has come up with a tentative Golden Slipper 2012 ballot based on prize money earned by the candidates to date.
There are currently 29 horses that have won above $23,000 in qualified prize money, 25 of which have surpassed $42,000 in eligible earnings.
Undefeated in her three career runs to date, Fastnet Rock filly Driefontein has amassed well over the $1 million in total earnings.
As her most recent victory in the Magic Millions Classic, where she was awarded first position after her jockey Tommy Berry successfully protested against first past the post No Looking Back and their hoop Nash Rawiller, is a sales-restricted event only $138,000 of Driefontein’s prize money goes towards a Golden Slipper qualification.
Still, this figure is enough to see her sit No. 1 on the Golden Slipper order of entry as of Wednesday February 1, 2012.
Waterhouse has indicated that Driefontein will have just one more lead-up before contesting the 2012 Golden Slipper, the filly out to hand their trainer a second Magic Millions Classic – Golden Slipper double in a single season following Dance Hero who took out both juvenile features in 2004.
Vying for her fourth Golden Slipper victory to add to those of Ha Ha (2001), Dance Hero (2004) and the mighty Sebring (2008), Waterhouse is well-represented in the top 25 in the order of entry this year.
Along with Driefontein Sydney’s leading lady of racing has five other entries that have earned $42,000 or above with:
- Lonhro colt Pierro ($60,000) winner of the Listed Thoroughbred Breeders Plate at Randwick last October
- Magic Millions hard luck story No Looking Back ($42,000) who will first contest the 2012 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield on February 25
- Warwick Farm winning More Than Ready gelding Raceway ($42,000)
- Encosta De Lago colt De Shamekh ($42,000) who was purchased for a hefty $675,000 as a yearling and who has won one of their two starts in Sydney to date
- Purrealist colt Pure Hustle ($42,000) who debuted at Rosehill on October 29 with a solid first-up win over 1100m
Following Driefontein just one other Golden Slipper entry has qualified with triple-figures, the Liam Birchley-trained Snipzu ($109,000).
The seasoned Snippetson filly from Eagle Farm has started six times to date for two wins and three minor placings but was disappointing last start when ninth in the Magic Millions Classic on the Gold Coast.
The next best represented trainer in this current top 29 Golden Slipper ballot is Peter Snowden whose brilliant colt Sepoy secured the Blue Diamond Stakes – Golden Slipper double last year.
Snowden has four horses that have earned above $23,000 to date, the most notable of which is his stakes winning Exceed And Excel filly from Melbourne Cup Day Applegate ($61,500).
Other notable earners in the mix include the John Thompson-trained Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate winner at Flemington Real Stolle ($91,500), Gerald Ryan’s classy Sydney galloper Amorino ($84,000), the Kelso Wood-trained Sizzling ($82,000) and fellow Brisbaninte Discreet ($74,000).
Futures Golden Slipper odds are likely to open at bookies around the country, including our preferred Luxbet, after second acceptances are taken next week and the countdown to uncovering the 2012 Golden Slipper field really heats up.
“The AAMI Golden Slipper picture will become clearer over the coming weeks as the contenders begin to emerge in the black type features in Sydney and Melbourne,” ATC Executive General Manager of Racing Matt Rudolph said.
“Sydney’s black type lead-up races begin at Warwick Farm on February 18 with the Widden and Canonbury stakes while Melbourne’s best two-year-olds will emerge on the Sydney Carnival scene soon after the Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes on February 25.”
2012 Golden Slipper Prize Money Order of Entry
Correct as at 10:00am (NSW time), 01/02/2012
|Order of Entry*||Horse||Trainer||Qualified Prize Money|
|3||REAL STOLLE||John Thompson||$91,500|
|7||THE TRAVELLING MAN||Matt Laurie||$65,000|
|14||JADE MARAUDER||Chris Waller||$52,000|
|18||NO LOOKING BACK||Gai Waterhouse||$42,000|
|20||DE SHAMEKH||Gai Waterhouse||$42,000|
|21||DON’T BLINK||John O’Shea||$42,000|
|24||PURE HUSTLE||Gai Waterhouse||$42,000|
|27||MRS GRAY||David Hayes||$32,200|
*Order of Entry is a guide only and lists horses with qualified earnings of above $23,000 only