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The first official round of 2013 Golden Slipper nominations were taken by Racing NSW on Tuesday July 3, 2012 with 1127 yearlings making up the early entries.
The richest juvenile feature in the world and a genuine highlight of the annual Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, the next edition of the $3.5 million Tooheys New Golden Slipper (1200m) is scheduled to run on Saturday April 6, 2013 at Rosehill Gardens.
Already the race to make the coveted Golden Slipper field is on with connections paying the early $357 nomination fee for their yearlings yesterday.
In a surprise move by billionaire mining magnate and head of Patinack Farm Racing, Nathan Tinkler opted not to nominate any of his youngsters for the Golden Slipper 2013.
Instead he will wait and see how his 200 potentials progress in the coming months and should any strike him as a genuine Golden Slipper winning chance he will then pay the hefty $150,000 late entry fee due by April 1, 2013.
“Last year we nominated 170, spent over $60,000 in nominations and didn’t have a runner in the race,” Patinack Farm head trainer John Thompson explained.
“It is a big expense when you have a big operation like Patinack Farm, especially if you don’t really have an idea on your horses ability at this stage.
“I rang the boss (Tinkler) and said I would be completely guessing if I had to pick our Golden Slipper horses now.
“We have a lot of home bred horses and would basically be picking them on pedigree.
“Nathan suggested we just wait and if we have any that are good enough we will pay up for the late entry.
“If they are good enough, they would probably pay their way anyway.
“Our two-year-olds have been in and out of the stables a few times but we haven’t put them under any pressure.”
While Tinkler isn’t currently represented in the 2013 Golden Slipper entries the majority of the country’s other leading trainers are including Peter Snowden, Peter Moody, Gerald Ryan, Chris Waller and Gai Waterhouse who will be out for successive victories following the success of Pierro this year.
Those that did nominate their possible stars of the future in the Golden Slipper also received a bonus entry into the 2013 Golden Rose.
The $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) runs at Rosehill during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival with the 2012 Golden Rose set to run this year on Saturday September 15, 2012.
The following 2013 Golden Slipper entry and acceptance stages and fees are as follows:
- First Acceptances: First acceptance fee of $500 inc GST to be paid before 3pm Tuesday 2 October 2012
- Second Acceptances: Second acceptance fee of $1,000 inc GST to be paid before 3pm on Tuesday 5 February 2013
- Late Entry of Two-Year-Olds: Entries of two-year-olds not qualified under the conditions may still be received up 11am on Monday 1 April 2013, on payment of a “late entry” fee of $150,000 inc GST (which includes the final acceptance fee and De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose nomination)
- Final Acceptances: Final acceptance fee of $30,000 inc GST to be paid before 9am on Tuesday 2 April 2013 (final acceptance fee and any “late entry fee” paid for any horse rejected to be refunded)
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