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This weekend the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival’s showcase race will take centre stage at Rosehill Gardens with the 2013 Golden Slipper for two-year-olds, and to help you back this year’s winner below we take a look at some of the major Golden Slipper facts and hoodoos that favour some and that others will have to overcome to win the world’s richest race for juveniles.
The $3.5 million Group 1 Tooheys New Golden Slipper (1200m) is scheduled to run as Rosehill Race 7 at 4:00pm (AEST) on Saturday and features a full field of 16 starters plus two emergencies.
Golden Slipper betting is dominated by Gai Waterhouse’s top filly Overreach after her third win on the trot following emphatic wins in the Widden Stakes and Reisling Stakes this time in.
With the track entering the Heavy range however the price on Overreach to hand Waterhouse her fifth Golden Slipper trophy has eased out and the filly now pays a more attractive $2.50 through bookmaker.com.au.
The only other single-figure fancy is then Peter Snowden’s Pago Pago Stakes winner Sidestep ($9).
Following closer is then the genuine Golden Slipper betting market mover Sweet Idea, stablemate to Overreach and one of three Waterhouse-trained chances in the mix, who has been slashed into $10 and firming.
Sweet Idea comes off a Silver Slipper Stakes win at the track in the wet and as the only Heavy track winner in the field has plenty of admirers.
But the track isn’t the only thing to consider when it comes to making your Golden Slipper selections and placing those Golden Slipper bets.
Whether you’re a form junkie or a superstitious punter below you will find the must know Golden Slipper Facts & Hoodoos on everything from the barriers to the names of the runners.
Golden Slipper Barriers
Best: Barrier 1 has produced eight winners the most recent being Pierro last year; this year Pierro’s stablemate and the race favourite #11 Overreach ($2.50) jump from the gun gate
Worst: No Golden Slipper winner has ever jumped from barrier 13; this year the hoodoo gate belongs to #5 I’m All The Talk ($21) but if the two emergencies come out it will be #6 Fast ‘N’ Rocking ($21) looking to be the first from 13
Overdue: Barrier 9 hasn’t produced a winner since Sweet Embrace in 1967 which is the longest losing sequence of any gate making it statistically overdue; #15 Guelph ($26) has drawn nine but it will be #6 Whittington ($20) who jumps from it if emergencies come out
Golden Slipper Wet Track
Best: #13 Sweet Idea ($10) is the only horse in the field to win on a Heavy track in the Silver Slipper last time out, she’s also bred to handle the mud as her sire Snitzel has had 68 wet track winners – 16.8% of his total prodigy to have run on the ground
Worst: #10 Windjammer’s sire Bernardini has produced just one wet track winner from 40 starters and their dam Ekali had four stakes winners down under none of which had any luck in the mud
Golden Slipper Breeding
Best: #11 Overreach is the shortest priced of the six Golden Slipper starters this year who has a Darley Stallion as a sire and Darley stallions have produced the last two winners; #13 Sweet Idea is then the shortest priced of five hopes coming via the Magic Millions Gold Coast sales which have produced eight of the past 14 Golden Slipper champions
Worst: The last Golden Slipper winner with a Coolmore Stud stallion as a sire was Ha Ha (Danehill) back in 2001; this year three will look to break that hoodoo with #2 Fast ‘N’ Rocking ($21), #6 Whittington ($20) and second emergency #18 Il Cavallo ($16)
Golden Slipper Lead-Up Race
Best: The most successful lead-up race in the past 30 years has been the Skyline Stakes with seven winners in that time; this year’s Skyline Stakes winner was #5 I’m All The Talk ($21)
Worst: #14 Villa Verde ($12) is the only confirmed starter that has had just the one run this time in and if successful would be the first two-year-old in over three decades to win the race off one lead-up
Golden Slipper Saddlecloths
Best: #1 has produced 11 winners and this year #1 Criterion ($13) will look to be the 12th
Worst: Saddlecloths #14 and #17 are yet to produce a Golden Slipper winner; this year they belong to #14 Villa Verde ($12) and first emergency #17 Havana ($101)
Golden Slipper Boys v Girls
Best: Colts have won 27 times and this year the best fancied is #4 Sidestep ($9)
Worst: Geldings have produced the least number of Golden Slipper winners; there are no geldings in the race this year
Golden Slipper Names
Best: Horses whose names start with the letter ‘S’ have won the Golden Slipper nine times; this year there are two top chances that fit this with #4 Sidestep ($9) and #13 Sweet Idea ($10)
Worst: No Golden Slipper Winner has had a four-word name ruling out #5 I’m All The Talk ($21) this year
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