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The Australian Turf Club (ATC) is looking at bringing forward date for the 2015 Golden Slipper next Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, nominations for the world’s richest two-year-olds race taken this week.
On Tuesday when the early entries were first listed Races.com.au reported there were 1217 juveniles heading towards next year’s edition of the $3.5 million Group 1 Tooheys New Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m).
That figure has now increased to a total 1851 nominations for the classic, the entries led by Sheikh Mohammed’s racing powerhouse Darley with 174 hopefuls.
Among their top entries is a three-quarter sister to this year’s Blue Diamond Stakes winner and Golden Slipper runner-up Earthquake, a Commands filly named Tremor.
Gai Waterhouse, who is one below her record holding father TJ Smith with five Golden Slipper winners to date, will look to equal the late Smith with 109 yearlings nominated for the 49th edition.
Sydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller is also well represented with 76 hopefuls at this stage as he chases his maiden Golden Slipper victory, up 34 from his nominees for the 2014 Slipper.
His numbers are boosted this year thanks to the inclusion of Denise Martin’s Star Thoroughbreds entries with the Waller camp this year.
Other top trainers with big numbers for the Slipper next autumn then include David Hayes (65), Gerald Ryan (57) and Team Hawkes (51) who took out this year’s race with their Mossman filly Mossfun.
New father-and-son training team Peter and Paul Snowden meanwhile have 49 entered with Peter Snowden looking to secure his first win as a public trainer.
He was previous the private horseman to Darley and prepared recent Golden Slipper winner Sepoy who won the Blue Diamond – Slipper double in 2011.
Sepoy is one of the four past Golden Slipper winners along with Pierro (2012), Overreach (2013) and Mossfun (2014) with siblings entered for the next installment.
“The Tooheys New Golden Slipper is a race that sets the Australian thoroughbred industry apart from the rest of the world,” ATC Executive General Manager of Racing Matt Rudolph said.
“This year’s nominations are again of unquestionable quality and it’s great to see the numbers increase ten per cent on last year, which is a good sign for racing in general.”
Two first season sires will also look to improve their value for future stud dates too with Star Witness (37) and Hinchinbrook (36) boasting plenty of Slipper numbers.
Usually held in early April each year, the 2015 Golden Slipper Stakes could be run earlier in the carnival with the ATC proposing a tentative date of March 21 next autumn.
The move forward two weeks from the 2014 Golden Slipper Day date would lead better into the last two legs of the two-year-old autumn Triple Crown according to Rudolph.
While the date is still pending approval from both Racing New South Wales (RNSW) and the Australian Pattern Committee (APC) it would be ideal with the ATC Sires Produce Stakes held the following fortnight and then the Champagne Stakes another two weeks later again.
This year only three Golden Slipper runners backed up in the Group 1 ATC Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) – Believe Yourself, Unencumbered and Cornrow – as there was only seven days between the features.
To accommodate the shift the ATC could approve for the Rosehill Guineas meeting, feature the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes and Pago Pago Stakes, to move forward to March 14, 2015.
To stay up-to-date with all the 2015 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival dates and Group 1 updates stay tuned to Races.com.au.
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