This week the Australian Turf Club (ATC) took first acceptances for the Golden Slipper 2015 with entries up more than 16 percent on last year for the world’s richest two-year-olds’ race that will run in March next year.
Previously held in early April at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, the $3.5 million Group 1 Tooheys New Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) is a major highlight of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and for the first time in 2015 will headline a new-look Golden Slipper Carnival on Saturday March 21.
Next year Golden Slipper Day will be host to five Group 1 races with the George Ryder Stakes, Rosehill Guineas, Ranvet Stakes and The Galaxy running alongside the juveniles’ centerpiece.
The move means the Golden Slipper will be held a fortnight before The Championships at Royal Randwick allowing for a two week break before the $1 million Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) and another fortnight between that and the closing leg of the Sydney 2YO Triple Crown – the $400,000 Group 1 Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes (1600m).
Won in 2014 by Mossfun who made it back-to-back victories for the fillies following the Gai Waterhouse-trained Overreach (2013), 2015 Golden Slipper nominations closed in July with Darley the best represented.
There was a notable jump in Golden Slipper first acceptances this week meanwhile with connections of 1236 two-year-olds paying the $550 fee to keep their youngsters in the mix.
That’s 16.16% more, or 172 nominees, up on the 1065 Golden Slipper first acceptors this time last year for this year’s race.
“This big increase in first nominations emphatically highlights once again that it is every owner’s and trainer’s dream to win the greatest two year old race in the world,” ATC Executive General Manager of Racing Matt Rudolph said on Wednesday.
“Next year’s race will be part of a day of five Group 1 races and will again elevate Tooheys New Golden Slipper Day to arguably the greatest day of racing on the Australian calendar.
“No other race shapes the breeding industry like the Tooheys New Golden Slipper and with such a large number of entries that will again be the case, especially if a colt wins.”
2015 Golden Slipper First Acceptances
- 1236 two-year-olds in total up 172 on last season
- 609 colts
- 627 fillies
Fillies are again a dominant presence outnumbering the colts 627 to 609 at first acceptance stage.
Darley are still well represented with their 174 original entries down to 78 but now trail Sydney’s leading lady of racing Gai Waterhouse with 89.
Waterhouse is the second most successful Golden Slipper winning trainer in history with five wins trailing only her late, great father T.J. Smith who prepared six winners.
Best Represented Stables
- Gai Waterhouse (89)
- Darley Australia (78)
- Chris Waller (42) and Star Thoroughbreds (21)
- Gerald Ryan (56)
- David Hayes (48)
- Team Hawkes (46)
- Peter & Paul Snowden (45)
- Mick Price (44)
- Gooree Park Stud (34)
- Peter Moody (32)
Along with Waterhouse the next best represented Sydney stable is four time premiership winner Chris Waller with 42 of his own plus the 21 for Star Thoroughbreds he will prepare for Denise Martin and co.
Last year’s winning trainers, father and sons team John, Michael and Wayne Hawkes still have 46 in the mix this year as they attempt to go back-to-back following Mossfun’s upset this year when the odds-on favourite Earthquake finished second.
Before Mossfun (2013), Overreach (2013) and the fellow Waterhouse-trained Pierro (2012) the other most recent Golden Slipper winner was the Peter Snowden-trained Sepoy.
Snowden now trains in partnership with his son Paul after leaving his position as private trainer for Godolphin and they have 45 hopes still in contention.
Best Represented Sires
- Fastnet Rock (75)
- More Than Ready (57)
- Exceed And Excel (52)
- Snitzel (51)
- Sebring (50)
- Lonhro (42)
The best represented sire meanwhile is Fastnet Rock (75) who has a notable gap on More Than Ready (57) whose latest Golden Slipper winning progeny was Phelan Ready (2009).
New South Wales dominate numbers-wise in the Golden Slipper first acceptances with the host state boasting 691 entries followed by Victoria (309), Queensland (184), South Australia (34) and Western Australia (3).
All horses currently accepted for the Golden Slipper are also all automatically in the mix for the $1 million Group 1 De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose (1400m) held at the same track in September next year.
2015 Golden Slipper second acceptances attract a fee of $1000 and must be paid before 3pm on Tuesday February 3, 2015.
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