Golden Slipper Stakes

The Golden Slipper is the richest race for two-year-old horses in the world. The $3.5 million Group 1 runs at Rosehill Gardens in March during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

2018 Golden Slipper Results

  • 1st: #11 Estijaab
  • 2nd: #12 Oohood
  • 3rd: #10 Sunlight

The Golden Slipper Stakes is one of the premier races of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and is also the richest two year old race in the world. Held in late March at Rosehill Gardens, the 1200m sprint event is worth a lucrative $3.5 million in prize money and is the feature event on Golden Slipper Day.

A total of five elite level autumn races take place at the meeting with the Golden Slipper joined by the: Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m), Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m), the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) and the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) for three-year-olds.

A number of traditional lead-ups to the Golden Slipper field offer a ballot exemption to the winning two-year-olds including the: Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) and Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) held in late February; the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) and Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) run at Randwick on Guineas Day; and the Group 3 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) run the week before.

Their positioning two weeks before the Golden Slipper Stakes makes the Todman Stakes and Reisling Stakes the best guides to the Group 1 in recent years.

Following the Golden Slipper betting the best two-year-olds may back-up at Royal Randwick during ‘The Championships’ in April and contest the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m). In 2016 Yankee Rose ran second in the Golden Slipper before winning the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes.

The 2018 Golden Slipper ran on Saturday Saturday March 24, 2018 and saw the Team Hawkes-trained filly Estijaab lead all-the-way to win.

Golden Slipper Stakes
Date: Saturday March 24, 2018
Track: Rosehill Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 2YO Open Set Weight C&G 56.5kg F 54.5kg
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $3,500,000

2018 Golden Slipper Results

  • 1st: #11 Estijaab
  • 2nd: #12 Oohood
  • 3rd: #10 Sunlight

Check out the official Golden Slipper Stakes 2018 Results & Finishing Order below, following the link to read more on the impressive all-the-way win by Estijaab who came off a lead-up Reisling Stakes win and held off the Tony McEvoy-trained stablemates Oohood (2nd) and Sunlight (3rd) for an all-filly Golden Slipper trifecta.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 11 ESTIJAAB Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 14 54.5kg $8.50
2 12 OOHOOD Tony McEvoy Zac Purton 0.2L 10 54.5kg $17
3 10 SUNLIGHT Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 1.5L 5 54.5kg $5
4 1 WRITTEN BY Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 1.8L 4 56.5kg $4.80F
5 15 SEABROOK (NZ) Mick Price Damien Oliver 2.1L 11 54.5kg $13
6 4 LONG LEAF David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Blake Shinn 3.1L 15 56.5kg $41
7 13 FIESTA Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 3.3L 16 54.5kg $26
8 8 SANDBAR Brad Widdup Christian Reith 4L 3 56.5kg $14
9 14 SIZZLING BELLE Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 4.2L 1 54.5kg $91
10 3 AYLMERTON Jean Dubois Tommy Berry 4.4L 8 56.5kg $17
11 16 SECRET LADY Gary Portelli Ben Melham 4.9L 12 54.5kg $201
12 6 EF TROOP Tony Gollan Jason Collett 5L 2 56.5kg $21
13 2 SANTOS Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 5.1L 7 56.5kg $16
14 5 PERFORMER Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 5.3L 13 56.5kg $7.50
15 17e QAFILA David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 8.3L 9 54.5kg $41
16 7 PRAIRIE FIRE Mick Price Mark Zahra 11.7L 6 56.5kg $31
19e LEGEND OF CONDOR Gerald Ryan 0
20e SPIN Peter & Paul Snowden 0
9 ENBIHAAR David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Stephen Baster 0
18e GONGS James Cummings Tye Angland 0

2018 Golden Slipper Tips

  • 1st: #1 Written By
  • 2nd: #2 Santos
  • 3rd: #10 Sunlight

Read our full Golden Slipper 2018 Tips & Golden Slipper Winner Predictions now.

2018 Golden Slipper Form Guide

Check out our comprehensive Golden Slipper Stakes Form Guide page for the latest facts and stats on the race.

Our insider 2018 Golden Slipper Form Guide & Betting Preview is also now available by following the link.

2018 Golden Slipper Betting

Golden Slipper betting is extremely popular and has generally been a strong event for punters. Futures Golden Slipper betting is open months in advance of the race offering generous Golden Slipper odds on the potential runners in the two-years-old classic run in the autumn.

Favourites have a strong recent record in the Golden Slipper results of the past decade with four saluting for the punters: Sebring (2008), Sepoy ($2011), Overreach (2013) and Vancouver (2015).

The Golden Slipper 2018 Odds provided by will be available as soon as announced. 

2018 Golden Slipper Field

The official Golden Slipper Stakes field of final acceptances is due to be released by Racing NSW at 9am (local) on Tuesday March 20, 2018 and will be published below.

Each year the Golden Slipper field is released on the Tuesday before the race and final acceptances come at a cost of $30,000 to connections. The Golden Slipper final acceptances follow a number of early entry stages starting with the nomination of yearlings taken in early July of the previous year.

Stay up to date with the latest on the Golden Slipper Field at our dedicated page.

The official 2018 Golden Slipper Stakes Field is now out with a capacity line-up of two-year-olds led by the filly Sunlight in barrier five who chases win number six on the trot following her successive lead-up victories at Rosehill including last weekend’s Magic Night Stakes. Ladbrokes Blue Diamond champ Written By won the Pago Pago Stakes last weekend in a half-second quicker time and jumps one wider from gate four in the Golden Slipper 2018 field.

Read more on the Golden Slipper 2018 Final Field led by Sunlight in Barrier 5.

2018 Golden Slipper Field Update: The Lindsay Park-trained filly Enbihaar (15), runner-up in the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes last start, has tied-up and poor blood results from Friday have seen her scratched from the field. In her place is the first emergency and stablemate Qafila in barrier 10 with Craig Williams to ride.

Read more on the 2018 Golden Slipper scratching of Enbihaar.

No. Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier
1 1×111 WRITTEN BY Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 4
2 34×11 SANTOS Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 7
3 11 AYLMERTON Jean Dubois Tommy Berry 8
4 11×10 LONG LEAF David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Blake Shinn 19
5 1x1L PERFORMER Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 16
6 1142 EF TROOP Tony Gollan Jason Collett 2
7 314 PRAIRIE FIRE Mick Price Mark Zahra 6
8 1162 SANDBAR Brad Widdup Christian Reith 3
9 112 ENBIHAAR David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Stephen Baster 15
10 3×11111 SUNLIGHT Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 5
11 121 ESTIJAAB Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 17
12 2×323 OOHOOD Tony McEvoy Zac Purton 11
13 32×12 FIESTA Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 20
14 1112 SIZZLING BELLE Nick Olive Kathy O’Hara 1
15 4×31 SEABROOK (NZ) Mick Price Damien Oliver 12
16 212574 SECRET LADY Gary Portelli Ben Melham 13
17e 14×74 QAFLIA David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 10
18e 11×34 GONGS James Cummings Tye Angland 14
19e 1×434 LEGEND OF CONDOR Gerald Ryan TBA 9
20e 42×23 SPIN Peter & Paul Snowden TBA 18

2018 Golden Slipper Nominations

The very early Golden Slipper Stakes nominations close the July of the previous year and feature over 2000 yearlings. Nomination of yearlings for the Golden Slipper Stakes comes at a cost of $375 to connections.

Check out the official 2018 Golden Slipper Stakes Nominations, which attracted a record number of yearlings (2197).

2018 Golden Slipper First Acceptances

Following the nominations the Golden Slipper first acceptances close in early October of the year before at a cost of $550 to connections.

The 2018 Golden Slipper first acceptances closed on Tuesday October 3, 2017 with 1,610 entries still in the mix.

2018 Golden Slipper Second Acceptances

Golden Slipper second acceptances further narrow down the list of hopefuls heading towards the autumn classic and are the first round of declarations taking place the year of the race.

The 2018 Golden Slipper second acceptances close on Tuesday January 23, 2018 at 3pm (local time) at a cost of $1000 to connections.

Read about the record 2018 Golden Slipper Second Acceptances, which feature 358 hopefuls led by the Magic Millions Classic winner Sunlight.

Late Golden Slipper Stakes entries are open until 11am (local time) on the Monday prior to the race but attracts a hefty $150,000 for owners.

2018 Golden Slipper Day

Golden Slipper Day is one of the highlights of the annual Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival

The meeting runs at the iconic Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in mid-late March and features eight Group status races:

  • $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m)
  • $1 million Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m)
  • $700,000 Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m)
  • $700,000 Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m)
  • $600,000 Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (1600m)
  • $150,000 Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m)
  • $150,000 Group 3 Epona Stakes (1900m)
  • $150,000 Group 3 NE Manion Quality Cup (2400m)

Golden Slipper History

Originally worth 20,000 pounds in prize money, the Golden Slipper Stakes was first run in 1957 and was won by Todman. Jockey Shane Dye and Ron Quinton have been the most successful jockeys in Golden Slipper history. Quinton won the race with Marscay (1982), Sir Dapper (1983), Rory’s Jester (1985) and Marauding (1987), while Dye won the race on four consecutive occasions; piloting Courtza (1989), Canny Lad (1990), Tierce (1991) and Burst (1992) to victory.

Renowned trainer Tommy J. Smith won the race with six horses; taking out the Group 1 event with Fairy Walk (1971), John’s Hope (1972), Hartshill (1974), Toy Show (1975), Bounding Away (1986) and Star Watch (1988). The fastest winning time was recorded in 2004 when Dance Hero won in 1 minute and 8.6 seconds, while Canny Lad recorded the slowest winning race time in 1990 with a time 1 minute and 15.41 seconds.

The Golden Slipper began as a Principle race from 1957 – 1978 before gaining its current Group 1 status in 1979. It was held over six furlongs until 1972 and then officially 1200m with the metric conversion coming in from 1973 onwards.

From 2009 – 2014 the Golden Slipper Stakes ran on the first Saturday of April. Prior to 2008 it ran on the Saturday before Good Friday. It now runs in March leading up to the two-day ‘The Championships’ on the first two Saturdays of April.

Notable recent Golden Slipper winners include Dance Hero (2004), Stratum (2005), Miss Finland (2006) Sebring (2008) Sepoy (2011), Pierro (2012) and Capitalist (2016).

In both 2017 and 2018 the Golden Slipper trifecta was an all-filly affair.

Recent Golden Slipper Winners

See below for the full Golden Slipper winners and results dating back to 2000.

Year Place Horse Time
Golden Slipper Stakes
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
Golden Slipper Stakes
1st Estijaab TBD
2nd Oohood
3rd Sunlight
Golden Slipper Stakes
1st She Will Reign 1 minute 15.04 seconds
2nd Frolic
3rd Tulip
Golden Slipper Stakes
1st Capitalist 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Yankee Rose
3rd Flying Artie
Golden Slipper Stakes
1st Vancouver 1 minute 9.74 seconds
2nd English
3rd Lake Geneva
Golden Slipper Stakes
1st Mossfun 1 minute 12.17 seconds
2nd Earthquake
3rd Bring Me The Maid
Golden Slipper Stakes
1st Overreach 1 minute 11.0 seconds
2nd Sidestep
3rd Sweet Idea
Golden Slipper Stakes
1st Pierro 1 minute 09.7 seconds
2nd Snitzerland
3rd Samaready
Golden Slipper Stakes
1st Sepoy 1 minute 10.0 seconds
2nd Mosheen
3rd Elite Falls
Golden Slipper Stakes
1st Crystal Lily 1 minute 10.78 seconds
2nd Decision Time
3rd More Strawberries
Golden Slipper Stakes
1st Phelan Ready 1 minute 11.78 seconds
2nd Headway
3rd Manhattan Rain
Golden Slipper Stakes
1st Sebring 1 minute 12.88 seconds
2nd Von Costa De Hero
3rd Portillo
Golden Slipper Stakes
1st Forensics 1 minute 9.33 seconds
2nd Zizou
3rd Meurice
Golden Slipper Stakes
1st Miss Finland 1 minute 9.52 seconds
2nd Pure Energy
3rd Churchill Downs
Golden Slipper Stakes
1st Stratum 1 minute 9.67 seconds
2nd Fashions Afield
3rd Media
Golden Slipper Stakes
1st Dance Hero 1 minute 8.6 seconds
2nd Charge Forward
3rd Alinghi
Golden Slipper Stakes
1st Polar Success 1 minute 9.07 seconds
2nd How Funny
3rd Hasna
Golden Slipper Stakes
1st Calaway Gal 1 minute 8.81 seconds
2nd Victory Vein
3rd Choisir
Golden Slipper Stakes
1st Ha Ha 1 minute 8.94 seconds
2nd Excellerator
3rd Red Hannigan
Golden Slipper Stakes
1st Belle Du Jour 1 minute 9.51 seconds
2nd Crowned Glory
3rd Assertive Lad

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