Todman Stakes

The Todman Stakes is a Group 2 race held at Randwick Racecourse as a Golden Slipper lead-up during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

2024 Todman Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Switzerland
  • 2nd: #3 Straight Charge
  • 3rd: #1 Shangri La Express



The Todman Stakes, also known as the Todman Slipper Trial, is an exciting Group 2 race held as part of the coveted Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. Taking place on Randwick Guineas Day in early – mid March at Royal Randwick Racecourse, the Todman Stakes is a traditional lead-up to the Group 1 $4.92 million Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens.

Randwick Guineas Day is host to two Group 1 races – the $1 million Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) and the Group 1 $750,000 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) – as well as a number of other Group status support acts. Along with the Todman Stakes, the meeting is host to the fillies’ equivalent – the Group 2  $300,000 Reisling Stakes (1200m) – as well as the lucrative Group 2 $500,000 Challenge Stakes (1000m).

Worth $300,000 in prize money, the Todman Stakes is run over the sprint distance of 1200m and is for two-year-old colts and geldings at set weights. The Todman Stakes winner is exempt from Golden Slipper ballot and recent horses to complete the double include Farnan (2020), Vancouver (2015), and Pierro (2012).

Leading up to the Todman Stakes two-year-olds may run in the previous weekend’s Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) on Chipping Norton Stakes Day, and before the Golden Slipper the following week’s Group 3 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill is a nice lead-up for Todman Stakes graduates.

Anamoe won the 2021 Todman Stakes before a next-up Golden Slipper second and subsequent Group 1 Inglis Sires’ victory. He also took out the spring’s Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) over the mile before a controversial second when narrowly denied victory in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m).

The 2023 Todman Stakes form was franked with the winner Cylinder running a next-up second in the Golden Slipper results. He also finished third in the spring’s Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m). Militarize meanwhile was third in the 2023 Todman and went on to salute in the Group 1 Inglis Sires’ (1400m) and Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) that prep before his Golden Rose Stakes victory.

Cylinder returned the next year in 2024 racing on the same day but down in Melbourne and scored an emotional upset victory for jockey Jamie Kah in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington to further frank the 2023 Todman form.

The Todman Stakes 2024 ran on Saturday March 9, 2024 at Randwick Racecourse as a key Golden Slipper Stakes lead-up and was won in terrific fashion by the undefeated Chris Waller-trained Snitzel colt Switzerland ($3.60). 

2024 Todman Stakes
Date: Saturday March 9, 2024
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Conditions: 2YO Colts & Geldings – Set Weights
Weights: 55.5kg
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000
Inaugurated: 1973

2024 Todman Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Switzerland ($3.60)
  • 2nd: #3 Straight Charge
  • 3rd: #1 Shangri La Express

Trainer Chris Waller looks to have a genuine shot at back-to-back Golden Slipper wins heading into this year’s race with his unbeaten colt Switzerland ($3.60) who was excellent off a gun ride by James McDonald to beat the favourite Straight Charge ($2.80F) by nearly a length in the Todman Stakes 2024 results.

Click here to read more on the classy win by Switzerland in the 2024 Todman Stakes results.

2024 Todman Stakes Race Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 6 SWITZERLAND Chris Waller James McDonald 4 55.5kg $3.60
2 3 STRAIGHT CHARGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 0.91L 1 55.5kg $2.80F
3 1 SHANGRI LA EXPRESS Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Regan Bayliss 2.12L 2 55.5kg $14
4 4 BODYGUARD Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 2.7L 7 55.5kg $8.50
5 5 ESPIONAGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Nash Rawiller 3.68L 8 55.5kg (cd 56kg) $4
6 8 GETAFIX John O’Shea Jason Collett 8.82L 5 55.5kg $19
7 10 VERLANDER Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jordan Childs 9.07L 3 55.5kg $81
8 7 ALL INCLUSIVE David Vandyke Ryan Maloney 13.26L 6 55.5kg $26
2 ODINSON Ciaron Maher Tom Marquand 0
9 FULL METAL JACKET Gary Portelli Zac Lloyd (a) 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Todman Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Todman Stakes 2024 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the Golden Slipper Stakes lead-up race this weekend will be available below the week of the race.

Farnan ($1.80 in 2020) and Sejardan ($2.50 in 2022) are the last favourites in Todman Stakes betting to get the job done.

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2024 Todman Stakes Form Guide

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2024 Todman Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Todman Stakes 2024 Tips on the important Golden Slipper lead-up this autumn.

  • To Win: #3 Straight Charge ($2.60 at time of publish) – BET NOW

The Todman Stakes boasts a stellar line-up, with several recent winners aiming to solidify their Golden Slipper credentials. However, the clear favourite remains this son of Written By, trained by the formidable partnership of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott. The colt has an impressive record, boasting two wins from three starts and already proving his prowess at Randwick with a dominant victory in December. He further cemented his potential with a convincing win in the Group 2 Silver Slipper at Rosehill, showcasing his ability to compete at a higher level. Despite the step up in distance to 1200m, his recent form suggests he has the stamina and talent to handle the challenge. Additionally, he has drawn the coveted rails run and has performed well on Soft track conditions in the past. Given his consistent performance and current form, Straight Charge appears to be the horse to beat in this exciting race.

2024 Todman Stakes Field

The Todman Stakes field attracts the best young two-year-old colts and geldings seeking a run in the coveted Golden Slipper Stakes field in a fortnight’s time at Rosehill Gardens, and are released by Racing NSW  the Wednesday before Randwick Guineas Day.

The official 2024 Todman Stakes field and barriers will be published in full below once announced.

2024 Todman Stakes Nominations

Early Todman Stakes nominations for 2024 close the Monday of race week and will be published here once confirmed.

Silver Slipper winner Straight Charge leads betting on a quality 2024 Todman Stakes final field in Sydney on Saturday.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 11×2 SHANGRI LA EXPRESS Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Regan Bayliss 2 55.5kg
2 31×7 ODINSON Ciaron Maher Tom Marquand 5 55.5kg
3 2x1x1 STRAIGHT CHARGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1 55.5kg
4 1×1 BODYGUARD Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 9 55.5kg
5 1×2 ESPIONAGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Nash Rawiller 10 55.5kg 56kg
6 11 SWITZERLAND Chris Waller James McDonald 4 55.5kg
7 1 ALL INCLUSIVE David Vandyke Ryan Maloney 8 55.5kg
8 1 GETAFIX John O’Shea Jason Collett 6 55.5kg
9 FULL METAL JACKET Gary Portelli Zac Lloyd (a) 7 55.5kg
10 VERLANDER Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jordan Childs 3 55.5kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Todman Stakes History

The Todman Slipper Trial was inaugurated in 1973 with Imagele claiming victory in the first race. It began as a principal race run over 1200m, and although the distance has remained the same, the status of the event has increased. It was elevated to a Group 3 status in 1980 before finally being installed as a Group 2 race in 1986. The race has taken place at a number of Sydney’s racecourses over the years including Rosehill Gardens, Canterbury Park and its current home at Royal Randwick Racecourse.

After 2005 the Todman Slipper Trial was called the Todman Stakes.

Notable Todman Stakes winners in recent years include Written Tycoon (2005), Smart Missile (2011) Pierro (2012), Criterion (2013), subsequent The Everest champion Yes Yes Yes (2019), and champion Godolphin galloper Anamoe (2021).

In 2020 Gai Waterhouse celebrated her incredible eighth Todman Stakes win with Farnan with the horse going on to also salute in that year’s Golden Slipper Stakes results.

The full Todman Stakes results going back to 2000 are listed in the below table.

Recent Todman Slipper Trial Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2024
Todman Stakes
1st Switzerland 1 minute 09.39 seconds
2nd Straight Charge
3rd Shangri La Express
2023
Todman Stakes
1st Cylinder 1 minute 09.70 seconds
2nd Red Resistance
3rd Militarize
2022
Todman Stakes
1st Sejardan 1 minute 13.99 seconds
2nd Boyfriend
3rd Shalatin
2021
Todman Stakes
1st Anamoe 1 minute 08.54 seconds
2nd Profiteer
3rd Home Affairs
2020
Todman Stakes
1st Farnan 1 minute 09.86 seconds
2nd Tagaloa
3rd Blondeau
2019
Todman Stakes
1st Yes Yes Yes 1 minute 08.40 seconds
2nd Bellevue Hill
3rd Dubious
2018
Todman Stakes
1st Aylmerton 1 minute 08.84 seconds
2nd Ef Troop
3rd Tchaikovsky
2017
Todman Stakes
1st Gunnison 1 minute 13.49 seconds
2nd Invader
3rd Veranillo
2016
Todman Stakes
1st Kiss And Make Up 1 minute 9.5 seconds
2nd Capitalist
3rd Weatherly
2015
Todman Slipper Trial
1st Vancouver 1 minute 08.8 seconds
2nd Furnaces
3rd Headwater
2014
Todman Stakes
1st Ghibellines 1 minute 10.7 seconds
2nd Unencumbered
3rd Cornrow
2013
Todman Stakes
1st Criterion 1 minute 10.7 seconds
2nd Fast ‘N’ Rocking
3rd Havana
2012
Todman Stakes
1st Pierro 1 minute 12.1 seconds
2nd Epaulette
3rd Shelford
2011
Todman Stakes
1st Smart Missile 1 minute 09.9 seconds
2nd Sepoy
3rd Foxwedge
2010
Todman Stakes
1st Masquerader 1 minute 11.47 seconds
2nd Decision Time
3rd Carved In Stone
2009
Todman Stakes
1st Real Saga 1 minute 11.52 seconds
2nd Phelan Ready
3rd Purdey
2008
Todman Stakes
1st Krupt 1 minute 10.57 seconds
2nd Related
3rd Typhoon Fury
2007
Todman Stakes
1st Meurice 1 minute 11.08 seconds
2nd Zizou
3rd Shaft
2006
Todman Stakes
1st Diego Garcia 1 minute 11.56 seconds
2nd Just Mambo
3rd My Middi
2005
Todman Stakes
1st Written Tycoon 1 minute 11.98 seconds
2nd Domesday
3rd Flying Pegasus
2004
Todman Slipper Trial
1st Charge Forward 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Dane Shadow
3rd Samboy
2003
Todman Slipper Trial
1st Exceed And Excel 1 minute 10.57 seconds
2nd Untouchable
3rd Niello
2002
Todman Slipper Trial
1st Snowland 1 minute 10.68 seconds
2nd Yell
3rd Takas
2001
Todman Slipper Trial
1st Royal Courtship 1 minute 9.88 seconds
2nd Viscount
3rd Mistegic
2000
Todman Slipper Trial
1st Great Crusader 1 minute 9.96 seconds
2nd Lord Dane
3rd Phoenix Park

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