2022 Golden Slipper preview & best bets | Saturday, March 19

What Golden Slipper
Where Rosehill Gardens Racecourse – James Ruse Dr, Rosehill NSW 2142
When Saturday, March 19, 2022
Prizemoney $5,000,000
Distance 1200m
Status Group 1
Conditions Two-Year-Olds | Set Weights
2021 Winner Stay Inside (3) | Trainer: Richard & Michael Freedman | Jockey: Tommy Berry (56.6kg)

The world’s richest race for two-year-old horses, the Golden Slipper Stakes, will be run and won at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday, with a massive $5,000,000 on offer. A capacity field of 16 runners plus four emergencies has been assembled for the 1200m event, headlined by unbeaten filly Coolangatta ($4.50).

Sejardan ($6.50) comes into the race as the second favourite after winning the Todman Stakes in fine fashion two weeks ago, while Best Of Bordeaux ($8.50) and She’s Extreme ($9) round out the quartet in single figures. Russian Conquest ($11), Fireburn ($11) and Jacquinot ($14) are the next group of fancied runners with Sportsbet.com.au.

As is often the case with the Golden Slipper, there will be plenty of pace on early. Gallopers like Rise Of The Masses ($61), Best Of Bordeaux, Queen Of The Ball ($16) and Seven Veils ($31) will all make their presence known early, while Coolangatta shouldn’t be too far away in the run.

Continue reading for HorseBetting’s free in depth runner-by-runner preview of the Golden Slipper, as well as a $100 betting strategy.

Daumier silks


T: Anthony & Sam Freedman
J: Mark Zahra

1. DAUMIER (8)

2yo C | T: Anthony & Sam Freedman | J: Mark Zahra (56.5kg)

Daumier is having his first run since taking out the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 26. The son of Epaulette has had three starts for two wins and is trained by ultimate two-year-old trainers in Anthony & Sam Freedman. He should get a terrific run in transit from barrier eight just behind the speed, and Mark Zahra knows the horse well having ridden him in the his past two runs. This colt is fit, in-form and he will run an honest race.

Sejardan silks


T: Gary Portelli
J: Jason Collett

2yo C | T: Gary Portelli | J: Jason Collett (56.5kg)

Outside of Coolangatta, Sejardan has been the best two-year-old in the land so far this season, winning three of his four starts, with his only defeat coming in the Inglis Millennium when he was caught off the track. The colt is by 2008 Golden Slipper winner Sebring and just like his sire, he won the Breeders’ Plate. Sejardan was brilliant when winning the Todman Stakes on March 5 on a Heavy 10 track, so if the track stays wet we know he will handle it. Jason Collett has not let another jockey hop on this colt in all four of his runs or in any of his trials, so that is a massive push that he sticks with him, while barrier seven is the perfect gate for this galloper. He’s the one they have to beat.

Best Of Bordeaux silks

Best Of Bordeaux

T: Kacy Fogden
J: Sam Clipperton


2yo C | T: Kacy Fogden | J: Sam Clipperton (56.5kg)

Best Of Bordeaux is of only three horses in this race that is unbeaten, winning both the Group 3 Canonbury Stakes and Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes. The colt by Snitzel knows one way and one way only, and that is to lead at all costs, so we know where he will be in the run. Kacy Fogden has been training plenty of winners lately, so the horse is in the right stable, and given his unbeaten record, Fogden has been able to set him for this race since day one. He will have some work to do early from barrier 10 if he is to lead this Slipper field, but if he gets there easily enough, they will have their work cut out running him down.

Shalatin silks


T: Joseph Pride
J: Nash Rawiller


2yo C | T: Joseph Pride | J: Nash Rawiller (56.5kg)

Shalatin is the sole maiden of this field, but having run second in the Golden Gift at just his second start, the son of Shalaa was guaranteed a start. Trained by Joseph Pride, this colt has had four starts to date, running in the minor money on just two occasions, including a last-start third in the Todman behind Sejardan. He will get back in the run and will be finishing the race off well, but we would have liked to see him win a race before we go backing him in a Golden Slipper.

Jacquinot silks


T: Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr
J: Hugh Bowman


2yo C | T: Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr | J: Hugh Bowman (56.6kg)

Jacquinot comes into the Golden Slipper after running third in the Blue Diamond behind Daumier and Revolutionary Miss in what was a very brave performance. The colt by Rubick won stylishly on debut at Caulfield before having no luck in the Blue Diamond Prelude (CG) and then hitting the line strongly over the 1200m of the Blue Diamond. His get back racing style doesn’t aid his chances in the Slipper, so fans of the horse will be hoping that Hugh Bowman can settle him closer from gate 11. It is his first way going the Sydney way as well, so that brings a lot of two-year-olds undone in high pressure races like this.

Sebonack silks


T: Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
J: William Pike

6. SEBONACK (15)

2yo C | T: Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes | J: William Pike (56.5kg)

Sebonack has oozes of potential, but gee barrier 15 makes it hard. The son of Capitalist won stylishly on debut in the Chairman’s Stakes at Caulfield which subsequently saw him start a $6.50 chance in the Blue Diamond Stakes, but he could only manage fourth. If Pike can wave his magic wand and land the colt in a decent spot from the wide alley, he will be sure to make his presence known in the final furlong, but it is a big if given we haven’t seen too much early speed from him in either of his races yet.

Rise Of The Masses silks

Rise Of The Masses

T: Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
J: Tim Clark


2yo C | T: Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott | J: Tim Clark (56.5kg)

If you have followed us here at HorseBetting for a while, you will know we are big fans of Rise Of The Masses. The colt by Russian Revolution booked his spot in this race on Saturday with an all-the-way win in the Pago Pago Stakes at this track and distance. Waterhouse & Bott are looking to win their second Golden Slipper together, while Gai has seven Slippers to her name, so this colt is in the right hands. Barrier 20 is awful, but he will roll forward from the outside alley anyway and he should have enough gate speed to cross and be outside Best Of Bordeaux. Tim Clark is arguably the best front-running rider in the country, so that is a big advantage, while the wet track will not worry this two-time heavy track winner. We believe he is over the odds at $61.

Coolangatta silks


T: Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
J: James McDonald


2yo F | T: Ciaron Maher & David Eustace | J: James McDonald (54.5kg)

The first of the fillies is the $4.50 race favourite, Coolangatta. The Maher & Eustace-trained daughter of Written Tycoon is unbeaten in three starts, with her most recent win being a tough win in the Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic on January 15. It would be some effort if Coolangatta can win the Golden Slipper after a two-month break, but we cannot doubt this stable as they have done similar things with Hitotsu recently. McDonald will have her in a handy spot from barrier 14 and she will be extremely hard to beat, but the wet track could be her undoing.

Revolutionary Miss silks

Revolutionary Miss

T: Peter & Paul Snowden
J: Kerrin McEvoy


2yo F | T: Peter & Paul Snowden | J: Kerrin McEvoy (54.5kg)

Revolutionary Miss has been the perenial bridesmaid in her career, having finished second in three of her four starts, winning just the once. Having hit the line strongly on debut on New Year’s Day behind Fireburn, this daughter of Russian Revolution has gone from strength-to-strength, placing second in the Widden Stakes, winning the Blue Diamond Prelude (F) and then finishing a narrow second in the Blue Diamond at Group 1 level. The Snowden stable know how to set one for this race and she has the right jockey on board in Kerrin McEvoy. The wet track is a big query though.

Russian Conquest silks

Russian Conquest

T: Peter & Paul Snowden
J: Tommy Berry


2yo F | T: Peter & Paul Snowden | J: Tommy Berry (54.5kg)

Tommy Berry is looking to win back-to-back Golden Slippers after saluting on Stay Inside in 2021 and he is on a live chance this year too. Russian Conquest served it up to Coolangatta in the Magic Millions in what was her first defeat, before flunking as an even money favourite in the Reisling Stakes at Randwick on March 5. We are happy to forgive her for that disappointing run, however it could have been due to the heavy track which she is going to face again on Saturday. Barrier 16 makes it difficult, but she is in the right hands to bounce back in her grand final.

Queen Of The Ball silks

Queen Of The Ball

T: Richard & Michael Freedman
J: Rachel King


2yo F | T: Richard & Michael Freedman | J: Rachel King (54.5kg)

Richard & Michael Freedman will be hoping that they can go back-to-back as they saddle up Queen Of The Ball in this year’s race. The filly by I Am Invincible bolted in by nearly four lengths at this track back on January 29 defeating Revolutionary Miss before being beaten by the boys in the Silver Slipper as favourite a fortnight later. The Freedman camp opted to run in Sunday’s Group 3 Black Opal Stakes at Canberra, which proved to be a winning move as she led all of the way to win by over a length. She has drawn well, and she will be in it for a long way with her go-forward pattern.

Fireburn silks


T: Gary Portelli
J: Brenton Avdulla

12. FIREBURN (2)

2yo F | T: Gary Portelli | J: Brenton Avdulla (54.5kg)

Fireburn comes into the Golden Slipper on the back of three straight successes after suffering her only loss on debut on December 8. The daughter of Rebel Dane proved she wasn’t just a dry track bully, winning impressively in the Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes on a Heavy 10 surface on February 26, defeating subsequent winner She’s Extreme. Jason Collett has opted to stick with this fillies‘ stablemate Sejardan, so that is worth noting, however Brenton Avdulla goes on which is far from a downgrade. She will get every chance from barrier two and she comes into this off strong winning form.

Ojai silks


T: James Cummings
J: Chad Schofield

13. OJAI (12)

2yo F | T: James Cummings | J: Chad Schofield (54.5kg)

James Cummings will saddle up just one runner in this year’s Golden Slipper, Ojai. The daughter of Exceed And Excel won the Kirkham on debut, defeating Queen Of The Ball, before running a game third in the Golden Gift behind Sejardan. Since then, the Cummings-trained filly has been consistent, finishing in the first half of the field without really threatening. She loomed like the winner in the Reisling but couldn’t go on with the job, so we have to take a set against her in this.  

Seven Veils silks

Seven Veils

T: Mark Newnham
J: Joshua Parr

14. SEVEN VEILS (19)

2yo F | T: Mark Newnham | J: Joshua Parr (54.5kg)

Seven Veils has only had two starts – running second on debut on the Kensington track, before leading all of the way to win the Reisling Stakes on March 5 at Randwick on a Heavy 10. Having drawn wide in barrier 19, she will likely cross the field alongside Rise Of The Masses and look to be put into the race early under Josh Parr, but we just question the form around Conqueror and Dashing Legend.

Lady Laguna silks

Lady Laguna

T: Annabel Neasham
J: Linda Meech

15. LADY LAGUNA (13)

2yo F | T: Annabel Neasham | J: Linda Meech (54.5kg)

Annabel Neasham and Linda Meech combine with two-year-old filly Lady Laguna, a winner of two of her four career starts. After kicking off her career with two wins from two outings, Lady Laguna has somewhat disappointed, finishing in the minor money as a beaten favourite in her next two starts. She has drawn awkwardly in barrier 13 for Meech, so she will have to jump smartly if she is to be competitive based off her last two runs. Not for us.

She's Extreme silks

She’s Extreme

T: Anthony Cummings
J: Brett Prebble


2yo F | T: Anthony Cummings | J: Brett Prebble (54.5kg)

She’s Extreme was terrific in breaking her maiden status last weekend in the Magic Night Stakes over this track and distance on a Heavy 9 track. The filly by Extreme Choice was luckless on debut behind Conqueror and Seven Veils, before making up a bucketload of ground behind Fireburn in the Sweet Embrace, putting a good margin on Lady Laguna back in third. She proved that she is a serious filly when she won by a length and a half on Saturday in the Group 3 event, so she must be considered in this. Brett Prebble goes into the saddle and he will be able to give her every chance from barrier six to record back-to-back wins. She is a serious player.


Sweet Ride silks

Sweet Ride

T: Annabel Neasham
J: Jean Van Overmeire


2yo C | T: Annabel Neasham | J: Jean Van Overmeire (56.5kg)

Sweet Ride has been good in his four career starts, winning stylishly on debut on January 15 at this track over 1100m, before running fifth in the Inglis Millennium and then bouncing back with a dominant win in the Black Opal Preview at Canberra. We just have to question that form a bit.

Millane silks


T: Peter Moody

18EM2. MILLANE (1)

2yo C | T: Peter Moody | J: TBA (56.5kg)

Millane won in good style on March 5 in his only start to date, proving too good in the Festival Stakes down the straight at Flemington. He would have to improve a fair bit from that win to be competitive in this.

Semmilion silks


T: Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes


2yo C | T: Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes | J: TBA (56.5kg)

Semillion proved himself to be a pretty nice colt with a stylish win on debut at The Valley in the Inglis Banner, but he has not really fired a shot since. He led the field in the Blue Diamond and held on for fifth, but he was never really going to threaten, so he would need to improve drastically.

Man In The Mirror silks

Man In The Mirror

T: Annabel Neasham


2yo C | T: Annabel Neasham | J: TBA (56.5kg)

Man In The Mirror went around on Saturday in the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes at Flemington over 1400m, and he gave every indication that he wanted further. He’s not really threatened at the top level just yet, but he will be a nice colt in time. Not here though.

2022 Golden Slipper Betting Tips


Golden Slipper $100 betting strategy
$50 win Sejardan ($7)
$25 win Coolangatta ($4.50)
$15 win She’s Extreme ($8.50)
$10 win Rise Of The Masses ($61)

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