Estijaab wins $3.5m Group 1 Golden Slipper

Jockey Brenton Avdulla on Estijaab gestures to the crowd.
Estijaab has won the $3.5 million Golden Slipper in an all-fillies finish at Rosehill.

Estijaab has overcome a wide barrier to win the $3.5 million Golden Slipper at Rosehill.

Ridden by Brenton Avdulla, Estijaab led all the way to beat Oohood and Sunlight in an all-fillies finish to the world’s richest two-year-old race.

The victory gave trainer John Hawkes and his sons their second Slipper success as a training partnership after Mossfun’s win in 2014.

Estijaab cost $1.7 million as a yearling and went into the Slipper as an $9 chance after winning two of her three lead-up starts.

“Everybody went off her after the other day but as I said you’ve got have them peaking on the right day,” Hawkes said.

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“It’s no good having them win the Slipper two weeks before.”

Avdulla is celebrating his biggest win in the saddle after a ride that earned rare praise from Hawkes.

“It’s the first time that I’ve gone into the race thinking I’ve got a legitimate contender,” Avdulla said.

“Her gate speed was tremendous. I was able to get there, control and (she) got through the ground really well.

“It’s just an amazing feeling.”