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.”