Golden Slipper

Golden Slipper

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, March 27, 2021
Location: Rosehill Gardens, Sydney
Prize Money: $3,500,000

The Golden Slipper is the premier horse race for two-year-olds in the world, and arguably New South Wales’ most recognisable feature.

Held in Sydney at the picturesque Rosehill Gardens, the 1200m dash at set weights is the crown jewel in the Golden Slipper Carnival held every autumn.

The race was first run in 1957 and won by Todman, who was out of Star Kingdom. That bloodline was a magnificent formula for success in the race, with the next four Golden Slipper winners coming via the same sire.

The Slipper has been a launching pad for some of the industry’s biggest household names. Legendary jockey Darren Beadman said it best when asked what makes this such a special event.

“My reply was: ‘Have you got a crystal ball?’ To me, this is what makes the race so great because there is so much mystery about it,” he said.

“The two-year-olds come and go, they are here today and gone tomorrow, and it is tough just to qualify for a start. It is a race that keeps you on your toes, keeps you guessing all season.”

The prize money is enormous, now sitting at $3.5 million, but it is the mystique and the allure of racing immortality that will keep the best in the world coming back year after year to compete for the Golden Slipper.

In recent times most winners of the Golden Slipper are usually retired in their three-year-old campaign, as most of their worth will be made off the track and in the breeding barn.

Best Golden Slipper bookmakers & betting sites

The Golden Slipper is one of the premier races on the Australian Group 1 racing calendar and racing bookmakers treat it with great prestige. Often Australian betting sites will run promotions surrounding races on the Golden Slipper card and will always have extensive futures betting available.

The best Australian Golden Slipper bookmakers allow you to download mobile apps that give you instant access to markets on the race. These betting apps, after you have signed up, give you the full features of the desktop bookmaker site.

There are many options for those looking to bet on the Golden Slipper. Tap the links below to learn more about our featured Golden Slipper betting sites.

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2021 Golden Slipper betting odds

The Mick Price-trained Profiteer is a joint favourite for the 2021 Golden Slipper.

On the back of a dominant display in the Inglis Milennium and then a runner-up performance in the Todman Stakes, Profiteer is the favourite for the 2021 Golden Slipper with odds of $4.50 available.

Coming off an unlucky run in the Todman, Stay Inside will be looking to build on an impressive start to his career – and who is to doubt the training capabilities of Richard & Michael Freedman heading into the Golden Slipper? The Extreme Choice colt is well found in the market and is now a joint-favourite with Profiteer in all-in markets.

Despite not holding a monination for the Golden Slipper, Artorius is on third line of the market with odds of $7 on offer for this year’s Blue Diamond Stakes winner.

The 2021 Todman Stakes winner, Anamoe, is currently an $9 chance in the Golden Slipper betting.

Most successful trainers at the Golden Slipper

Gai Waterhouse
Gai Waterhouse has dominated the Golden Slipper in recent times. (Photo:

When looking through the trainers who have saluted in the Golden Slipper, you begin to understand just how important this race is.

There is no surprise to see the Queen of the Turf, Gai Waterhouse, atop the Golden Slipper honour roll with seven wins to her name. The legendary Tommy Smith, and Gai’s father, in next in line six wins. Waterhouse equalled her dad’s record in 2015 when she trained Vancouver to victory, and then she stood alone at the top of the pile when Farnan won in 2020.

The great Bart Cummings trained four Slipper winners between 1966 and 1979, with a fifth proving elusive for the Cups King. Other trainers to have won the race four times include modern-day great Lee Freedman and Clarry Conners.

Only seven trainers in history have won more than one Golden Slipper, with 29 separate trainers notching up just one win in the world’s richest two-year-old race.

Multiple training wins in the Golden Slipper

Seven wins
Gai Waterhouse 2001, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2020
Six wins
Tommy Smith 1971. 1972, 1974, 1975, 1986, 1987
Four wins
Clarry Conners 1991, 1992, 1998, 2000
Bart Cummings 1966, 1973, 1976, 1979
John Hawkes 1997, 2007, 2014, 2018
Two wins
Jack Green 1958, 1960
Harry Plant 1959, 1961
Peter & Paul Snowden 2011, 2016

Most successful jockeys to take part in the Golden Slipper

Tommy Berry
Tommy Berry has two Golden Slipper titles to his name. (Fiona Hamilton/Racing Photos)

Just like the list of trainers who have saluted in the Golden Slipper reads like a list of hall-of-fame inductees, the jockeys who have mounted multiple winners in the big race could serve as a best-of-the-best list for horse racing enthusiasts.

Ron Quinton and Shane Dye have notched up four wins each in the Slipper, while Mick Dittman, Kevin Langby and Athol Mulley have three wins each.

Tommy Berry, who won his second Slipper at the age of 24, looks set to be the next dominant jockey in the big race after steering Vancouver to an enormous against-the-odds win in the 2015 race.

Incredibly, the Golden Slipper is one of the few races that Damien Oliver has not dominated over his decorated career, with his solitary win coming in 2007 aboard Forensics.

Tips for betting on the Golden Slipper

For a race as lucrative as the Slipper, the form leading into it has failed to hold up as much as punters would have liked.

There is a certain amount of unpredictability associated with the youngsters, and many great horses have stumbled in their biggest test as a two-year-old.

In the period between 2005 and 2019, only two favourites were first past the post in the Slipper, and half of those 14 winners were beaten in their last start before the Slipper.

Those looking to place a bet on the Golden Slipper should look for horses that draw the inside barriers, as 13 of the last 30 winners have drawn gates one to five.

Sometimes in horse racing it is just as good to go with your gut and forget the form, and the Golden Slipper is a prime example of when favourite backing is better left to the mug punters.

Golden Slipper order of entry

Like most big name races in Australia, the Golden Slipper requires a qualifying factor.

There are seven ballot-exempt races heading into the Slipper, but outside of those races the nominated runners will gain access based on prize money accrued.

As it only leaves nine pots to be filled by the highest prize-money earners it is crucial to get as much prize money as you can to gain a start in the Golden Slipper. Click here to see the Golden Slipper order of entry.

The ballot-exempt races are:

  • Silver Slipper Stakes
  • Sweet Embrace Stakes
  • Skyline Stakes
  • Reisling Stakes
  • Todman Stakes
  • Magic Night Stakes
  • Pago Pago Stakes

2020 Golden Slipper result

1stFarnan ($4.80)
2ndAway Game ($3.00)
3rdMamaragan ($4.90)

Golden Slipper – Recent runnings


Waterhouse & Bott
Hugh Bowman
  • Coming into the Golden Slipper in 2020, Farnan was widely spruiked as a star of the future and a win in the Slipper would only further stamp those claims. On the back of a perfectly rated ride from Hugh Bowman out in front, Farnan gave his rivals a galloping lesson in taking out the Golden Slipper. Bowman got the Waterhouse & Bott-trained colt to the front of the field from the wide barrier and he never looked in doubt from that point on. The win handed Waterhouse a record seventh victory in the race.
2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
2019 Golden Slipper Winner 2018 Golden Slipper Winner Golden Slipper Winner She Will Reign 2016 Golden Slipper Winner 2015 Golden Slipper Winner
Kiamichi Estijaab She Will Reign Capitalist Vancouver
Kiamichi silks

Estijaab silks

She Will Reign 2017 Golden Slipper Winner Capitalist 2016 Golden Slipper Winner Vancouver 2015 Golden Slipper Winner
Godolphin Hawkes Racing Gary Portelli P & P Snowden Gai Waterhouse
Damian Lane Brenton Avdulla Ben Melham Blake Shinn Tommy Berry
  • There were a number of Godolphin runners taking part in the 2019 Golden Slipper – six to be precise – and spectacularly the longest priced runner of them all took out the feature. Damien Lane hunted forward on the two-year-old filly and she ran them into the ground from the front, booting clear at the 300m mark to deliver what proved to be an unassailable lead.
  • The big concern with Estijaab heading into the 2019 race was the wide barrier, but after flying out of the gates early backers would have felt a little more at ease. Not expending too much energy finding the front meant Brenton Avdulla had the horse underneath him to hold out the fast-finishing Oohood, kicking the horse home to win by half a length.
  • Despite drifting throughout the latter stages of the 2017 Golden Slipper market, two-year-old filly She Will Reign relished the wet conditions to score a convincing win. The Gary Portelli-trained filly came along the inside of Houtzen, which set a fast tempo up front, before hitting the front and kicking away over Frolic, which defeated She Will Reign in the Reisling Stakes prior. Read full report.
  • Capitalist had been the boom two-year-old, before a so so performance in the Group 2 Todman Stakes saw the colt lose favouritism for the Golden Slipper. But when the slipper rolled around the Chestnut, trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, made it four wins from five starts. Read a full report here.
  • Vancouver has had a short but highly distinguished career on the track, including victory in the Golden Slipper with Tommy Berry onboard. He was then bought by leading Irish operation Coolmore as a stud prospect, following in the footsteps of 2012 winner Pierro (also trained by Waterhouse). Vancouver defeated stable-mate English with Lake Geneva, a close third. Vancouver is now trained by leading Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien.
2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
2014 Golden Slipper Winner 2013 Golden Slipper Winner 2012 Golden Slipper Winner 2011 Golden Slipper Winner 2010 Golden Slipper Winner
Mossfun Overreach Pierro Sepoy Crystal Lily
Mossfun 2014 Golden Slipper Winner Overreach 2013 Golden Slipper Winner Pierro 2012 Golden Slipper Winner Sepoy 2011 Golden Slipper Winner Crystal Lily 2010 Golden Slipper Winner
Gai Waterhouse Gai Waterhouse Peter Snowden Ellerton/Zahra B & J McLachlin
Tommy Berry Nash Rawiller Kerrin McEvoy Brett Prebble Brad Rawiller
  • Mossfun, guided by champion New Zealand jockey James McDonald, overcame a shocking start to win the 2014 edition of the Slipper. After struggling out of the gates, Mossfun was at the back of the field and in trouble. McDonald went to the rail and when the field fanned at the straight found clear running and was urged home by a young McDonald. Mossfun was trained by Michael and John Hawkes, the latter’s third victory in the great race.
  • Overreach was the heavy favourite with punters and bookies alike in the lead up to the 2013 Golden Slipper and the Gai Waterhouse-trained filly delivered in style. After giving the Overreach the perfect run on the rails just behind the leaders, Berry brought her off the fence to the middle of the track in the straight and she did the rest, grinding it out to the line to win on the wet track.
  • Quality colt and future stallion Pierro gave champion trainer Gai Waterhouse her fourth Golden Slipper success in 2012. Waterhouse showed her usual confidence with Pierro after it won the Breeders Plate earlier in the season, but that confidence was justified as it remained unbeaten from his first four starts. Pierro didn’t have many friends in the market after easing from $5.50 to $6.50 before the jump.
  • Sepoy suffered a defeat prior to running in the Golden Slipper, which prompted bookmakers to ease it in the betting, but the quality two-year-old was too good for them. Jockey Kerrin McEvoy took the colt to the front and was never headed in the run to the line.
  • Crystal Lily was a late entry into the Golden Slipper after its owner paid $150,000 to get her into the race. Always one to show erratic behaviour on the track, Crystal Lily veered out in the run to the line and jockey Brett Prebble couldn’t get a hold of the filly, but she was simply too quick for them.
  • Phelan Ready in 2009 completed one of the most eye-catching Slipper wins in recent times. Settling at the back of the field the horse looked out paced entering the straight but as horses drifted wide the run emerged off the rails and the horse obliged, powering to the line to record a two length victory.

Previous winners of the Golden Slipper

Golden Slipper Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2020 Farnan Hugh Bowman Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
2019 Kiamichi Damian Lane James Cummings
2018 Estijaab Brenton Avdulla Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
2017 She Will Reign Ben Melham Gary Portelli
2016 Capitalist Blake Shinn Peter & Paul Snowden
2015 Vancouver Tommy Berry Gai Waterhouse
2014 Mossfun James McDonald Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
2013 Overreach Tommy Berry Gai Waterhouse
2012 Pierro Nash Rawiller Gai Waterhouse
2011 Sepoy Kerrin McEvoy Peter & Paul Snowden
2010 Crystal Lily Brett Prebble Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
2009 Phelan Ready Brad Rawiller Bruce & Jason McLachlan
2008 Sebring Glen Boss Gai Waterhouse
2007 Forensics Damien Oliver John Hawkes
2006 Miss Finland Craig Williams David Hayes
2005 Stratum Lenny Beasley Paul Perry
2004 Dance Hero Chris Munce Gai Waterhouse
2003 Polar Success Darren Beasley Graeme Rogerson
2002 Calaway Girl Scott Seamer Bruce Brown
2001 Ha Ha Jim Cassidy Gai Waterhouse
2000 Belle Du Jour Lenny Beasley Clarry Conners

Golden Slipper Past Winners Pre 2000

Golden Slipper Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Catbird
1998 Prowl
1997 Guineas
1996 Merlene
1995 Flying Spur
1994 Danzero
1993 Bint Marscay
1992 Burst
1991 Tierce
1990 Canny Lad
1989 Courtza
1988 Star Watch
1987 Marauding
1986 Bounding Away
1985 Rory’s Jester
1984 Inspired
1983 Sir Dapper
1982 Marscay
1981 Full On Aces
1980 Dark Eclipse
1979 Century Miss
1978 Manikato
1977 Luskin Star
1976 Vivarchi
1975 Toy Show
1974 Hartshill
1973 Tontonan
1972 John’s Hope
1971 Fairy Walk
1970 Baguette
1969 Vain
1968 Royal Parma
1967 Sweet Embrace
1966 Storm Queen
1965 Reisling
1964 Eskimo Prince
1963 Pago Pago
1962 Birthday Card
1961 Magic Night
1960 Sky High
1959 Fine And Dandy
1958 Skyline
1957 Todman
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