The Group 1 Golden Slipper is the most popular and lucrative race for 2yo horses in the world with a total prize pool of $5M with a $1M bonus for horses who have won nominated lead up races. The race is a career-making race for Colts, who can assure themselves a high sale price with breeders with a win in the race.
The Golden Slipper is one of the most prestigious horse racing events in Australia, and punters eagerly await the release of the Golden Slipper betting odds each year to assess the potential value of their bets.
The 2023 Golden Slipper was run on Saturday 18th March and won by the beautifully bred colt SHINZO. SHINZO was perfectly ridden by English jockey Ryan Moore and gave champion trainer Chris Waller his first win in the race.
The History and Legacy of the Golden Slipper Race and its impact on the Contenders
Run over 1200m at Rosehill, the Golden Slipper dates back to 1957 when it was won by the legendary Todman. “Golden Slipper Day” is a highlight of the racing year in Sydney and is held in late March, a fortnight before the beginning of The Championships. It is Australia’s biggest day of Group 1 racing, which also includes the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes, Ranvet Stakes, The Galaxy and Rosehill Guineas.
A Closer Look at the Top Contenders for the Golden Slipper
The lead up to the 2023 Golden Slipper has been full of intrigue and hype as always. The Snowden-trained King’s Gambit was the long-time favourite after an outstanding debut run prior to Christmas but has been a touch disappointing since returning this preparation. Will he peak on Golden Slipper day?
The Godolphin racing operation has a number of 2yos that they enter into the key races. Their colt Cylinder is a strong type who looked to have plenty of improvement in him when he won the Silver Slipper.
Coolmore Stud have Shinzo in the race with master trainer Chris Waller looking for his first Slipper winner. Superstar English jockey Ryan Moore has made the trip down under to ride the colt which indicates that connections are confident of a forward showing.
Expect all three names above to feature in the finish in this year’s race.
Analysing the Form and Statistics of the Top Contenders
There are a number of crucial lead-up races for the Golden Slipper with trainers and connections looking to balance the need to qualify for the big race with an eye to keeping their horse fresh enough to peak on race day. These races provide terrific insights into a horse’s potential.
The Breeders Plate winners have an amazing record in the Slipper despite it being the first 2yo race of the metropolitan season. Other key lead-ups include the Blue Diamond, Magic Millions, Silver Slipper, Skyline Stakes, Sweet Embrace, Todman Stakes, Reisling Stakes, Pago Pago Stakes and the Magic Night.
Horses that do not run in any of the above leadup races struggle in the Slipper and can normally be ruled out as a serious contender.
Understanding the Different Types of Bets for the Golden Slipper
There are a variety of bet types available on the Golden Slipper.
A Win bet is the simplest option available when it comes to betting. Punters place a bet on a single horse to win and if it wins, you win! Odds vary depending on the bookmaker’s opinion of the horse’s chance of winning, known as the betting odds.
For less confident bettors, Place betting might be more suitable. Rather than placing a bet on a horse to win, it is a bet on a horse finishing in the top 3. The odds are lower but there are three chances to collect!
The third option available for bettors is Each-Way betting. This is a bet on a horse to both win or place. If your horse wins you collect on both types of bets with a smaller payout if the horse finished 2nd or 3rd
The Golden Slipper race card features five Group 1 races and is one of the most exciting days on the racing calendar. This presents a chance to place Multi Bets. Bettors choose horses to win in multiple races throughout the day, with the odds multiplying with every win. While more difficult to back multiple Golden Slipper winners, multi bets are an opportunity for a substantial collect for a small outlay.
There’s no doubt the Golden Slipper is one of the biggest racing days in Australia. The competitive nature of the racing and big fields presents great value for astute bettors
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