Golden Slipper Stakes
The Golden Slipper is the Sydney Turf Club’s major event, held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse each year. Run over a distance of 1200 metres on turf at set weights, the Golden Slipper Stakes is the richest race for two-year-olds in the world, with a prize of over $3 million. With such a short distance to be run, the Golden Slipper Stakes is terrifyingly fast and can be an excellent indicator of great up-and-coming young horses.
First run in 1957, the Golden Slipper Stakes is a relatively young event when compared to other mainstays of the Australian horse racing scene. The inaugural race was won by Todman, a legendary horse that would go on to be a very influential sire and even be inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2005. An example of this horse’s incredible ability is that he won the first Golden Slipper Stakes by eight lengths. There is actually a life-sized statue of Todman at Rosehill Gardens racecourse that is surrounded by plaques commemorating each winner of the Golden Slipper Stakes.
The 2009 Golden Slipper Stakes will be on 4 April. This is due to a new policy of holding the event on the first Saturday in April. Previously, the race was run on the Saturday before Good Friday. The Golden Slipper Carnival is a very exciting event with much of the pageantry of the larger races, but also a smaller crowd, which can make it more appropriate for planned functions.