259 juveniles remain in contention for the world’s richest race for two-year-olds, following the release of the 2017 Golden Slipper order of entry this afternoon.
The 2017 Golden Slipper field will see a capacity if sixteen two-year-olds take to the barrier at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on March 18th and it is the Michael Freedman-trained Teaspoon that currently occupies position one in the order of entry.
Teaspoon stamped herself as a filly to follow when she debuted to racing for a smart win in the TAB Plate (1100m) at Canterbury on November 5th, before making a successful transition to black type company with a smart win in the Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m) upon resuming on January 28th.
Magic Millions and Inglis prizemoney does not count towards Golden Slipper order of entry, however Magic Millions 2YO Classic champion Houtzen remains inline for automatic entry into the race in position ten.
The I Am Invincible filly won a pair of minors over 1050m and 1100m respectively in Queensland, before leading from start to finish to record her $1.2 million win at the Gold Coast on January 14th.
Reigning champion Capitalist delivered Peter & Paul Snowden their first win in the race as training partners, and the notable Sydney stable have included a total of twelve horses in the 2017 Golden Slipper order of entry, including Khan and Pariah.
Khan is yet to make an appearance at the races in 2017, but secured a comfortable win in the Listed Breeders’ Plate (1000m) at Randwick on debut in early October.
Pariah showed plenty of ability in a handful of barrier trials leading into his competitive debut and was able to frank that form when he won the Group 3 Canonbury Stakes (1100m) first-up on January 28th.
Plenty of hype has justifiably surrounded the Gary Portelli-trained She Will Reign through her short career so far, but the Manhattan Rain filly is currently tied in position 42 in the Golden Slipper order of entry as her biggest win; a four-length triumph in the Inglis Nursery (1000m) in mid-December, does not register prizemoney.
Team Hawkes have no tasted success in the race since saddling Mossfun to a memorable win over Earthquake in 2014, but the Sydney-based team have confirmed a total of twenty-four horses in 2017 Golden Slipper second acceptances.
Godolphin launched a four-pronged attack in the race last autumn and still have a total of twenty-two horses in the 2017 Golden Slipper order of entry, while Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott have confirmed nineteen.
Houtzen remains an outright $6 favourite in early 2017 Golden Slipper betting markets at Ladbrokes, ahead of She Will Reign ($8).