The 2017 Golden Slipper Form Guide is essential reading for racing fans ahead of the world’s richest race for two-year-olds at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday afternoon.
An open and capacity field of sixteen plus emergencies has been confirmed to line up for the 2017 Golden Slipper and we have analysed every runner in detail, in order for you to find the 2017 Golden Slipper winner.
Magic Millions winner Houtzen will take her place in the Golden Slipper field second-up and faces her biggest career test to date in a field that also includes the likes of Blue Diamond winner Catchy, exciting filly She Will Reign and Pariah.
Pariah has posted a number of impressive results through his short racing career so far and is arguably the leading contender of the colts & geldings in the 2017 Golden Slipper field. Debuting for a smart win in the Group 3 Canonbury Stakes (1100m), the Redoute’s Choice colt has finished second in each of the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G (1100m) and Group 1 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) most recently. Drawn ideally in barrier 4, Pariah will be partnered by 2016 Golden Slipper winner Blake Shinn.
One of two for Godolphin in the Golden Slipper field, Veranillo is yet to finish outside the first three through four career starts and will be partnered by in-form hoop Brenton Avdulla. Winner of his first two starts including the Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m), the Medaglia D’Oro colt ran second behind She Will Reign in the Group 2 Silver Slipper (1100m) and third in the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) last time out.
Trapeze Artist won the talent-packed Group 3 Black Opal Stakes (1200m) in Canberra a fortnight ago and is not without a chance in the world’s richest two-year-old race, at healthy Golden Slipper odds. The Snitzel colt has form around some of the Golden Slipper’s leading contenders and ran a close fourth in the Chris Toogood Handicap (1200m) at Randwick, a fortnight prior to his last-start win.
Single Bullet carries winning black type form into the Golden Slipper and could receive the run of the race from barrier 3, with Tye Angland aboard. Single Bullet made a credible transition to classy company when he finished third in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) and his gutsy performance to win the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) last weekend suggests that he can be right in the finish of this race.
Diamond Tathagata is the first Golden Slipper runner for trainer Mark Newnham, but is only an outside chance of saluting. The Hinchinbrook colt stamped himself as one to watch when he debuted for second behind She Will Reign in the Inglis Nursery in December and returned to the races to win the Skyline Stakes most recently.
Trekking is the second Godolphin horse confirmed in the Golden Slipper field and perhaps a better chance of winning than his stable mate, if lead Godolphin rider William Buick’s decision to partner the colt is anything to go by. The son of Street Cry worked to the line well to finish second in the Black Opal Stakes, but he would have to improve drastically off that effort to go one better in the Golden Slipper.
Invader has flown somewhat under the radar and is not without a chance of a peak career performance to date when he takes his position in the Golden Slipper field. Fifth in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) in January, the Snitzel colt posted his first race win in the Chris Toogood Handicap before running a close second in the Todman Stakes last start. He has been charged with overcoming a wide draw, but Invader has the notable advantage of Hugh Bowman in the saddle on Saturday.
Plenty of hype surrounded Menari’s return in the Todman Stakes a fortnight ago, but the colt failed to handle the heavy going at Randwick and finished fifth. Menari performed well for second in the Canonbury Stakes in his start prior, but there is probably too much depth in this field for him to win the Golden Slipper and the conditions will not be a lot better at Rosehill on Saturday.
The only Group 1 winner in the Golden Slipper field, Catchy stormed home to win the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes last time out and is positioned well in barrier 8, with regular rider Craig Williams in the saddle to repeat the effort this weekend. Winning a pair of Victorian minor races over 1000m and 1100m respectively upon debuting, the Fastnet Rock filly won the Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude F (1100m) in her only other start prior to the Blue Diamond. She represents terrific value at her current Golden Slipper odds and is a live chance in the feature race.
Formality finished off the Blue Diamond Stakes well to finish third and she has reportedly relished her time between races. Having won each of her two starts prior to the Blue Diamond, including the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (1000m), the daughter of Fastnet Rock will be partnered by Ryan Moore is drawn well in barrier 2 and is arguably over the odds at her current quote.
Tulip has been a strong and consistent performer through her short but impressive career to date and a real chance of winning the Golden Slipper 2017. Resuming this year for second in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Preview F (1000m), the Pierro filly finished fourth in the Blue Diamond Stakes before storming home to win the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill last weekend.
She Will Reign
She Will Reign has been one of the standout two-year-olds of the current crop and should be right in the finish of the Golden Slipper, regardless of her wide draw. Winning each of her first two starts, including the Inglis Nursery with complete ease, the Manhattan Rain filly missed the start in the Silver Slipper first-up, but still managed to win the race with complete ease. She was arguably on the wrong part of the track when she finished second in the Reisling Stakes last time out and should prove tough to beat on Saturday.
Frolic delivered She Will Reign her first career defeat in the Reisling Stakes a fortnight ago, but she’ll require a similarly-brilliant ride from jockey Tommy Berry if she is any chance of repeating the effort in the Golden Slipper. In considering that, Frolic’s results suggest that she is not without a chance and she comfortably won the Inglis Classic (1200m) three weeks prior to the Reisling Stakes.
A stable mate to Frolic, Teaspoon is something of a forgotten entry in the Golden Slipper field and has the class to pull off a big upset in the feature race. A smart winner of a Canterbury minor on debut in November, the Snitzel filly resumed this time to win the Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m) before running third in the Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) on February 25th.
Queensland raider Houtzen has undoubtedly produced the best performances of anything in the 2017 Golden Slipper field so far and she will prove extremely hard to beat on Saturday. Taking out a pair of Queensland minor sprints with complete ease upon debuting in December, the I Am Invincible filly led from start to finish to win the Magic Millions 2YO Classic at only her third career start. Having resumed for a record-breaking four length win in the Winning Edge Presentations Handicap (1000m) with 63kgs in tow two weeks ago, Houtzen will be partnered by Jeff Lloyd in the Golden Slipper.
Madeenaty is yet to finish outside the first three through her five career starts and is a credible chance of finishing in the top five this weekend. Winner of the Listed Maribyrnong Trial (1000m) on debut in October, Madeenaty ran third in the Group 3 Ottawa Stakes (1000m) and won the Wyong Magic Millions 2YO (1100m), before running a handy third in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic. Having run second in the Listed Football Stakes (1000m) on March 4th, Madeenaty will be partnered by in-form hoop Regan Bayliss and is drawn well.
Chauffeur is the first emergency is the Golden Slipper field and is not without a chance, should be gain a start. The Snitzel colt has shown plenty of ability through his short career so far; most notably finishing third in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, but clearly required a run when fifth in the Black Opal Stakes after returned from a freshen-up. He’d need to carry plenty of improvement into the Golden Slipper to win.
Showtime has been consistent, without setting the racing world on fire and would probably face too great a task if he gains a start. Last seen finishing fourth in the Todman Stakes, albeit close to four lengths off the winner, Showtime is drawn well in an inside barrier.
The Mission is the only potential Golden Slipper runner currently available at triple-figure odds and even if he finds his way into the field, will face too great a task to win the race.