The Golden Slipper

The 2023 Golden Slipper is coming up soon on the 18th of March 2023 and it will be a ripper of a day watching not only the Golden Slipper but other big thoroughbred events across Australia. The Golden Slipper is a Group 1 race for two-year-old thoroughbreds on the Australian racing calendar taking place during Sydney’s Autumn Racing Carnival. The 1200m slug promises to be one of the highlights of New South Wales’ racing season.

The 2023 Golden Slipper will offer its participants an opportunity to take home some of the lucrative $5 million AUD in prize money. This makes the 2023 Golden Slipper the single richest race in the world for two-year-olds! Who will try replicate Fireburn’s success last year in the 2022 Golden Slipper? Scroll down below for key insights and tips into the 2023 Golden Slipper in the ‘The Feature Race – The 2023 Golden Slipper’ section of this 2023 Golden Slipper preview.

For all of you new, or inexperienced racing fans, there are four majors on the Australian racing calendar. Three of these major races take place during Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival, these being: the Melbourne Cup, the Cox Plate, and the Caulfield Cup. That means that the shining beacon for New South Wales is the Golden Slipper! The combination of being the most lucrative two-year-old thoroughbred race in the world, and an Australian major horse race, makes the 2023 Golden Slipper one of the biggest races to watch and one of the best.

In this preview to Rosehill Racecourse’s greatest and biggest race, the 2023 Golden Slipper, we will look in-depth at the race itself, who I believe will be the ones to watch, who, where and how to bet on these runners, as well as all the critical information for the runners of the 2023 Golden Slipper. Further, this 2023 Golden Slipper preview takes a deep dive into the history of the Golden Slipper, and the history of the track that is home to the Golden Slipper, Rosehill Racecourse. 

At OnlyRacing, we also have a page dedicated to tips that come out every week for all the big tracks. Be sure to check out our OnlyRacing Tips page for more expert insights into all the big races, including the 2023 Golden Slipper at Rosehill Racecourse. 

It is always special when a race day like this rolls along, so be sure to tune into the 2023 Golden Slipper at Rosehill Racecourse on Saturday the 18th of March 2023. And be sure to check back in with our OnlyRacing Tips page closer to the race for one of our other experts’ opinions on the 2023 Golden Slipper and the entire card at Rosehill Racecourse.

The Feature Race – The 2023 Golden Slipper

The Agency Randwick Guineas – 1600m

Longines Golden Slipper – 1200m
Location: Rosehill Racecourse
Date: Saturday 18th March 2023
Time: 4:45pm (AEDT)
Prize Money: $5 million AUD

The 2023 Golden Slipper will boast the strongest line up of two-year-old thoroughbred racers in Australia, and likely the world. With a field like is usually present at the Golden Slipper, the race attracts the eyes of many spectators, even spreading outside of the usual racing enthusiasts. With that comes sponsorship and prize money for the Golden Slipper. The 2023 Golden Slipper boasts a simply eye-popping pool of prize money available to the runners’ connections of $5 million AUD. 

In this portion of our preview to the 2023 Golden Slipper, ‘The Feature Race – The 2023 Golden Slipper’, we denote the distributions of the prize money for the field of runners for the 2023 Golden Slipper. There is a wide range of payouts, from the mind-boggling $2,800,000 AUD offered to the winner of the 2023 Golden Slipper, to the automatic five figure prize for simply making into the field ($10,000 AUD for the last four finishers’. 

See below the range of prize packages and what each place will earn the contested field of the 2023 Golden Slipper. 

PlacingPrize Money
6th $120,000
11th – 12th$20,000
13th – 16th$10,000

So now that we have set the stage for what is on offer for the participants of the 2023 Golden Slipper at Rosehill Racecourse, we should take a look at the confirmed field that will take part in the Golden Slipper on Saturday the 18th of March 2023. In the table provided below, we include all the key pieces of information you will need in order to learn the field of the 2023 Golden Slipper.

In this table we incorporate the important race day information (the horse’s name, racing number and barrier), as well as the people who have helped get the contestants to the 2023 Golden Slipper at Rosehill Racecourse (the trainers and jockeys). In addition, the far right of the table includes the fixed win and place odds of all runners according to PlayUp. Read the below information before moving on to the tips in this ‘The Feature Race – The 2023 Golden Slipper’ part of the 2023 Golden Slipper preview so you are well-versed on the field.

Please Note: All odds are provided by PlayUp.

Race #Runner NameTrainer(s)JockeyRace BarrierWeightFixed Win Odds ($)Fixed Place Odds ($)
1Little BroseBen & JD HayesMichael Dee556.5kg11.003.50
2BarberJames CummingsNash Rawiller856.5kg18.005.00
3Arkansaw KidBen & JD HayesJye Mcneil1356.5kg34.007.50
4Don CorleonePeter & Paul SnowdenHugh Bowman656.5kg9.003.00
5CylinderJames CummingsJames Mcdonald356.5kg4.401.85
6Red ResistanceGai Waterhouse & Adrian BottBrett Prebble1756.5kg10.003.30
7ShinzoChris WallerRyan Moore156.5kg13.004.00
8King's GambitPeter & Paul SnowdenMark Zahra756.5kg9.503.10
9Empire Of JapanPeter & Paul SnowdenSam Clipperton256.5kg81.0017.00
10Learning To FlyAnnabel NeashamChad Schofield454.5kg6.002.25
11Platinum JubileeGai Waterhouse & Adrian BottTim Clark1154.5kg18.005.00
12Blanc De BlancMichael FreedmanDamian Lane1254.5kg26.006.00
13ExploringJames CummingsBrenton Avdulla954.5kg61.0013.00
14LazzagoChris WallerKerrin Mcevoy1054.5kg31.007.00
15Steel CityCiaron Maher & David EustaceRegan Bayliss1554.5kg16.004.80
16FacileGerald Ryan & Sterling AlexiouRyan Maloney1454.5kg41.008.50
17MilitarizeChris WallerUnknown1656.5kg91.0021.00

Hopefully you have digested some of the above information on the 2023 Golden Slipper, so you are aware of some of the details for the following tips. These tips for the 2023 Golden Slipper are of my own opinion, based on the information available to me from various sources. 

It must be noted that everyone has different opinions, especially in the horse racing community, so if you would like to see a contrasting opinion for the 2023 Golden Slipper, check-in with ourOnlyRacing Tips page for another look-in at who will win the most lucrative two-year-old thoroughbred horse race in the world! Enjoy my tips for the 2023 Golden Slipper and remember to bet with caution. 

Please Note: All odds are provided by PlayUp.

Best Bet2023 Golden Slipper
Learning To Fly
Win: $6.00
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Place: $2.25
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Next Best2023 Golden Slipper
Win: $4.40
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Place: $1.85
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Roughie Pick2023 Golden Slipper
Empire Of Japan
Win: $81.00
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Place: $17.00
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Learning To Fly  - BEST BET

In my preview to the 2023 Blue Diamond Stakes, I chose Learning To Fly as my roughie pick for the race. In that analysis I said ‘for the life of me I do not understand why Learning To Fly is over double the odds of the favourites’. Well, here we are at the 2023 Golden Slipper, and this beautiful filly comes in as second favourite to take home the title of champion of the 2023 Golden Slipper.

Learning To Fly is a two-year-old (of course) filly out of Eagle Farm Racecourse, trained by the incredible Annabel Neasham. Up to the 2023 Golden Slipper, Learning To Fly has won just shy of $1.5 million AUD in career prize money from just three total starts! How? Well, Learning To Fly won all three of those starts. 

Usually, I would be boring and pick the favourite because of how stacked the field is in the big Group 1 races on the Australian calendar, however I am such a fan of this horse, her trainer, and I believe Chad Schofield will do a wonderful job taking Learning To Fly to a resounding win in the 2023 Golden Slipper.

Cylinder  - NEXT BEST

The pre-race favourite for the 2023 Golden Slipper, Cylinder comes into the big race in fine form, having won his previous two starts in hotly contested fields to add to his growing reputation. Having only raced four times in his young two-year career, Cylinder has already amassed $370,000 AUD in prize money, mostly generated from his two previous wins that also happen to be his only career wins.

Sired by Exceed and Excel, and with a dam like Circular, Cylinder always promised to be an exceptional horse, but the training from James Cummings at Agnes Banks has truly transferred this racehorse into a contender, as evidence by his status as the favourite going into the 2023 Golden Slipper.

Whilst my money will be directed towards Learning To Fly, how can you not consider the pre-race favourite who is also vying to win their third race on the trot. It will be a scintillating show for racing fans around Australia, so do not miss out on the 2023 Golden Slipper at Rosehill Racecourse on Saturday the 18th of March 2023.

Empire Of Japan - ROUGHIE PICK

Why not have a bit of fun with it? After all, the Golden Slipper is THE most lucrative race for two-year-old runners worldwide! So, let’s get rich whilst the horses get rich. My roughie pick for the 2023 Golden Slipper is Empire Of Japan. Yes, the $81.00 fixed win odds, Randwick Racecourse based colt trained by Peter and Paul Snowden. 

With four career starts to his name, Empire Of Japan knows how to win! Granted his only win came in his first career start, and he has placed once (third at Randwick Racecourse on the 24th of December 2022). However, take this with a grain of salt as I have that gut feeling that we are going to have an $81.00 winner in the 2023 Golden Slipper!

Sam Clipperton will take the reins of Empire Of Japan in the 2023 Golden Slipper. He is an exceptional jockey who knows how to properly navigate a field of strong runners, which will be the case in this year’s Golden Slipper. All jokes aside, I do believe Empire Of Japan is an impressive horse that has a chance of finishing in the placings and winning a huge prize for his connections. 

Where to Bet on the 2023 Golden Slipper

Now that I have provided some insights into who might claim victory or come in the top 3 for the 2023 Golden Slipper, let us take a look at some of the available Australian bookmakers that you can place your money with for the 2023 Golden Slipper at Rosehill Racecourse.

It might seem quite daunting that there are over 60 Australian bookmakers that offer markets on the 2023 Golden Slipper, however we have a couple of methods to ease your stress going into the 2023 Golden Slipper:

  1. Find the market or markets of your preference for the 2023 Golden Slipper and compare the odds across as many Australian bookmakers as possible. Then, place your money with wherever you are getting the best price for your 2023 Golden Slipper selections.
  2. Conduct your own research into what each available bookmaker can offer you for the 2023 Golden Slipper. At OnlyRacing, we have a dedicated page to our Bookmaker Reviews that provides a full list of all Australian bookmakers and which ones offer markets on the big events in Australian racing such as the 2023 Golden Slipper. 

Below are five pros and cons lists that are available on our Bookmaker Reviews page, which include PlayUp, Midasbet, Unibet, Winnersbet, and PalmerBet.Hopefully these resources can help you on the day of the 2023 Golden Slipper at Rosehill Racecourse.

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How to Bet on the 2023 Golden Slipper

Whilst it is fully down to individual preference how you bet on the 2023 Golden Slipper, below is a short guide to some of the most popular markets available across most bookmakers for the 2023 Golden Slipper at Rosehill Racecourse:

  • Fixed Bets – these bets include the typical fixed win and place bets that locks in the odds of your selected market at the time of you placing the bet. As an example, if you wanted to join me in betting on Learning To Fly to win the 2023 Golden Slipper and placed at $8.00 fixed win odds three days prior to the race, even if Learning To Fly’s odds in the 2023 Golden Slipper drops to $5.00 before the race, you will still enjoy the $8.00 if Learning To Fly wins the 2023 Golden Slipper.
  • Exotic Bets – these types of markets include such names you might be familiar with as quinellas, trifectas, exactas, and first fours. What makes these markets special is that if you like Learning To Fly and Empire Of Japan heading into the 2023 Golden Slipper, you can combine them into a single dividend for the race, where the money adds to a pool of other people betting on that same market for the 2023 Golden Slipper.

Hopefully this assists you in your punting decisions for the 2023 Golden Slipper at Rosehill Racecourse, be sure to tune into the race on Saturday the 18th of March 2023. Also, do not forget to check our OnlyRacing Tips page closer to the race for a fresh set of tips provided by another expert here at OnlyRacing.

Track History of Rosehill Racecourse – Home of the Golden Slipper

Rosehill Racecourse is the home of the 2023 Golden Slipper thoroughbred horse race for two-year-old runners. As one of the crown jewels of the New South Wales racing circuit, and a premier track across all of Australia, Rosehill Racecourse has an aura of prestige surrounding it. This is largely thanks to the rich and illustrious history of Rosehill Racecourse, dating all the way back to its inception by the Sydney Turf Club (STC) all the way back in 1885, almost 150 years ago!

Located in the West of Sydney, the Golden Slipper home also plays host to one of the other high profile races across the Australian racing calendar, the Golden Rose Stakes. Be sure to check back on our OnlyRacing Group 1 Races page closer to the date of the Golden Rose Stakes so you do not miss out on a full preview and a couple sets of tips from our experts. 

Usually in the ‘Track History of Rosehill Racecourse – Home of the Golden Slipper’ section, or similar, of these Group 1 Australian thoroughbred races, I will talk more about the Golden Slipper race and how it is intertwined with the history of Rosehill Racecourse. However, let’s talk about what sets Rosehill Racecourse apart from some of Australia’s other elite horse racing tracks.

To start with, the Rosehill Racecourse track has an uphill run! This occurs between the 300 metre and 200 metre marks and acts as a slight incline for the competitors to conquer. The left-handed designed loop around Rosehill Racecourse is coupled with one of the longest straights in Australian racing, always making the battles of the Golden Slipper entertaining. We now appreciate that the Golden Slipper receives a unique benefit from running at Rosehill Racecourse, because the long straight and uphill climb have become tantamount to Rosehill Racecourse and the Golden Slipper race.

In addition to the factors of Rosehill Racecourse’s design that creates a unique experience for the Golden Slipper, the grandstands and amenities at Rosehill Racecourse are second to none. After undergoing a serious upheaval and renovation at the turn of the century, Rosehill Racecourse emerged with a host of bars, restaurants, and of course, their new and state-of-the-art grandstand which allows racing fans to see the Golden Slipper up close.

Rosehill Racecourse is not limited to hosting the Group 1 and New South Wales racing darling of the Golden Slipper, but also claims the aforementioned Golden Rose Stakes, as well as the Coolmore Classic and Ryder Stakes as feature events across the racing calendar. These premier Group 1 races enjoy the benefit of one of the most modern and popular racing venues across Australia, Rosehill Racecourse.
I highly recommend going to visit Rosehill Racecourse if you come to Sydney and head to the Western Suburbs. If you are a Sydney resident, do yourself a favour and spend a Saturday at Rosehill Racecourse for one of their feature events. I promise it will be an experience you won’t soon forget.

Race History of the Golden Slipper

The 2023 Golden Slipper will join a long line of entertaining and prestigious contests in the series of Golden Slipper races that have made the event the premier two-year-old thoroughbred race around the world. The Rosehill Racecourse based Golden Slipper also offers the most prize money for participants of all two-year-old races globally, with a whopping $5 million AUD shared around to the 16 runners in the Golden Slipper.

The history of the Golden Slipper began in 1957 with the inaugural Golden Slipper race won by Todman, an icon in Australian racing. An important thing to note is that Todman was sired by Star Kingdom, who went on to sire the next four Golden Slipper champions from 1958 – 1961. 

By 1986, the Golden Slipper race had become the first New South Wales based Group 1 race to offer its participants a seven figure prize pool of exactly $1 million AUD. This was a timely change due to the prestige surrounding the Golden Slipper and the sheer number of eyes it drew to the spectacle at Rosehill Racecourse.

For the first 25 years of the Golden Slipper, the event was held at a distance of 6 furlongs, standard practice for the time. In 1973, similar to other Australian premier Group 1 races, the Golden Slipper was changed to be an exact measurement of 1200m. Additionally, six years on from this change, the grade of the Golden Slipper was changed from the original ‘Principal Race’ tag to that of a Group 1 race on the Australian thoroughbred calendar.

Some fun facts about the Golden Slipper race and its history:

  • The legendary Gai Waterhouse has won the most Golden Slipper titles as a trainer with 7! Close behind though is the equally legendary T.J. Smith, with 6 victories in the Golden Slipper to his name.
  • By the same token, the jockey title for most Golden Slipper victories is shared between Shane Dye and Ron Quinton, both boasting four victories in their name.
  • In the 1963 iteration of the Golden Slipper, won by Pago Pago, the race scheduled for the 23rd of March 1963 was changed to four days later on the 27th of March 1963. This was due to the meeting at Rosehill Racecourse being abandoned due to wet weather. To date, this remains the only race in the history of the Golden Slipper to not run on its scheduled date.

Past Winners of the Golden Slipper

After having just explored the history of the Golden Slipper and Rosehill Racecourse, the track that houses the Golden Slipper, we thought it best to provide a comprehensive list of all Golden Slipper winners from its first race in 1957 (won by Todman) to its latest iteration in 2022 (won by Fireburn). See below for the full list of winners in the Golden Slipper at Rosehill Racecourse:

  • 2022 - Fireburn
  • 2021 - Stay Inside
  • 2020 - Farnan
  • 2019 - Kiamichi
  • 2018 - Estijaab
  • 2017 - She Will Reign
  • 2016 - Capitalist
  • 2015 - Vancouver
  • 2014 - Mossfun
  • 2013 - Overreach
  • 2012 - Pierro
  • 2011 - Sepoy
  • 2010 - Crystal Lily
  • 2009 - Phelan Ready
  • 2008 - Sebring
  • 2007 - Forensics
  • 2006 - Miss Finland
  • 2005 - Stratum
  • 2004 - Dance Hero
  • 2003 - Polar Success
  • 2002 - Calaway Gal
  • 2001 - Ha Ha
  • 2000 - Belle Du Jour
  • 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