The 2019 Golden Slipper is here and we could not be more excited for the Group 1 event at Rosehill Gardens this weekend.
This might be the strongest overall Golden Slipper field that we have seen in many years and it is no surprise that our Golden Slipper betting market is an extremely competitive one.
Can Godolphin take advantage of their strong hand or will we see a Golden Slipper upset?
We have analysed the entire field and our complete 2019 Golden Slipper tips can be found below.
Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes Yes has recorded three wins from his four race starts and he stamped himself as a genuine Golden Slipper contender with an impressive win in the Todman Stakes. The big issue for Yes Yes Yes is the barrier draw. The wide barrier draw almost ensures that he will have to get a long way back in the run, he could even settle last, and he will be spotting a number of his main rivals a clear head start. I am happy to take him at his current quote of $7.50.
Microphone is the horse to beat in the 2019 Golden Slipper. He has improved each time that he has been seen at the races and he produced a very professional effort to win the Skyline Stakes at Royal Randwick last start. Cosmic Force was beaten by him fair and square in that contest and he has since come out and won the Pago Pago Stakes by a dominant seven lengths. Barrier one isn’t necessarily ideal in the Golden Slipper, but he is a horse that does have early speed and Hugh Bowman will be able to settle him in the first half dozen.
Time To Reign
The breeding of Time To Reign, he is a half-brother to Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign, has ensured that he has been towards the top of Golden Slipper betting for a long time. His win in the Silver Slipper Stakes was impressive, but the form coming out of that contest has not been particularly strong and he flopped badly in the Todman Stakes. It is tough to back him in the Golden Slipper off that performance.
Free Of Debt
Free Of Debt is the Cinderella story in the Golden Slipper field and this is a huge moment for young trainer Chris Bieg. He won his first two race starts comfortably and handled the step-up to Group 1 level in impressive fashion with a close third behind Lyre in the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes. The Unencumbered colt would still need to improve to be a genuine winning chance, but I think that he will run better than his current odds of $34 suggest.
Cosmic Force is currently on top of our 2019 Golden Slipper betting market. You could only be impressed with his scintillating win in the Pago Pago Stakes last weekend, but I do think that the market has overreacted to that performance. He was beaten fair and square by Microphone in the Skyline Stakes and I’m not convinced that he beat a great deal of quality in the Pago Pago Stakes, while he may have just handled the very heavy track better than his rivals. There is no doubt that he has serious talent and I have a huge amount of respect for Team Snowden, but I can’t get him anywhere near as short as his current price.
The winner of the Breeders’ Plate is always a Golden Slipper contender and that is the case with Dubious, but he would need to improve on his last start effort to be a genuine winning chance. His run in the Magic Millions Classic was excellent, but he was no match for Yes Yes Yes and Bellevue Hill in the Todman Stakes. I am not convinced that the Todman Stakes is the strongest form reference for the Golden Slipper and $21 does seem the right price.
Lyre is the value runner in Golden Slipper betting. She has done absolutely nothing wrong during her racing career to date and the $10 that is currently available is well and truly over the odds. She ran very impressive closing sectionals in both the Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude and the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes, which sets-up her up nicely to run a big race in the Golden Slipper. I like the fact that trainer Anthony Freedman has given her a barrier trial between race starts and she doesn’t necessarily have to get a long way back from barrier 13. She is a proven line finder and I think she can be in the finish.
Lankan Star is on the quick back-up after she flopped in the Magic Night Stakes last weekend. Her run in the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes was excellent and she definitely has some talent, but it is impossible to back her off that last start effort.
Tenley has recorded three wins from as many race starts and she is a filly that has flown under the radar somewhat ahead of the Golden Slipper. She ran simply outstanding closing sectionals to win the Pierro Plate first-up and she proved that performance was no fluke with a fast-finishing win in the Reisling Stakes last start. James McDonald can settle her slightly closer to the speed from barrier six and she maps to get a lovely run in transit just behind the leading group. She definitely can’t be counted out in this contest.
Could the Black Opal Stakes produce the Golden Slipper winner in 2019? Pin Sec stormed into Golden Slipper contention with a dominant victory in the Black Opal at Canberra last start and a repeat of that performance would have her right in this contest. She still has enormous upside and we definitely haven’t seen the best of her just yet. The $21 currently available is over the odds.
Anaheed has been an early market mover in Golden Slipper betting. She showed her class with a nice win in the Sweet Embrace Stakes and she did not have a great deal of luck when she was beaten in the Reisling Stakes. Tim Clark will be able to give her a much better run in transit in the Golden Slipper, but she would still need to improve on her best to be a genuine winning contender.
Kiamichi earnt a place in the Golden Slipper field after recording an upset victory in the Magic Night Stakes last weekend. Before that she was handily beaten in the Sweet Embrace Stakes and I think that she is the weakest of the Godolphin runners in this field.
Catch Me looked like a potential star when she won the Gimcrack Stakes and the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Preview before she flopped in both the Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude and the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes. She has trialed nicely since that run and Team Snowden have an excellent record with two-year-olds, but it is impossible to back her in the Golden Slipper off her recent form.
Vincere Volare was sent from Brisbane to Sydney for the Reisling Stakes and she finished a more than credible third behind Tenley and Exhilarates. In saying that, it is tough to see her turning-the-tables on her rivals and $51 is probably around the right price.
The Magic Millions Classic has proven to be a strong form reference for the Golden Slipper in recent years, but I would be surprised if that was replicated in 2019. Exhilarates was not disgraced in the Reisling Stakes, but she was still no match for her stablemate Tenley and she would need to improve to be any chance of turning-the-tables on her rivals.
Loving Gaby is the x-factor in the Golden Slipper field. She made her racing debut with an impressive win in the Ladbrokes Chairman’s Stakes and she had no luck in running whatsoever in the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes. It is rare to see a horse win a Golden Slipper in just their third race start, but there is no doubt that she is a filly with a huge amount of ability and she can’t be discounted.
Bivouac is the first emergency for the Golden Slipper and he could run a sneaky race if he does get an opportunity. He beat home Cosmic Force to win the Lonhro Plate and he was not disgraced in the Todman Stakes.
Rome has raced well without winning during his racing career to date. He finished fourth in the Breeders’ Plate before finishing second in both the BJ McLachlan Stakes and the Black Opal. He is currently the second emergency and he is unlikely to earn a race start.
Bellevue Hill is the third emergency for the Golden Slipper and is unlikely to earn a race start – even though he finished a credible second behind Yes Yes Yes in the Todman Stakes.