When it comes to outstanding race days for punters, you’d be hard pressed to find one better than Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill. There are nine races on the card, headlined of course by the $3.5 Million Golden Slipper (1200m), but the support races are strong, with four other Group l races run and won on the afternoon, including the George Ryder (1500m), where we will see Winx looking to win her third straight edition.
Golden Slipper Day traditionally begins with the Manion Cup (2400m), a lead up for the Sydney Cup. Following that is usually the Birthday Card (1200m) and darby Munro (1200m) before the Group l action begins with the Ranvet (2000m), a race that has been won by some absolute champions in the past. Our Ivanhowe won the race in 2017.
The Golden Slipper is the feature race but the highlight of the day is likely to be Winx, who will be shooting to win her third straight George Ryder (1500m). Her win in the race last year was one of the more dominant performances of her sequence. In terms of the field she’ll face this year, it’s an unknown, but she is expected to win again.
The Derby aspirants will their stuff in the Rosehill Guineas (2000m), which is the second leg of the 3YO triple crown in Sydney. It’s sandwiched in between the Randwick Guineas (1600m) and the Australian Derby (2400m), and its honour roll is as good as any race in Australia, with names like Naturalism, Octagonal, Tie The Knot and Eremell all successful.
The big one then follows, the Golden Slipper. The 16 best two year olds in Australia will scorch around the Rosehill turf in roughly 70 seconds to crown the best two year old in the land. It’s a chance of a lifetime for some, as we saw last year with the win of She Will Reign, with Darby Syndications paying $20,000 for the filly before she went on to win $2 Million when saluting in the Slipper. It makes for great viewing.
A number of different tickets are available for the 2019 Golden Slipper, with different dining and accessibility options available. Some of the day ticket packages available for 2019 include the International Lounge, Gold Room, Schweppes Style Lounge, and Slipper Club.