Top 5 Golden Slipper Winners
The Golden Slipper (1200m) is known as the worlds richest race for the two-year-olds and has been won by some champion gallopers over the years. See who made our list of top 5 Golden Slipper winners since 2000.
In modern times, the feature race has been taken out by some outstanding gallopers.
Top 5 Golden Slipper winners.
1. PIERRO (2012)
After winning the Breeders Plate (1000m) on debut in October of 2011, Pierro was set on the Golden Slipper path. He won five on the trot in the autumn of 2011, taking out the Triple Crown and remaining unbeaten in the process. The Gai Waterhouse-trained galloper defeated Snitzerland and the Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) winner, Samaready, at Rosehill. He returned in the spring and went down for the first time in the Caulfield Guineas (1600m) when left a bit of a sitting duck behind All Too Hard. After placing 3rd in the Cox Plate (2040m), he returned in the autumn to pick up a couple more Group 1 races, retiring with 11 wins from 14 starts. What a star he was.
2. SEPOY (2011)
Like Pierro, Sepoy headed to stud after a brief career and raced 13 times for 10 wins. He is one of only a few horses that have claimed the Blue Diamond/Golden Slipper double and won five of six races aged two. His only blemish came in the Todman Stakes when rolled as a $1.20 favourite by Smart Missile. The son of Elusive Quality won five more races in the spring with two of those coming at Group 1 level. He had a brief and unsuccessful stint overseas before retiring early on in 2012.
3. DANCE HERO (2004)
One of the best ever two-year-olds we have seen, Dance Hero is another Waterhouse galloper that picked up the Triple Crown for the two-year-olds. This achievement came after he defeated Not A Single Doubt in the Gold Coast Magic Millions (1200m). In the Golden Slipper he defeated Charge Forward and the gun Victorian filly Alinghi. While he slowed down a bit as an older horse he was good enough to win the Group 1 Salinger Stakes (1200m) on Derby Day at Flemington as a four-year-old and retired with 10 wins from 33 starts.
4. MISS FINLAND (2006)
The champion filly from the David Hayes stable blew her opposition away in the 2006 Golden Slipper, winning by almost five lengths but didn’t really hit her straps until three when taking out the Thousand Guineas (1600m) and VRC Oaks (2500m). The first and only horse to claim the Golden Slipper and Oaks, she was unlucky in the Cox Plate of 2006 before returning in the autumn of 2007 and capping off a remarkable 12 months by defeating the boys in the Australian Guineas (1600m).
5. FORENSICS (2007)
A gun filly, Forensics carried the colours of the all cerise towards the end of John Hawkes time as trainer for the powerful Ingham operation in 2007. Forensics was another that didn’t really fulfil her potential until three but secured a spot in the Golden Slipper on the back of a win in the Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) at Warwick Farm. After missing out in the Reisling Stakes (1200m), she was sent out a $14 chance but with Damien Oliver on board she was the best at the business end. After transferring to Peter and Paul Snowden in 2008, she went on to take out the Golden Rose (1400m) when that race was run in the autumn due to the Equine Influenza outbreak in 2007, as well as the Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1550m) and Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington later that year.