As we close in on the world’s richest race for 2-year-olds, we take a look at the class of 2017 and what may be in store for this year’s runners. Last year’s field includes plenty of talent with Group 1 winners and genuine competitors on the world’s biggest stage.
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1st – She Will Reign
Emerged as something very special on debut when winning a 1000m Kembla Grange maiden by 8.3 lengths, going on to win her next start at Randwick by 4. Amazingly, Golden Slipper runner up Frolic beat her just 2 weeks prior to the world’s richest race for 2-year-olds, but was no match for her on the day as She Will Reign ran away with the Slipper by 2.3 lengths. The Gary Portelli-trained filly by Manhattan rain now boasts a career record of 9 starts for 6 wins and 1 minor placing, since going on the win the Group 1 Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley, one of the most impressive of 2017.
2nd – Frolic
The Edward O’Rourke trained Husson filly has a She Will Reign Scalp on her resume however is just 1 of 2 career wins for the Golden Slipper runner up. Since her high-quality run in the Slipper, Frolic has yet to be placed, beaten comprehensively by the likes of Invader, Alizee and Shoals however admittedly in top-flight company.
3rd – Tulip
Beat Alizee last year immediately prior to a 3rd placing in the Golden Slipper. Another who is perhaps under-performed since the 2-year-old race however, the Lindsay Park galloper has been placed in just 2 of 8 starts. By no means in the sea, the filly by Pierro finished in the top 5 in The $10 Million Everest, and has since gone on to win the Group 3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes.
4th – Menari
Menari the Ferrari turned heads with consecutive victories towards the end of 2017, ending his prep with a minor placing behind Trapeze Artist and Champagne Cuddles in the Group 1 Golden Rose. Trained by Gerald Ryan, the Snitzel Colt has 3 career wins to his name, placing in a further 2 from 8 starts.
5th – Houtzen
The filly from Queensland did not disappoint on the big stage since her 4-length victory on debut in December 2016, winning the 2017 Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the way to the Group 1 Golden Slipper. Showing her true class, the Toby Edmonds galloper by I Am Invincible was a 4-length winner at Eagle Farm carrying a 63kg fridge. Winning once since the Golden Slipper, Houtzen boasts a career record of 10 starts for 5 wins and 2 minor places.
6th – Trapeze Artist
Another promising Snitzel colt out of the field, Trapeze Artist is capable of something very special, displayed in last year’s Golden Rose with a 4.3-length victory over smarts ones in Champagne Cuddles and Menari. Trapeze Artist has since gone on to win the Group 2 Expressway Stakes in February this year and has now won 4 races from 12 starts.
7th – Diamond Tathagata
Runner up to She Will Reign on debut and winner of the Group 2 Skyline Stakes, the Hinchinbrook filly is perhaps relatively unknown compared to the rest of the field. Having not won since February last year, Mark Newnham’s galloper was last in the Rosebud, 2nd last in the Run To The Rose and last in the Golden Rose, most recently finishing midfield in Canberra.
8th – Veranillo
Won 2 on the trot to begin his career but yet to win since. The Godolphin galloper was a runner up to She Will Reign in the Group 2 Silver Slipper, as well as placing in the Group 2 Todman Stakes but has since run into some very smart ones. The gelding by Medaglia D’Oro has found the likes of Del Piero, Cliff’s Edge and Call Me Handsome this prep, most recently placing 6th in benchmark 78 company.
9th – Chauffeur
Just the one win for the Brad Widdup-trained Snitzel colt, scoring on debut in a 5-horse field back in December 2016. Most notably the runner up in the 2017 Magic Millions 2YO Classic, Chauffeur has been placed just once since last year’s Golden Slipper when 1 length off Pariah in Group 3 San Domenico Stakes, most recently 5.3L last in the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes.
10th – Madeenaty
The Exceed and Excel filly was an impressive winner on debut by 2.25 lengths at headquarters, taking out the Wyong 2YO Magic Millions on her way to a 3rd placing in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast. The Lindsay Park galloper was a runner up at Flemington immediately following the Golden Slipper however has placed just once since that run, 2.2 lengths off Super Too over 955m at the Valley. Madeenaty’s career record stands at 11 starts for 2 wins and 5 minor placings.
11th – Pariah
Overcame a good one when beating Menari on debut before finishing runner up in the Blue Diamond behind Catchy. The Redoute’s Choice colt won his next start immediately following the Golden Slipper, continuing solid form when finishing runner up in the Run To The Rose. The Peter & Paul Snowden trained galloper was 9th of 14 in his most recent run, placing in 5 of 7 races to date and winning 2.
12th – Trekking
The Street Cry colt’s only win came on debut, placing in another 3, 2 of those coming after the Golden Slipper. Trekking finished runner up to Trapeze Artist early in his career, also placing in the Rosebud and the Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes at Moonee Valley. Another Godolphin runner in the field, James Cumming’s galloper recently finished midfield at Rosehill on the 24th of February.
13th – Single Bullet
Another in the field that was won just 1 race to date, Single Bullet is separated from the rest by a total of 6 times finishing runner up in just a 13-race career. The colt by Not A Single Doubt was a runner up in the Wyong Magic Millions as well as finshing 2nd 3 consecutive times between September and October 2017. Single Bullet was perhaps his most disappointing in his most recent run, finshing 12 lengths last behind Kementari at Warwick Farm.
14th – Formality
Has beaten some good ones in a handy career to date that boasts 5 wins and 3 minor placings from 11 starts. The Fastnet Rock filly won her first 2 races before a 3rd place in the Blue Diamond, going on to beat Alizee, Champagne Cuddles and Jukebox following the Blue Diamond. Formality was placed behind Merchant Navy in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes, most recently 10th of 10 in the Black Caviar lightning stakes among some of the best in the world in Redkirk Warrior and Redzel.
15th – Teaspoon
The Snitzel filly had just 6 starts to her name, winning 2 with a lone 3rd placing. She was retired after a 7th placing at Rosehill on 24th of February this year, interestingly after winning a trial over Boss Lane and Pariah just 2 weeks before hand.
16th – Catchy
Emerged as a potential superstar when winning 4 in a row to start her career including the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes. In a bizarre turn-around in form the Fastnet Rock filly found herself 26.5 lengths last in her very next start in the Golden Slipper, winning just 1 more race since in September last year. Despite not winning in 5 starts, Catchy has stamped herself as a genuine Group 1 horse, winning 5 career races from 12 starts, placing in a further 3.