The Golden Slipper is a popular race for punters, with this event offering an equal number of rewards and challenges compared to other Group 1 races. The Golden Slipper is exclusively for two year old horses, and this fact alone can make it difficult trying to pick a winner. The lack of race experience means that more attention needs to be given to certain lead up events, with the Rosehill Gardens track also having a big effect on results.
When betting on the Golden Slipper, some of the most important lead up races include the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes, Group 2 Reisling Slipper Trial, Group 2 Magic Night Stakes, Group 2 Todman Slipper Trial, and Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes. All of these races are run over the same distance as the Golden Slipper, 1200 metres, and all are held in the weeks leading up to the big race.
Like other big horse races, there are a number of different ways to bet on the Golden Slipper. Punters also regularly mix their bets with other races on Golden Slipper Day, including the George Ryder Stakes, Queen of the Turf Stakes, Storm Queen Stakes, and The BMW. All of these events are run under Group 1 status, with punters also provided with a number of lower Group opportunities on the day.
The most popular bets on the Golden Slipper include:
Win Bet – A win bet is a simple bet put on a single horse to win the Golden Slipper. This type of bet has a low probability of success, but offers a high payout if successful.
Place Bet – A place bet on the Golden Slipper is for a single horse to run in one of the first three race positions. A place bet has three times more chance of paying out than a win bet, and usually pays one quarter of the odds. Place bets are popular with beginners and casual punters on Golden Slipper Day.
Each-way Bet – An each-way bet is also a popular choice with casual punters, because it pays out on either a win or a place. An each-way bet is the same as placing two individual bets, one for a win and one for a place.
Exotic Bets – There are a number of exotic bets that can be placed on the Golden Slipper, with the most popular examples including the trifecta, quinella, exacta, and first four. These bets offer a reduced chance of success in exchange for the possibility of a much higher payout.