Yes, the $3.5m Golden Slipper Stakes has always been a world leader in promoting initiatives within the thoroughbred industry, and now Newgate Farm is an establish ‘headliner.’
Tagged a ‘stallion making race,’ the Golden Slipper is now the domain of ‘quick thinking’ stud masters, with both race favourite’s Profiteer and Stay Indside to stand with their sires at Newgate Farm.
The best produce of Newgate’s Leading First Season sire Captialist, he was sold for $165,000 at the 2022 Australian Easter Yearling Sale, having also been consigned by Newgate Farm.
Newgate Farm also secured the $5.50 second favourite Stay Inside, who is coming off a fourth in the Todman Stakes, having won the Pierro Plater for trainers Richard and Michael Freedman.
By Newgate’s exciting first crop sire Extreme Choice, he was sold by Newgate Farm for $200,000 at the MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale, having been a $60,000 ‘pin hook’ at the National Weanling Sale.
In also the changing face of the Longines Golden Slipper, it’s the fillies have now won six running’s since 2010, and John Sargent has the filly Four Moves Ahead as the $6 third Slipper favourite.
And of course, the Longines Golden Slipper Festival has always been a happy hunting ground for international raiders and this year Britain’s William Haggas has Addeybb and Favorite Song.
English jockey Tom Marquard rides Addeybb as the $1.90 favourite for their second Ranvet Stakes victory, and then looking for a repeat win in the $4m Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
It was a moving moment las year when Tom Marquand stated ‘to come down here and win a QEII on an English horse, for someone who has given me a lot of support, at a time that has been tough for English racing, it could not mean anymore.’
Favorite Moon is a short $5 for the NE Manion Cup and to be ridden by lightweight Kerrin McEvoy, and is weighted on 50kg for the ‘two mile’ $2m Schweppes Sydney Cup at The Championships.
Of course, both Tom Marquard and William Haggas will be the centre of attention for the International Media Call from 6.30am at the Canterbury Quarantine Centre on Thursday 8 April.
The John O’Shea Mostyn Cooper Randwick Stakes winner Lion’s Roar is $4.60 for the Spring Racing Active Rosehill Guineas, with the unlucky Randwick Guineas second Mo’unga at $2.70.
In the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival in having $35.66m prizemoney and 18 Group 1 races it was ‘Top Cat’ Tim Clark on Krone who took out the Coolmore Classic, the opening Group 1 event.
Brisbane premier trainer Tony Gollan Krone is eyeing the Queen of The Turf Stakes for Krone on Day 2 of The Championships, to give him a fourth career Group 1 success.
In not being entered in The Star Doncaster Mile, the Queen of The Turf will provide Tony Gollan with a third Sydney Group 1, having won The Galaxy with Temple of Boom in 2012.
Backing up from Saturday’s Coolmore Classic Day on winning the Bowerman Pago Pago Stakes, the Chris Waller trained Shaquero has drawn 15 of 16 runners and is $31 in the Longines Golden Slipper.
A winner of both the Magic Millions 2YO Classic and Breeders’ Plate, Shaquero is by Arrowfield’s second leading first crop sire Shalaa and was a $160,000 buy at the MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
‘And don’t forget the Australian Turf Club Foundation, the raises funds over the Longines Golden Slipper Carnival that contributes to make a difference in the community.’