It was fitting that a glamour horse triumphed in one of Australia's most glamorous races last year, when the Peter Snowden-trained Sepoy won the Golden Slipper. This year, most of the early chatter is about another champion who exudes glamour and guile - trainer Gail Waterhouse. The decorated trainer has had punters buzzing after the one-two finish of Driefontein and No Looking Back in the Magic Millions Classic. Controversially, No Looking Back crossed the winning post first but the positions were reversed after a protest.
Driefontein and No Looking Back are being primed for the 1200m Golden Slipper - the world's richest race for two-year-olds - at Sydney's Rosehill on Easter Saturday (April 7). Waterhouse will have other likely contenders, including early Blue Diamond Stakes favourite Raceway, and runaway Australian Cup Plate winner Encosta De Lago. The Blue Diamond Stakes, to be run at Caulfield Racecourse on February 25, is back in vogue as a form guide for the Slipper after Sepoy completed the double last year. Of course, Sepoy trainer Peter Snowden cannot be discounted as a possibility to claim a second successive Slipper. His highly-fancied two-year-old Meidung is vying for a Blue Diamond Stakes victory. Meidung is owned by Sheikh Mohammed, whose huge Darley stable has the most number of nominations for the Golden Slipper.
Other lead-up races to Australia's most prestigious race for juveniles that can be considered credible form guides include the Sweet Embrace Stakes (March 12) Skyline Stakes (March 17), Todman Stakes (March 24), Reisling Stakes (March 24), and Pago Pago Stakes (March 31). The 2010 Golden Slipper Winner Crystal Lily was the first horse since Ha Ha in 2001 to claim the Sweet Embrace/Golden Slipper double.
It's not too early to start thinking about online betting options on the Golden Slipper Stakes. If you beat the rush you can get some juicy odds on some top horses. Don't be too concerned with waiting for a barrier draw - history suggests that a wide barrier draw isn't actually that detrimental to a horse's chances, especially if the track is wet. Just look at Sepoy's performance last year, winning from Barrier 10.
The Golden Slipper is undoubtedly the feature race day of the Autumn Racing Carnival, with Group 1 races such as the George Ryder Stakes, Queen of the Turf Stakes, Storm Queen Stakes, and The BMW stakes, in addition to the $3.5 million main event, carrying a combined purse of more than $7 million. With that much money flying around, punters can't help but want to get in on the action.
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