Longines Golden Slipper Stakes Betting Tips – 24th March 2018
The attentions of every horse racing fan in Australia will be focussed on Rosehill Gardens Racecourse this Saturday.
We have a very strong card of racing to enjoy but the attention is all for just one contest, the Longines Golden Slipper Stakes which is run over 1,200 meters.
This is the most prestigious juvenile race in Australia and the most lucrative race for two-year-olds anywhere in the world. With A$3,500,000 up for grabs and arguably even more in terms of kudos for the winning trainer and jockey, there’s nothing else quite like the Golden Slipper.
So, to make the most of what looks a cracking renewal, we’ve made our choice of the best value bets so you can hopefully secure a nice profit of your own.
Past Five Winners
2017 – She Will Reign, ridden by B Melham, trained by G Portelli
2016 – Capitalist, ridden by B Shinn, trained by P & P Snowden
2015 – Vancouver, ridden by Tommy Berry, trained by Ms G Waterhouse
2014 – Mossfun, ridden by J B McDonald, trained by M, W & J Hawkes
2013 – Overreach, ridden by Tommy Berry, trained by Ms G Waterhouse
Two Way Fight for Favouritism
The early betting for the Golden Slipper sees the bookies struggling to separate Written By ($5.00 with BetEasy) and Sunglight ($5.00 with Unibet), so let’s have a quick look at the top two contenders.
According to Ladbrokes, it’s Written By who has had most of the support from punters. That is understandable given that he has won every single one of his four starts and that he’s been given a good barrier draw.
The most impressive of those was in the Group 1, Blue Diamond Stakes. His win last weekend when sent off as the clear favourite was more about getting a run at Rosehill under his belt and preparing for the Golden Slipper but it’s worth noting that he was three lengths quicker than Sunlight during that performance.
Sunlight was beaten in her debut appearance but has very much lived up to the hype ever since, including a victory last weekend. Some will question her out-and-out pace compared to Written By but this isn’t a time trial, Written By will have to find a way to actually beat Sunlight on the day.
The Tony McEvoy trained filly is incredibly versatile in terms of ground conditions and race tactics and it’s that which could make the difference. It’ll be close but we’re happy to come down in support of Sunlight ahead of Written By.
Each-Way Angles Worth Considering
Such is the quality of the Golden Slipper that is often worth looking beyond the very top of the market to try and seek out some each-way value.
We’re not suggesting having a bet on any of the horses priced up at triple figures but in Santos ($9.50 with Ladbrokes) and Performer ($10 with Palmerbet) we have a couple of tempting each-way betting options.
The main thing going for Santos is his trainer, Gai Waterhouse. The champion trainer is looking for a record seventh win in the Golden Slipper and believes she has a good chance of doing just that with Santos.
The Golden Slipper has certainly been the plan for Santos and with preparations apparently having gone well, he looks well worth each-way support. (For more horse racing news click here)
The same is true of Performer for Chris Waller. He’s not had the sort of smooth progress as a two-year-old as some of his competitors but there is always the option that he will improve significantly, especially now he’s being fitted with blinkers.
With potential stars in the making like Santos and Santos as well as the top two in the betting, this year’s Golden Slipper is a race you just can’t take your eyes off.
Top Betting Tips
Sunlight to win at $5.00 with Unibet
Santos each-way at $9.50 with Ladbrokes
Performer each-way at $10 with Palmerbet