THE RYDGES POST
It’s time for the 2014 Golden Slipper at Rosehill Gardens. Since the legendary Todman won the first Slipper back in 1957 the race has continued to capture the hearts and minds of trainers, jockeys and the general public. It is one of the biggest events on the Australian racing calendar – it is a day full of style, fashion and great racing.
The race itself is a wide open affair because all the horses are two-year-olds and only just starting to find their hooves, so to speak. It is, in fact, the world’s richest race for two-year-olds with total prize money of $3.5million ($2million to the winner) and it is a fast and furious sprint over 1200 metres.
Each year over 2000 horses are entered with only a few selected. No single trainer or jockey has dominated the event but all the big names in the sport have had a tilt. Tommy Smith had the most success with six winners and it has been four wins to Bart Cummings, Clarry Conners and Lee Freedman. On the jockey front there were four wins each to Ron Quinton and Shane Dye with three wins to Kevin Langby, Athol Mulley and Mick Dittman. Darren Beadman won the cup as an apprentice in 1984 and again in 1997.
Gai Waterhouse has two runners and she has to be worthy of respect… Earthquake is the short priced favourite but for value, your humble blogger likes Cornrow with Damien Oliver on top.
Rosehill Gardens, of course, is just across the road from Rydges Parramatta and they will have a lot of in-house guests but even if you aren’t staying, the race day fun can continue. There are two great bars – The Winning Post Bar with live entertainment (The Shott Boys) and Champs (with DJ Peter Nick). There are also two great dining venues, Stock Café and the award-winning Steeds Club Grill & Bar.