Rosehill Gardens hosts the biggest day of Group 1 racing in Australia this Saturday 24 March, highlighted by the world’s richest race for two-year-olds the $3.5 million Group 1 Longines Golden Slipper.
The iconic $3.5 million Longines Golden Slipper is the pinnacle event of a huge nine-race card which includes four other Group 1 races; the $1 million The Agency George Ryder Stakes, $700,000 Ranvet Stakes, $700,000 The PFD Food Services Galaxy, and a capacity field of three-year -olds in the $600,000 Sky Racing Rosehill Guineas.
A full field of 16 runners line up in the Longines Golden Slipper, headed by Magic Millions and TAB Silver Slipper winner Sunlight ($4.20 TAB Fixed Odds), and the Group 1 Blue Diamond winner Written By ($4.80 TAB Fixed Odds).
Sunlight trained by Tony McEvoy and ridden by Luke Currie is owned by an all-female syndicate.
Written By is owned and was bred by Hall Of Fame trainer Neville Begg who would become only the second person in history to separately breed, own and also train a Golden Slipper winner (he trained Dark Eclipse 1980) if his son and trainer Grahame Begg wins with the unbeaten colt.
Gai Waterhouse, who has trained a record-equaling six Golden Slipper winners, is aiming to break the record in partnership with Adrian Bott and their colt Santos ($8.00 TAB Fixed Odds).
Sydney’s seven-time premiership winning trainer Chris Waller and champion jockey Hugh Bowman are both hoping for their first Longines Golden Slipper win with Performer ($9.50 TAB Fixed Odds).
Waller also trains Fiesta ($18.00 TAB Fixed Odds), to be ridden by Kerrin McEvoy.
Jockey Tommy Berry has returned from Hong Kong to ride colt Aylmerton ($16.00 TAB Fixed Odds), whilst last year’s Longines Golden Slipper winning jockey and trainer Ben Melham and Gary Portelli would create a rare double if Secret Lady ($101.00 TAB Fixed Odds) won.
And jockey Kathy O’Hara on Sizzling Belle ($71.00 TAB Fixed Odds) would be the first female jockey in history to win the Longines Golden Slipper.
These are some of those looking to create their own history in the Longines Golden Slipper, race 7 at 4.10pm.
The world’s equal highest rated horse Winx is a $1.10 TAB Fixed Odds favourite to win her third consecutive The Agency George Ryder Stakes, and is aiming for a 24th consecutive win, and a world record 17th Group 1 success.
Market odds for the full program on Saturday are available here.
The Rosehill Gardens track was rated a Soft 7 on Thursday morning after 31mm rain had fallen during the week.
The Harrolds Fashion Chute will return this Saturday with an expert panel of judges including Western Sydney-born model and presenter Kyly Clarke, milliner Nerida Winter and Owner and Director of Harrolds Mary Poulakis.
Contestants that register at the Harrolds Fashion Chute will also be eligible to win the coveted Longines Prize for Elegance and receive a Longines Conquest Classic Timepiece valued at $3000.
All patrons can access some of the best gourmet street food by Trinhy’s Vietnamese, Chur Burger, Caminito South American, Busfood, Street Sliders, Dirty Bird, Happy as Larry and the James Squire Beer Garden, at the Eats at the Gardens precinct.
Additional entertainment and activities throughout the Longines Golden Slipper Carnival will include the Toni&Guy Gold Lounge complimentary blow-dry bar, fashion illustrations, pop-up bars including the Chandon S Easy Chic tram, and live DJs.
Tickets for Saturday can be purchased at theATC.com.au with several areas already sold out, including the highly-popular Punters Pack however racegoers are still able to purchase tickets into the MMM-arquee
All pre-purchased event tickets to this Saturday at Rosehill Gardens include access after the last race to a free live concert by Australian band Birds of Tokyo and complimentary transport to and from Rosheill Gardens on Sydney train, ferry and bus services.
The first race on Saturday is at 12.15pm and last race at 5.30pm. Gates open at 11.00am (10.15am ATC Members).
For all hospitality, ticketing, racing and general information visit http://www.theatc.com.au