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Longines Golden Slipper Day To Have A Barnes-Storming Finish

Longines Golden Slipper Day – Australia’s biggest day of Group 1 racing at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday – is ready to rock Western Sydney like never before.

The iconic $3.5 million Longines Golden Slipper, the world’s best horse Winx, the dual The Everest winner Redzel and the rising star of Australian racing The Autumn Sun are just some of the stars on the turf.

Racing fans can then rock into the evening with Australian legend Jimmy Barnes, who will play a 45-minute concert after the last race, all included in entry tickets to Saturday’s massive day of entertainment.

General admission tickets are available at theraces.com.au with all hospitality spaces sold out.

Pre-purchased general admission tickets and Australian Turf Club 2019 annual Membership cards for Longines Golden Slipper Day include complimentary travel to and from Rosehill Gardens on Sydney train, ferry, light rail and bus services.

Australian Turf Club Chief Executive, Jamie Barkley, said Rosehill Gardens would be the focus of the racing and sporting world on Saturday.

“The Longines Golden Slipper is always the star of the show, but what a support cast we have this Saturday at Rosehill Gardens,” Mr Barkley said.

“Western Sydney has never seen a day like this on Longines Golden Slipper Day, especially as Winx has her final run on her home track of Rosehill Gardens.

“The Longines Golden Slipper has attracted one of its best and most open races in many years. And we have the Queen of Australian racing in Winx and the King of Australian rock and roll in Jimmy Barnes on a day packed with highlights.”

The Peter and Paul Snowden trained Cosmic Force – to be ridden by Mark Zahra – is the $4.40 TAB favourite in the Longines Golden Slipper, ahead of two of Godolphin’s six runners.

The unbeaten filly Tenley ($6) for jockey James McDonald and colt Microphone ($7) with Hugh Bowman lead the Godolphin charge for trainer James Cummings.

Godolphin’s Lyre ($12) for trainer Anthony Freedman, and Cummings’ other runners in Pin Sec ($16) for jockey Tommy Berry, Exhilarates ($21) Kerrin McEvoy and Kiamichi ($41) Damian Lane round out the “Blue Army”.

Sydney’s champion trainer Chris Waller – aiming to win his first Longines Golden Slipper – and jockey Blake Shinn who won the race in 2016 – combine with Yes Yes Yes ($7.50).

The world’s best horse Winx is a $1.06 TAB favourite to win her fourth consecutive Group 1 $1 million The Agency George Ryder Stakes. It would be a 32nd consecutive victory for Winx as the mighty mare has her final race on her home track at Rosehill Gardens.

Her Chris Waller stablemate The Autumn Sun – the rising superstar of Australian racing – is a $1.60 TAB favourite in the Group 1 $600,000 Sky Racing Rosehill Guineas. It would be The Autumn Sun’s fifth Group 1 victory in just nine starts.

His jockey Kerrin McEvoy is also riding Redzel, the horse who has won the first two renditions of the world’s richest race on turf, the TAB Everest, in the Group 1 $700,000 Ooh!Media Galaxy.

In another wide-open betting race, Redzel is a $4 TAB favourite, ahead of Nature Strip ($5), Graff ($6), Viridine ($6.50) and Pierata ($9).

A big field of 15 runners take on The Group 1 $700,000 Ranvet Stakes, headed by Godolphin’s classy Avilius ($3.30).

His opponents include the UK visitor He’s Eminent ($8), trained by Sir Mark Todd, and the Kiwi mare Danzdanzdance ($8) for trainers Chris Gibbs and Michelle Bradley and jockey Opie Bosson.

The Rosehill Gardens track was rated a Heavy 8 on Thursday morning but was expected to improve ahead of Saturday with warm and dry weather forecast.

A full track report with Rosehill Gardens Track Manager Shaun Patterson is available here:

Rosehill Gardens and all ATC racecourses provide free parking and free high capacity WiFi. For all ticketing, food and beverage options, racing and general information visit theraces.com.au 

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