Just horse racing has been a client of Cn for 3 years. Below is a little bit about a event they showcase:
The Golden Slipper (1200m) is the richest race for two year olds in the world and is regarded as one of the best races on the Australian racing calendar. But once upon a time that certainly wasn’t the case.
In the early 1950’s, STC head honcho George Ryder was frustrated that all the big races Sydney had to offer were being run and won at the AJC’s premier track, Randwick, with races like the AJC Derby and Doncaster taking centre stage for the Autumn Carnival. He was also frustrated that all the gun two year olds were racing at Randwick for both the Sires Produce and Champagne. He wanted to change that. He came up with the idea of Rosehill hosting a 1200m two year old race, but it needed to be unique, and after a discussion with his wife, it was decided the race would be called the Golden Slipper, with the winner to receive a trophy that resembles a Golden Slipper.
After a few years of rejection from the STC board, Ryder finally got his wish. The race was given the green light. His vision had become a reality. The problem now was that the gun two year olds were still being saved for the Sires Produce and Champagne and as such, sponsorship and prizemoney was down. But that all changed with time as the better class youngsters were seeing the race as an ideal target, with the first real star of the turf to win the race being Vain in 1969 and as the years progressed, so did the champs to win the race and with that, the sponsorship and prizemoney started coming and it’s now regarded as one of the best races in the world.
Given there are close to 2000 nominations for the race in the months leading in, qualifying can be a real nightmare. But, the ATC does have races carrying ballot exemption for the race. They are the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) and Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) held in late February; the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) and Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) run at Randwick on Guineas Day; and the Group 3 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) run the week before. Given these races carry ballot exemption status, the quality is outstanding and it adds to the already outstanding race cards.
Learn more about the Golden Slipper via this link.