Victory for Blake Shinn on Capitalist at the 60th running of the Longines Golden Slipper
On Saturday 19 March 2017, Blake Shinn riding Capitalist trained by Peter and Paul Snowden won the 60th running of the heralded $3.5million Group 1 Longines Golden Slipper, the world’s richest race for two-year-olds over 1200m on turf.
For the first time in the carnival’s prestigious history, the Swiss watch brand Longines partnered with the Australian Turf Club to be announced as the Title Partner of the Longines Golden Slipper Carnival.
Featuring an impressive program of world-class racing and social activities, the Longines Golden Slipper Carnival features one of Australia’s biggest and most respected races, the Longines Golden Slipper. Longines celebrated its first year as Title Partner, Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the Golden Slipper at the 60th running of the prestigious race known as the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of the Rosehill Carnival. In front of an impressive crowd at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, the winning owner, trainer and jockey were presented with elegant Longines watches from the hands of Amelia Michael, Longines General Manager Australia.
Longines Golden Slipper Carnival ambassador Rachel Griffiths named Tanya Lazarou the winner of the Longines Prize for Elegance.
The finalists vying for the Longines Prize for Elegance were selected by Philippa Moroney, Fashion Editor of Australia’s fashion bible Vogue, from the new ‘Fashion at the Races’ competition presented by Vogue, Myer and GQ Australia.
Tanya Lazarou received a beautiful Longines watch as her prize for the Longines Prize for Elegance, echoing the refinement of this great raceday as well as her highly distinguished outfit.
A record number of horses remain in contention for the 60th running of the Australian’s Turf Club’s signature race – the $3.5 million Longines Golden Slipper at Rosehill Gardens.
A total of 304 horses are second acceptors for the world’s richest race for two year olds, to be run this year on Saturday, 19 March.
The number is a huge increase from last year’s 170 second acceptors, and more than the previous highest of 295 horses in 2000.
Amongst the trainers and stables to have accepted with the most number of horses are Hawkes Racing (34), Godolphin (31), Gai Waterhouse (24), Peter and Paul Snowden (19), David Hayes and Tom Dabernig (16) and Mick Price (13).
Previous Golden Slipper winners Sebring (16) and Sepoy (15) are among the sires represented by the most runners, headed by Exceed and Excel (20), Smart Missile (19), Snitzel (19), Fastnet Rock (17) and More Than Ready (17).
Of those two year olds still nominated, 168 are colts or geldings, and 136 are fillies.
Australian Turf Club Chief Executive Officer Darren Pearce said the Club had worked hard to attract as many second acceptances as possible.
“The Longines Golden Slipper is Sydney’s signature race and continues to be the one that shapes the racing and breeding industry like no other,’’ Mr Pearce said.
“We are thrilled that owners and trainers from across the country, big and small, continue to chase that dream, and in record numbers.
“This is a special year for the race with the 60th running, and also the first under our long-term partnership with one of the world’s biggest supporters of racing, Longines.
“The Longines Golden Slipper is increasingly in the sights of the racing world, and the Australian Turf Club is proud to have attracted this record number of contenders.’’
This Saturday at Rosehill Gardens sees the running of two key lead ups to the $3.5 million Longines Golden Slipper – the $150,000 Group 3 Canonbury Stakes, and the $150,000 Group 3 Widden Stakes for the fillies.
The last three Golden Slipper winners have come from one of these races.