Silver Slipper Stakes

Silver Slipper Stakes

Sat, 21 February 2015

The Silver Slipper Stakes is a Group Two race restricted to two-year-old horses and is run over a distance of 1100 metres. The race is run under set weight conditions, where the colts cary 56.5kg and the fillies 54.5kg, and is one of the key lead up events to the richest two-year-old race in the world and one of the major races on the Sydney Autumn Carnival calendar, the Golden Slipper Stakes. The race offers $250,000 in prize money to connections of the winner and the top five place getters.

Silver Slipper History

The inaugrial race was run over 800 metres back in 1963 when Eskimo Prince won the race. In 1970 the race distance was increased to 1000m and then changed several times again before it was set at its current distance of 1100m. It has been held every year since 1963 at Rosehill Gardens except in 1991 when it was held at Canterbury racecourse and in 1997 when the race was not held at all.

In recent years, the horses who have won this race and then gone onto to claim the Golden Slipper include Pierro in 2012 and Mossfun in 2014.

2014 Silver Slipper Stakes

In 2014 Mossfun came into this race undefeated. Law was the early leader in the race and continued so until they turned into the home straight. Soon after rider James McDonald pushed Mossfun forward and moved up to contest the lead, hitting the front with no resistance from Law. Some chase came from Press Report and Risen From Doubt however their efforts could only manage a place. Mossfun won by four lengths in front of Press Report second and Risen From Doubt third.

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