Golden Slipper Day: Betting Preview and Tips

Golden Slipper Day is as good as things get with five Group 1s to look forward to at Rosehill on Saturday.

The $3.5 million Golden Slipper headlines things, but there is also the George Ryder Stakes featuring Winx as the star mare bids to add to her winning run, the Ranvet Stakes, The Galaxy and the Rosehill Guineas.

On a stellar day, we take a look at all five Group 1s.

Golden Slipper Stakes

Read the full Golden Slipper Stakes preview.

George Ryder Stakes

The mighty mare Winx should be storming to another victory. She defeated a gallant Happy Clapper in last year’s George Ryder, she made a mess of Le Romain and Chautauqua the previous year when cruising to a 7.3 lengths victory on a Heavy 10, and in 2016, she defeated classy stablemates Kermadec and Press Statement.
Winx is unrivalled, and unfortunately for her opposition, she appears more dominant on rain-affected ground, and with Rosehill likely to be Heavy on Saturday, Winx should have no trouble posting her 32nd consecutive win.
But as usual, there is no value backing Winx to win, so we look to RINGERDINGDING (Place) ($2.31 TopBettafor a decent collect on the race. He’s a classy miler and comes off a great run in the Australian Guineas where he finished 2.7 lengths from racing’s newest star Mystic Journey.
He should be just about ready to show his best fourth-up from a spell and represents great value in an eight-horse field.


Ranvet Stakes

The Chris Waller-trained SHILLELAGH ($13.10 ClassicBet) peaked fourth-up last campaign to win the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) at Flemington beating Bring Me The Roses and Fundamentalist who nearly knocked off The Autumn Sun last fortnight. She has multiple third and fourth-up victories to her name and looks set to peak on Saturday.

And while her wet track form looks poor being unplaced in three runs on a Heavy track, she finished eight lengths from Dixie Blossoms in the Group 2 Guy Walter (1400m) when second-up and not ready on a Heavy 10. That was evident by her beating Daysee Doom and a hot field of mares two starts later (fourth-up) in the Hawkesbury Crown.

She also finished 3.2 lengths from Santa Ana Lane in the Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) when second-up on a Heavy 8 and 3.7 lengths from Home Of The Brave and D’argento in the Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) when second-up on a Heavy 8 at Rosehill.

This time around where she’s likely to find a Heavy track, she has fitness on her side and should be finishing strongly.

Rosehill Guineas

THE AUTUMN SUN ($1.35 TopBettasteps up to 2000m for the first time in Saturday’s Group 1 Rosehill Guineas, and I just can’t see him being beaten. If ever they were going to beat him, it was last start when he spotted the leader 11 lengths on the turn, but as champions do, he just found a way to win.

But from a punting point of view, I also want to back his stablemate Dealmaker. The Dundeel colt has finished in front of The Autumn Sun previously when finishing 2nd in the Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) where The Autumn Sun was unlucky and ran 3rd.

That being said, DEALMAKER (Place) ($3.61 TopBettawas runner-up in his first two runs this campaign behind Brazen over 1400m at Randwick and then Hawkshot in the Autumn Stakes (1400m) before finishing 2.8 lengths from Mystic Journey in the Australian Guineas (1600m). He seemed to hit a flat spot in the Guineas and ran the seventh fastest 400m to 200m sectional before finishing off with the 3rd fastest final 200m split.

He’s looking for every bit of this trip now, and the run in the Stan Fox where he finished in front of The Autumn Sun shows a Heavy track won’t be an issue.

The Galaxy

There’s some value to be found with the favourite, Redzel, looking under the odds.
The James Cummings-trained VIRIDINE ($6.26 ClassicBetfinished 3rd behind Redzel and Ball of Muscle in the Challenge Stakes (1000m) where all three runners carried 58.5kg. But Viridine now drops to 52kg and meets Redzel a whopping 6.5kg better off.
Viridine has had three starts at Rosehill for two wins and a 3rd placing, and his 3rd placing was in this race last year when finishing behind In Her Time and English as an improving three-year-old.
A hot early tempo, and plenty of pressure early in the straight, can see the backmarkers being suited. Viridine is going well enough to put his hand up and finish best to claim his maiden Group 1 victory.