History of the Golden Slipper Stakes


Sydney Turf Club committeeman George Ryder was the creator of the Golden
Slipper Stakes. He wanted to have a spectacular event that would compete with the Australian Jockey Club’s Doncaster Handicap, Champagne Stakes and Sires Produce Stakes.

Deciding on a race for two-year-olds, Ryder was stumped for a name and the following conversation is now part of racing folklore:

George Ryder: What would be a special gift for a newly-born baby?

Ryder’s wife Dot: A slipper.

George: What sort of slipper?

Dot: A golden slipper.

The first Golden Slipper Stakes was run in 1957 with 11 runners and was won by
the great champion colt Todman. Over the next four years the winners of the
Golden Slipper were all sired by the sire Star Kingdom whose sire lines can still
be found in the breeding of many of today’s winners.

The Golden Slipper is now part of the triad of Australia’s greatest horse races along with the Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate. ***

Photo shows Flying Spur, 1995 winner of the Golden Slipper and sire of 2007 winner Forensics

Sources: progroupracing.com.au, wikipedia.org, racenet.com.au, stc.com.au, goaustralia.about.com, abc.net.au, virtualformguide.com

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