The Golden Slipper Stakes is a prestigious horse race that is on in April each year. The home of the race is Sydney's Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.
Prize money of $3.5 million makes the Golden Slipper Stakes the "World’s richest race for two-year-old thoroughbreds". The race is a sprint over 1,200 metres. Crowds around 30,000 will attend the race day.
Several of Australia's illustrious horse trainers have won the event and names on the list include T. J. Smith, Bart Cummings, Colin Hayes, Jack Denham, Lee Freedman and Gai Waterhouse.
Roy Higgins, Mick Dittman, Shane Dye, Greg Hall, Jim Cassidy and Damien Oliver are some of the victorious jockeys over the year. The names of some of the winning horses who have been written in the history books of the Golden Slipper Stakes include Manikato, Sebring, Rory's Jester and Miss Finland. Todman won the first Golden Slipper Stakes, in 1957.
The Rosehill Gardens Racecourse is west of Sydney. It is easily accessible by car, train and bus. Tickets can be bought in advance, including tickets for the Gold Reserve which gives visitors a spot near the winning post. A concert after the races has been added to entertain the crowd. As with many race meetings, there is a Fashions on the Field event.
Dress regulations do apply to the course. The Members Dress Regulations specify a shirt and tie with tailored trousers, possibly accompanied by a sports coat or suit jacket.
Other racing events take place during the Sydney Carnival at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse. Ladies Day and Rosehill Guineas Day take place in March in the days before the Golden Slipper Stakes.
The Rosehill Gardens Racecourse also has racing during other parts of the year, some of the races to attend are the Apollo Stakes, Hill Stakes, Shannon Stakes, Tea Rose Stakes and Theo Marks Stakes.