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Golden Slipper Entries Up From Last Year
The Australian Turf Club has received a significant increase in nominations for Sydney's signature race, the $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill Gardens. A total of 2,006 nominations were taken when entries closed on Tuesday, an increase of 150 on the previous year. The vote of confidence in Rosehill Gardens' premier event on 19 March, as part of the first three-week Longines Golden Slipper Festival, is further proof of the race's growing stature. This year's winner, the unbeaten Vancouver, trained by the Golden Slipper's record-equalling trainer Gai Waterhouse, has already been sold to stud for a reported $40 million. The world's largest racing and breeding organisation Godolphin has the highest number of juveniles entered for next year's Slipper with 158, followed by Gai Waterhouse (113), David Hayes (86), Peter Snowden (84) and Sydney's champion trainer Chris Waller (84). Sires represented by the most nominations are: Snitzel 106, Fastnet Rock 86, Smart Missile 78, Sebring 77, and More Than Ready and Northern Meteor, both 62. Of first season sires, Foxwedge has 57 nominations, and Sepoy, who won the race in 2011, has 53 progeny nominated. ATC Chief Executive, Darren Pearce said: "The ATC continues to lift the already iconic stature of the Longines Golden Slipper and these strong nominations are a significant vote of confidence. The worth of Vancouver as a stallion and the involvement of a global partner in Longines show the Golden Slipper as a breeding and racing event that influences the industry like no other." Click here to view the full list of nominations.