Golden Slipper Tips - Expert predictions from the tipsters

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Who will win the 2018 Golden Slipper (1200m)? The tipsters give their verdicts on who they think will triumph at Rosehill on March 24.

Will it be favourite Sunlight who comes out on top? Will Written By continue his unbeaten record? Or will we see a roughie upset? 

If you can choose between then, you can get $3.00 for either Sunlight or Written By to win with Ladbrokes' Golden Slipper special.

The tipsters give their verdicts below:

Aaron Hamilton

Firstly, SUNLIGHT has the runs on the board to suggest she’ll be a major player in the Slipper, and being an on-pace type, she won’t need the luck some will be needing in the straight. You must give credit to trainer Tony McEvoy for his ‘localising’ tactics with this filly, as he took her to QLD for two runs prior to the Magic Millions in a bid to make her feel like a ‘local.’ Fast forward to the Slipper, and McEvoy has again used this tactic by giving the daughter of Zoustar two runs at Rosehill Gardens. She’s been ultra-impressive in both wins, and although her win in the Magic Night was approximately two lengths slower than Written By in the Pago Pago, the boys do go up in weight for the main event and Sunlight was cuddled a bit longer than Written By and may have been able to run that time if Luke Currie had asked her to. Secondly, I recently had a dream that Sunlight won the Golden Slipper by a big margin to Written By who was also a big margin in front of third. The last racing dream I had was Booker upsetting Catchy in the Thousand Guineas Prelude and that went to script. 

Ric Chapman

In recent years barriers have not been as significant a player in the Slipper result as they used to be. So, given that premise, that all are equal when the gates open, I’m all over WRITTEN BY. I doubt he will be fired up to the extent he wants to battle these natural speedsters early, meaning he should sit in behind what will be a savage early pace. And it’ll be savage because some of these front runners are very strong this year. They aren’t afraid of wilting down the straight. WRITTEN BY just looks the perfect Slipper runner. He has sufficient tactical speed, has outrageous finishing power, more importantly - he has a will to win and can kick with 300m to go. I love he is on the quick back up as I see it as ideal also. I like EF TROOP and SEABROOK to fight out the minors. Ef Troop was wonderful first up when narrowly beaten after going hard early, while Seabrook looked awesome charging home late to win last start. Can’t wait for the battle.

Steve Bennett

This year’s Golden Slipper could see a similar ending as it did last year with a filly stealing the limelight. In 2017, She Will Reign blew everyone’s mind when she won her first start by seven lengths then went on to dominate the $3.5 million juvenile Group 1. This year, I fancy the Tony McEvoy-trained SUNLIGHT to repeat the efforts of She Will Reign. Her performance in last weekend’s lead-up was nothing short of perfect as she ran her rivals ragged leading all the way. A winner of five of her six races to date she is my top pick for the big race. 

Jackson Oldham

The two favourites Sunlight and Written By are both going to be hard to beat, but it’s the Hawkes runner ESTIJAAB that I believe represents the value in the race. The two-year-old Snitzel filly burned the candle at both ends on debut and still won with a proverbial leg in the air, winning by four lengths. She was softened up in the Silver Slipper, being pressured by Neutrality who dropped out and finished 10.2 lengths from the eventual winner Sunlight. Her last start was a narrow victory in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m). She started a hot $1.40 favourite and it took everything she had to defeat Pure Elation and Sister Sledge who are not in the Golden Slipper picture. That shouldn’t worry Estijaab supporters as the last two winners of the Golden Slipper, She Will Reign and Capitalist had both put in ‘poor’ runs in comparison to market expectation the start before winning the race. I’m confident she can bounce off that run into the Slipper and is the betting play at a genuine each-way price.

Gary Emmerson

AYLMERTON might be the dark horse of the Golden Slipper line-up and certainly represents solid each-way value at $15.00. Having won a Canterbury maiden well enough, the son of Siyuoni was super impressive when taking out the Group 2 Todman Stakes in impressive style - and in a rapidly quick time - at Randwick two weeks ago. For me, that performance was deserving of a better quote than double figures for the Slipper. The Jean Dubois-trained and Coolmore-owned galloper might just be able to sneak under the radar a little going into the race but I firmly expect him to run out all the way to the line and be in the frame for a place at worst. Jockey Tommy Berry has won two of the last five Golden Slippers on Overreach and Vancouver and that's an added positive for this each-way pick.

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