The Golden Slipper is the biggest two-year-old race in the world and a full-field of 18 runners will line up for the $3.5 million prize.
A mouthwatering field has been presented to punters, which includes Blue Diamond winner Written By, Magic Millions winner Sunlight and a stack of other top-quality chances.
The wet track could make it difficult for some of these runners but we’ve done the form to find our best tip, best each way and best roughie for the 2018 Golden Slipper.
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2018 Golden Slipper final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Golden Slipper 2018
Written By @ $5 – BET NOW
Best Each Way Bet:
Santos @ $10 – BET NOW
Estijaab @ $12 – BET NOW
2018 Golden Slipper Form Guide & Tips
Written By (Best Bet – $5) – BET NOW
2018 Blue Diamond winner Written By is currently unbeaten after four starts and ran a quicker time than Sunlight did last week.
The impressive Grahame Begg-trained two-year-old justified his short odds of $1.73 last start when winning at Rosehill and it was an impressive win over Sandbar.
Both Written By and Sandbar spaced the rest of the field and having had a run on a heavy track is going to help him immensely here.
The track could be in the soft/heavy range and we think he’ll handle it best.
Santos (Best Each Way – $10) – BET NOW
Connections couldn’t be more confident with Santos, but Gai Waterhouse has never been lacking in that area.
The colt by I Am Invincible didn’t look overly impressive when running third behind Performer and fourth behind Legend of Condor, but he has improved out of sight since.
Including three trials, Santos has extended his winning streak to five and his recent two-length trial win was a great preparation for this.
$9 is a fair price and he has won on soft ground in the past.
Aylmerton ($18) – BET NOW
Aylmerton is certainly a runner which demands respect after winning at Canterbury on debut and then Randwick last time out.
He has paid double-figures in both wins to date and will again here but punters shouldn’t be deterred by the price.
He could have a nice future ahead of him and although we’re not tipping him to win, a win wouldn’t surprise.
Long Leaf ($81) – BET NOW
Long odds for a previously unbeaten runner which was disappointing in the Blue Diamond behind Written By.
He finished 12th of 16 runners on that occasion, having won his first three starts.
He won’t find it easy here but the $81 is way over the odds.
Performer ($10) – BET NOW
Dropped rider Hugh Bowman in dramatic fashion last start but he never looked to be going well enough to win.
Having opened at $7.50 in the market and since drifting to $10, that tells us all we need to know and he could struggle to find a good position in the field from barrier 16.
Ef Troop ($21) – BET NOW
Ef Troop deserves some attention at $19 following his form to start his career.
The Tony Gollan-trained sprinter won his first two races by big margins before running fourth behind Sunlight in the Magic Millions.
Drawing barrier two might be a negative depending on the track, but if the inside is playing well, expect Ef Troop to be around the money.
Prairie Fire ($41) – BET NOW
The Snitzel colt scored a good win at Flemington before running fourth in the Blue Diamond behind Written By.
Can he turn the tables? We’re unsure, but he has drawn to position himself anywhere in the race and he could be a blow out chance at big odds for the place.
Sandbar ($14) – BET NOW
That was some effort to push Written By close last start and he’s only going to improve off that.
Trained by Brad Widdup, the son of Snitzel hasn’t done much wrong in a four-race career to date and even his effort for sixth at Randwick was a good showing.
He finished only 1.4 lengths behind Santos and he’s worth include in multiples here.
Enbihaar ($34) – BET NOW
Tough to say he can’t win based on form and he did run second in the Blue Diamond.
Has since been given a soft trial when running second at Randwick and he looks a type that could handle an off track.
Lindsay Park are running hot with their juveniles and $34 is a nice price from bookmakers for this unknown quantity.
Sunlight ($4.20) – BET NOW
A popular pick and the obvious threat to our top pick, but there are some negatives aspects about Sunlight.
The Tony McEvoy-trained runner likes to find the speed and given how much speed there is in this race, she could be pressured the entire trip.
She doesn’t have experience on a wet track and she’s only a small filly. That’s going to count against her here.
She is, however, classy at best and she must be included in each way bets.
Estijaab (Best Roughie – $12) – BET NOW
Hawkes-trained two-year-old which pushed Sunlight for everything she had last start at Rosehill.
The daughter of Snitzel scored a sizzling win at Randwick following that effort and she ran a great time of 1:09.10.
That’s going to be quick enough to see her fighting out the finish and drawing wide might not be the worst at this time of the day.
Oohood ($23) – BET NOW
Has placed in all four starts and although yet to win a race, her time will come soon enough.
Will it be in the Golden Slipper? Unlikely, but she has a decent turn-of-foot and that could show up late in the race.
Fiesta ($18) – BET NOW
Her odds have been slashed from $34 to $19 and with good reason.
The Chris Waller-trained filly has had three of her four starts on a soft track and she performs at a high level on it.
She ran second to Seabrook last start and she didn’t have all the luck in the world.
Definite chance at $19.
Sizzling Belle ($71) – BET NOW
Form appears good after three consecutive wins to open her account but Canberra form is unlikely to show up at this level, hence her price in the market.
Seabrook ($9) – BET NOW
Much better effort when beating a talented field at Randwick last start and she could get in the thick of the action.
The Mick Price-trained filly relished the rise in distance and also the easing of the ground, scoring by a half-length over Fiesta.
That form should hold up well and we’re expecting her price to continue to move.
Secret Lady ($126) – BET NOW
Showed plenty of pace early on but has since regressed.
Tough to see her in the money.
Qafila ($71) – BET NOW
Looked to be a boom filly after winning on debut but her form has tapered off since.
Unlikely to enjoy the wet track given her breeding.
Gongs ($71) – BET NOW
Punters should always respect this stable but her best form has come at midweek level and that’s not going to be good enough.
Legend of Condor ($126)