With the Golden Slipper being run this weekend, it’s easy to believe that it is the pinnacle of racing. Nonetheless, many talented horses, despite not winning the Slipper, have gone on to enjoy successful careers.

The myth that 2-year-old racehorses don’t go on to have successful race careers is just that—a myth. While it’s true that not all 2-year-old racehorses go on to become champions, many do indeed have successful careers on the racetrack.

For example, Anamoe finished second in the Slipper and then went on to have a glittering career. Crowned Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year and earned $12,128,025 in prize money. Anamoe’s racing career continued until he was a 4-year-old. His winning distance spanned from 1000m to 2040m.

Another example of this is, Microphone. He also ran second in the Golden Slipper but then went on to win the Group One Sire’s Produce. He finished his racing career with $1,967,650. On our ownership marketplace, we have a Microphone x Show Affection colt available.

Successful Slipper Winners
  • Canny Lad won the Golden Slipper in 1990 and went on to sire 2003 winner Polar Success.
  • Flying Spur, winner of the Golden Slipper in 1995, sired Forensics, the winner of the 2007 Golden Slipper.
  • Stratum won the Golden Slipper in 2005 and sired Crystal Lily, the winner of the 2010 Golden Slipper.

We have a colt available, whose dam is by StratumToo Darn Hot x Axella

Danehill and Star Kingdom have sired five Slipper winners each with Star Kingdom siring the first five winners of the Slipper. The first of these was Todman in 1957, followed by Skyline, Fine and Dandy, Sky High and concluding with Magic Night in 1961


Still not convinced?

It is understandable to be reluctant about buying into a yearling: because of ongoing cost, unknown variables and so on however, there are many great horses out there that display career longevity. Looking at the long-term benefits, there are plenty of WFA races to be aimed for. Also, horses like most athletes, improve over time. Some 2-year-olds may excel early on but need time to fully mature physically and mentally before reaching their peak performance levels. Food for thought when finding your next racehorse.


Romantic Warrior for example raced first up as a 3-year-old, having success over varying distances (1200m-2040m) Most notably winning one of the most prestigious WFA races in Australia, The Cox Plate. Romantic Warrior continues to race on as a 6-year-old and has earned a whopping $19,393,352 in prizemoney.


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