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Todman Stakes

Winners and Past Results for the Todman Stakes

Todman Stakes

Among the major Group races for two year old colts & geldings hosted by the Australian Turf Club during the Sydney autumn racing carnival in March is the Group 2 Todman Stakes.

The Todman Stakes is held over 1200 metres at Rosehill Racecourse under set weight conditions on the same day as the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Classic and Ranvet Stakes. Over the years the race has been called the Todman Slipper Trial.

The female equivalent of the race, the Reisling Stakes is also on the day's race card.

Prize money worth $300,000 is at stake in the race where the winner also gains automatic entry for the $3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes, held two weeks later over the same distance and on the same track.

Level weights usually favour classier sprinters, many of whom have gone on to achieve greater success during their career. The last horse to score a Todman Stakes / Golden Slipper Stakes double was Tierce in 1991. Runner up in 2009, Phelan Ready won the Golden Slipper in his next outing.

Two year olds usually make their way to the Todman Stakes after a run in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes run over 1200 metres a week earlier at the Randwick Racetrack. Some horses may come in after a spell. Other lead up races include the 1200 M Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes at Randwick a week earlier. Therefore, punters ought to keep an eye on these events when selecting a winner for the Todman Stakes.

A number of classy sprinters have added the Todman Stakes to their resume although there has been a lack of Golden Slipper champions. The list includes Octagonal in 1995 and General Nediym in 1997. Exceed And Excel was another classy sprinter to win in 2003 while Charge Forward was next in line in 2004. The Todman Stakes was first held in 1973 as a principal race with Imagele recorded as the first winner. It was granted Group 3 status in 1980 and was stepped up to Group 2 in 1987.

2014 Todman Stakes

At $41 for the win, Ghibellines wasn't given much hope but even though he dropped right back at the start he went along nicely enough, with the favourite Unencumbered just a couple of spots ahead. At the top of the straight, gaps opened up everywhere for Ghibellines and he was able to sprint down the middle of the track, with Unencumbered also making a strong finish right alongside. It was Ghibellines who finished best however, and he went on to score a very impressive win, more than a length ahead of Unencumbered, with Cornrow running on well for third place.

2014 Todman Stakes result

1. Ghibellines
2. Unencumbered
3. Cornrow

Then came:

4. Wandjina
5. Risen From Doubt
6. Scratch Me Lucky
7. Jabali
8. Lockroy
9. Awesome Rock
10. Eqdaam

Year Todman Slipper Trial Winners
2014 Ghibellines
2013 Criterion
2012 Pierro
2011 Smart Missile
2010 Masquerader
2009 Real Saga
2008 Krupt
2007 Meurice
2006 Diego Garcia
2005 Written Tycoon
2004 Charge Forward
2003 Exceed And Excel
2002 Snowland
2001 Royal Courtship
2000 Great Crusader
1999 Align
1998 Laurie's Lottery
1997 General Nediym
1996 Flavour
1995 Octagonal
1994 Pauillac
1993 Justice Prevails
1992 Clan O'Sullivan
1991 Tierce
1990 Auranch
1989 Mercury
1988 Full And By
1987 Marauding
1986 Haida Prince
1985 Asarka
1984 County
1983 Daybreak Lover
1982 Mr. Mcginty
1981 Crown Jester
1980 Nassau
1979 Dignitas' Son
1978 Black Opaque
1977 Luskin Star
1976 Blue And Gold
1976 Pacific Ruler
1975 Top Charer
1975 Rosie Heir
1974 Scamanda
1973 Imagele
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