The Golden Slipper - curse or climax?

 Aug 11 2016

GOLDEN SLIPPER CURSE VICTIMS

VANCOUVER (2015 Slipper winner)

* The Gai Waterhouse-trained colt ran fourth in the San Domenico Stakes in his first and only race as a three-year-old. He was sent to compete in the UK but a bad blood picture meant he never raced and returned to Australia where he retired to stud.

CRYSTAL LILY (2010)

* Never won again. Bumped into Black Caviar four times in her seven starts after the Slipper and was runner-up twice. Suffered a fatal track work accident in 2011.

PHELAN READY (2009)

* Won the Magic Millions-Slipper double then didn't win again for five years. The Jason McLachlan-trained gelding kept plugging away in Queensland and finished his career with four wins from 59 starts.

STRATUM (2005)

* Failed to win a race after his Slipper win. Fourth in the San Domenico Stakes first-up after his Slipper preparation. Raced through to the autumn before retiring to stud where he produced Group One winners Streama and Crystal Lily.

POLAR SUCCESS (2003)

* The three-year-old filly didn't run a place in her three spring starts before she had to pull out of her campaign due to a hoof injury. She never won another race.

CALAWAY GAL (2002)

* The first Queensland-trained horse to win a Slipper had 17 unsuccessful starts after triumphing at Rosehill. Was $3 to win the San Domenico first-up and only beat one of the eight runners home.



- AAP

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