Stay Inside has left Australia’s fastest two-year-olds in his wake to win the $3.5 million Golden Slipper at Rosehill in Sydney.
- Stay Inside beat home Anamoe and Ingratiating to win the Golden Slipper
- It was Tommy Berry’s third Golden Slipper triumph as a jockey
- Stay Inside was trained by the Freedman brothers, Richard and Michael
One of the favourites to win the world’s most celebrated race for juveniles, Stay Inside surged clear to beat stablemates Anamoe and Ingratiating.
The victory was a first in the race for the training partnership of Richard and Michael Freedman, and a third for jockey Tommy Berry.
Despite their status as two of the biggest names in Australian racing after sharing many big-race wins with their Hall of Fame brother Lee, Richard Freedman said the victory ranked among the most satisfying of his career.
“We worked a lot harder than people realise to try to rebuild from nothing again,” he said.
The partnership was created in 2019 when Michael returned from Hong Kong, with Stay Inside and fellow Golden Slipper runner Glistening representing the new stable’s first yearling sale purchases.
“We bought quite a few horses. They are not all in the Golden Slipper but two were. So that’s a satisfying thing,” Richard Freedman said.
Berry gave Stay Inside the best possible run in the race and the colt responded with a brand of acceleration that had the race won at the 200-metre mark.
Stay Inside went on to win by one and three-quarter lengths from Anamoe, with Ingratiating taking the minor placing.
The placegetters hail from the powerful Godolphin stable, with Anamoe turning in arguably the run of the race after coming from second last on the home turn.
But Berry said nothing could be taken away from the winner, as Stay Inside added to his collection of Golden Slipper trophies that includes victories on Overreach (2013) and Vancouver (2015).
“I have a knack of finding good two-year-olds and trainers that can train them as well,” he said.