Stay Inside has left Australia’s fastest two-year-olds in his wake to win the $3.5 million Golden Slipper.
One of the favourites to win the world’s most celebrated race for juveniles, Stay Inside surged clear to beat stablemates Anamoe and Ingratiating at Rosehill.
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 one 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 ranks 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 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 $4.60 second favourite, the best possible run in the race and the colt responded with a brand of acceleration that had the race won at the 200m.
Stay Inside went on to win by 1-3/4 lengths from Anamoe ($15) with Ingratiating ($20) 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 Slipper trophies that includes victories on Overreach (2013) and Vancouver in 2015.
“I have a knack of finding good two-year-olds and trainers that can train them as well,” he said.
Stay Inside settled with the leading division and loomed up on the turn before getting the better of the favourite Profiteer ($4).
He was never in danger of being caught, his value has a future stallion soaring with every stride towards the winning post.