First declarations for the 2009 Golden Slipper close today with only those horses among the original 2,187 entries eligible to accept.
The $3.5 million feature is the world's richest race for two-year-olds with yesterday's racing at Randwick and Flemington showcasing the first juvenile stakes races.
Over the weekend, four-time Golden Slipper-winning trainer Clarry Conners produced Our Joan Of Arc to win the Gimcrack Stakes while the Hawkes partnership landed the other Randwick event, the Breeders' Plate, with Real Saga.
John Hawkes who is now part of the team with sons Michael and Wayne, has trained two Golden Slipper winners in Guineas and Forensics.
In Melbourne, Leon Corstens led in Noesis after the filly scored an easy win in the Inglis Plate.
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