2015 Silver Slipper the Next Target of Vancouver

February 4th, 2015

Having saddled five previous winners of the world’s richest two-year-old thoroughbred race, trainer Gai Waterhouse is confident of another successful tilt in 2015, describing exciting prospect Vancouver as her best colt since standout sprinter Pierro.

Vancouver's third competitive start will be in the 2015 Silver Slipper Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

Vancouver’s third competitive start will be in the 2015 Silver Slipper Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

Yet to taste anything but success over his two start career, Vancouver stamped his claims as a serious contender when charging home to win the Group 3 Canonbury Stakes (1100m) by a comfortable length at Rosehill on January 31st.

Understandably thrilled with the form and class displayed by the son of Medaglia D’Oro so far, Waterhouse confirmed the 2015 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on February 21st will figure as his next competitive point of call ahead of his major target, the Golden Slipper.

“He’s very special,” Waterhouse said after Vancouver’s Canonbury Stakes victory.

“He pulled up terrific and he was very courageous.

“The spring form is the best form reference for the two-year-olds.

“He won the Breeders Plate; all my good Golden Slipper horses have either won the Breeders Plate or been placed in it.

“Even though he wasn’t fully wound up he had the race experience that the others didn’t have yesterday.

“It counted and that’s what won him the race, he knew where the winning post was.

“Vancouver is the most exciting colt I’ve trained since Pierro.”

Taking out a strong Randwick barrier trial prior to his racing debut in September, Vancouver stamped his claims as one to watch over autumn with a scintillating victory in the Listed NSW Thoroughbred Breeders’ Plate (1000m) on debut; hitting the line close to two lengths in the clear of closest rival Sooboog.

Jumping from the gates well in the Canonbury Stakes, Vancouver was immediately settled on the heels of the race’s early leaders; receiving a good run in transit before exploding late.

Ladbrokes.com.au currently rates Vancouver an outright $7 favourite for success in the 2015 Golden Slipper.

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