2015 Silver Slipper Nominations Released

February 17th, 2015

Just ten runners have been included in nominations for Saturday’s Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, highlighted by some of the country’s leading two-year-old prospects.

Vancouver has been included in 2015 Silver Slipper Stakes nominations. Photo: Steve Hart

Vancouver has been included in 2015 Silver Slipper Stakes nominations. Photo: Steve Hart

Trainer Gai Waterhouse has been thrilled with the class displayed by Vancouver over his short racing career so far, and has included the classy colt in 2015 Silver Slipper Stakes nominations.

Debuting with an impressive race win in the Listed New South Wales Thoroughbred Breeders Plate (1000m) in October last year, Vancouver stamped his claims as a leading Golden Slipper fancy when repeating the dose with ease in the Group 3 Canonbury Stakes (1100m) first-up this time on January 31st.

Having been taken out by subsequent Golden Slipper champion Mossfun in 2014, The 2015 Silver Slipper is also set to play host to leading Godolphin prospect Ottoman after trainer John O’Shea included the two-year-old in nominations.

Jumping from the gates well in his debut appearance; the TAB Place Plate (1100m) at Rosehill on December 20th, Ottoman settled in prime position on the heels of the race’s early leaders, receiving an ideal run in transit before exploding from the main pack late to hit the line comfortably in the clear of a talented field which included the likes of Miss Idyllic and Pride Of Dubai.

O’Shea and Godolphin are set to be offered two good chances of success in the 2015 Silver Slipper Stakes, having also included Holler in nominations.

Yet to taste anything but success over his short career so far, Holler beat Encosta Line and subsequent Widden Stakes champion Fireworks comfortably in the Hyland Race Colours Plate (1100m) on January 17th.

Underlined as a serious prospect for the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on Day 1 of The Championships, trainer Gary Nickson has revealed he will use the 2015 Silver Slipper as a means to test whether or not Voilier should be geared towards the Golden Slipper.

Jumping from the gates only fairly in the Sires Custodians Plate (1100m) on December 6th, the Beneteau gelding was forced to settle mid-pack, but displayed an exceptional turn of foot to hit the line ahead of Zoutenant and Skyclad.

A final field and barrier draw for the 2015 Silver Slipper Stakes is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.

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2015 Silver Slipper Stakes Nominations

# Horse Trainer
1 ALART Pat Farrell
2 HEADWATER Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
3 HOLLER John O’Shea
4 KYLIE’S FAME David Vandyke
6 OTTOMAN John O’Shea
7 PACEMAN Peter & Paul Snowden
9 VANCOUVER Gai Waterhouse
10 VOILIER Gary Nickson