Voilier On Trial in 2015 Silver Slipper Stakes

February 17th, 2015

Underlining the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) as likely-to-be his major target this season, trainer Gary Nickson has revealed he will use results of Saturday’s Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens as a Golden Slipper trial for classy two-year-old Voilier.

Voilier is on trial for a Golden Slipper berth in Saturday's Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

Voilier is on trial for a Golden Slipper berth in Saturday’s Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

Yet to taste anything but success in his short racing career so far, Voilier stamped his claims as a serious prospect of longer distances when making up for a poor start to win his racing debuted on December 6th.

Pleased with the form and class displayed by the Beneteau gelding in the lead-up to his racing return, Nickson confirmed in-form hoop Tye Angland will take the ride in the 2015 Silver Slipper Stakes and is hopeful of a competitive performance.

“After Saturday we will know where we are going,” Nickson told AAP.

“It is probably the race which determines whether he heads to the Slipper.

“If he goes well he will go to the Todman Stakes and the Slipper. The other option is the Pago Pago Stakes and the Sires’ Produce Stakes.

“Tye Angland rode him in the trial and got off and said he would ride him in the Silver Slipper.

“He had a few options and he chose him which I hope is a guide.”

Yet to be included in early markets for success in the Golden Slipper, Nickson is confident of black type success for Voilier through the 2015 Autumn Carnival.

“He was a handful as a colt but as a gelding he is great to work with,” he said.

“He is a lovely, sensible horse. I’ve got seven by Beneteau and they are all big and strong.”

Jumping from the gates only fairly in Sires Custodian Plate, Voilier was forced to settle towards the rear of the pack, but displayed an exceptional turn of foot late to finishing in the clear of Zoutentant and Skyclad.

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

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