Waterhouse Confident of 2015 Golden Rose Success for Vancouver

July 31st, 2015

Trainer Gai Waterhouse has been understandably thrilled with the results posted by Vancouver through his short racing career so far, and is bullish of the rising three-year-old’s chances of success in the 2015 Golden Rose (1400m).

Gai Waterhouse remains bullish of Vancouver's chances in the 2015 Golden Rose. Photo: Steve Hart

Gai Waterhouse remains bullish of Vancouver’s chances in the 2015 Golden Rose. Photo: Steve Hart

Vancouver stamped his claims as one to watch via a commanding win in the Listed NSW Thoroughbred Breeders’ Plate (1000m) on debut last October before returning this year for comfortable success in the Group 3 Canonbury Stakes (1100m) on January 31st.

Having continued his perfect career start through the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) before delivering a talented field a crushing defeat in the major Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m), Waterhouse told Racing Ahead the son of Medaglia D’oro has taken huge benefit from his time in the paddock and she is confident of early carnival success in the 2015 Golden Rose.

“He’s certainly right up with the very best of the two-year-olds (I’ve ever trained),” Waterhouse said.

“He’s a supreme athlete … and he’s incredibly handsome and a beautiful-natured horse.

“Nothing is a problem – everything he takes in his stride.

“He never goes out of second gear – probably the Slipper was the first time we saw him in top gear.

“He toys with the Group 1 horses, he’s too good for the two-year-olds I have there in the stables and I’ve got a lovely group around him.”

Waterhouse confirmed a path beyond the 2015 Golden Rose is yet to be set for Vancouver, however the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) and Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) are likely to lead considerations.

“After the Golden Rose a decision will be made by Coolmore and the group – will he go on to the Cox Plate or will he be freshened up for the Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington?” Waterhouse added.

“Whatever he runs in – I don’t think they’ll beat him. That’s how good he is.”

Incredibly, Vancouver has never appeared in doubt of success through all four of his competitive starts so far, and delivered a talented group defeat in a strong Randwick barrier trial on Friday morning.

Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best 2015 Golden Rose Stakes odds, for which Vancouver remains clear $3 favourite.