Golden Slipper Stakes 2015: Gai Waterhouse colt Vancouver enables racing’s first lady to equal TJ’s six victories   Leave a comment

Golden Slipper Stakes 2015: Gai Waterhouse colt Vancouver enables racing’s first lady to equal TJ’s six victories

Gai Waterhouse and Tommy Berry with the Golden Slipper trophy after Vancouver’s emphatic

Gai Waterhouse and Tommy Berry with the Golden Slipper trophy after Vancouver’s emphatic victory. Picture: Simon Bullard. Source: News Corp Australia

GAI Waterhouse had just equalled her legendary father’s Golden Slipper training record when she was asked to compare Vancouver with her former superstar colt, Pierro.

“They are similar horses, great temperaments, both the dominant colts of their generation and they have this amazing will-to-win,’’ Waterhouse said.

“Pierro went on to prove he was a champion and Vancouver is on the way to doing exactly that — he is a joy to train.’’

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Waterhouse said she will now consider asking Vancouver to equal Pierro’s feat and compete the juvenile triple crown in the ATC Sires Produce Stakes and Champagne Stakes.

“I’ll let the dust settle from today, look at how Vancouver pulls up and then talk to my owners,’’ Waterhouse said.

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Tommy Berry knows he has another Golden Slipper to his name as Vancouver crosses the line

Tommy Berry knows he has another Golden Slipper to his name as Vancouver crosses the line. Picture: Simon BullardSource: News Corp Australia

“We’ll worry about that after today, we’ll let the colt go home and eat his dinner.

“The one thing we know about Vancouver is he is a winner.’’

Tommy Berry, who produced a masterly ride from barrier 16 on Vancouver, believes the triple crown is at the colt’s mercy.

“Like I said, he’ll win the Slipper then go on and win the Sires and the Champagne by further,’’ Berry said.

“I’ve got one right. I hope I’m right about the other two.

“He just does it do easily. He had them covered easily today. He’s a pleasure to ride.

Vancouver maintained his unbeaten record by overcoming the extreme outside barrier and a wide run to ward off the challenge of his stablemate English in a thrilling finish to the $3.5 million Tooheys New Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens.

Victory parade: Tommy Berry and Vancouver. Picture: Mark Evans

Victory parade: Tommy Berry and Vancouver. Picture: Mark Evans Source: News Corp Australia

Before a bumper crowd of 19,504, Waterhouse had prepared her sixth Golden Slipper winner with Vancouver complementing her previous triumphs with Ha Ha (2001), Dance Hero (2004), Sebring (2008), Pierro (2012) and Overreach (2013).

Waterhouse equalled her legendary father, Tommy Smith’s training record in the race and again paid tribute to the man she describes as the greatest influence in her life.

“To equal Dad’s record means so much to me,’’ Waterhouse said.

“The last words he said to me before he died was: ‘You make me sick, you can’t train two-year-olds.’’

Gai Waterhouse makes it clear she has now won six Golden Slippers. Picture: Simon Bullard

Gai Waterhouse makes it clear she has now won six Golden Slippers. Picture: Simon Bullard Source: News Corp Australia

Smith’s admonishment of his daughter came just two days before he died in 1998. Waterhouse has never forgotten the conversation.

“I thought ‘I’m never going to let that be my thing’,’’ Waterhouse said.

“Dad’s words were my driving force to improve — I wanted to make him proud,’’ Waterhouse said.

Vancouver was heavily backed from $2.80 into $2.50 favourite and he had to dig deep to hold off English ($12) to win by three-quarters of a length with Lake Geneva ($18) a similar margin away third.

Waterhouse’s Golden Slipper quinella with Vancouver and English almost matched her historic 2001 trifecta with Ha Ha, Excellerator and Red Hannigan.

Tommy Berry in full voice after his tremendous victory. Picture: Mark Evans

Tommy Berry in full voice after his tremendous victory. Picture: Mark Evans Source: News Corp Australia

“English was no disgrace either,’’ Waterhouse said.

“The way she attacked the line, she was really fantastic but she had the misfortune to bump into an outstanding colt.

Vancouver was sold by breeder John Camilleri for $185,000 at the Magic Millions last year, is now worth an estimated $20 million as a stallion prospect after becoming an unbeaten Golden Slipper winner.

Blake Shinn, rider of English, thought he had Vancouver’s measure when he ranged up alongside at the 300m

“She has run a mighty race, I thought she was going to win the Golden Slipper but the colt was just too good,’’ Shinn said.

Lake Geneva’s rider Dwayne Dunn said his filly might have been unlucky: “Super run just got held up at a vital stage but ran out of her skin,’’ Dunn said.

Tommy Berry with Gai Waterhouse and his fiance Sharnee Nisbit and, of course, that Slippe

Tommy Berry with Gai Waterhouse and his fiance Sharnee Nisbit and, of course, that Slipper trophy. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

Originally published as Gai’s six-shooter colt guns them down in Slipper

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Posted March 22, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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