Gai Waterhouse excited to see the return of her Golden Slipper quinella pair   Leave a comment

Gai Waterhouse excited to see the return of her Golden Slipper quinella pair

July 27, 2015 – 12:12AM
Interested spectator: Gai Waterhouse.Interested spectator: Gai Waterhouse. Photo: Damian White

Gai Waterhouse will close the book on season 2014-15 on Friday by watching the Golden Slipper quinella pair of Vancouver and English make their first public appearances since that glorious afternoon in March as they head towards the spring.

It is a time of year when Friday and Tuesday barrier trials become nearly as important as raceday when the stars strut their stuff in the morning.

“Vancouver is very well, he’ll be trialled on Friday and I can’t wait to see him back the races. English will also be there,” Waterhouse said. “This is the start of our spring on Friday.

“I have a team of very good rising three-year-olds, some you have seen and there are some that aren’t as well known. There is a filly, Kimberley Star, which is one of the most improved horses in the stable. She will race again [at Rosehill] on Saturday and will win again. She could go to a race like the Golden Rose as well.”

The unbeaten Golden Slipper winner Vancouver is a $3.50 favourite for the Golden Rose, which will be run on September 12, from the other two other group 1-winning juvenile colts Pride Of Dubai at $8 and Press Statement at $11.

“That is how the Golden Rose market starts out every year – the best two-year-olds at the top – and you will find that it is a race where the exposed form is the best indicator,” TAB’s Glenn Munsie said. “It is the best race in the country for indicating which horses are at the top of their year because all the good ones go there. The form from the Golden Rose stands up year in, year out.”

Peter Snowden will wait until the Rosehill trials on August 4 to give Pride Of Dubai, which won the Blue Diamond and Sires’ Produce Stakes, his first public hitout.

The Godolphin team will be at Randwick on Friday in strength, trialling rising three-year-olds Furnaces, Exosphere, Tarquin and Holler.

“They are all going to have a couple of trials and it will be only one run into the Golden Rose for most of them,” Godolphin trainer John O’Shea said. “We are also looking at the Rose with Inner Circle as well, even after Saturday. He didn’t handle the heavy track and Canterbury that well, but we have him down as a nice horse.”

Exosphere, which was second favourite in the Golden Slipper when he finished last and suffered cardiac arrhythmia, is on the fourth line of betting for the Golden Rose at $15.

It contains Team Hawkes pair Lake Geneva and Headwater, which were third and fifth in the Golden Slipper and which trialled at Warwick Farm impressively last Friday. English, Ready For Victory and another Godolphin charge in Mogador are also rated $15 chances by

O’Shea will also trial Randwick Guineas runner-up Sweynesse on Friday as he starts a preparation aimed at the $1 million Epsom in October.

“He is proven at the Randwick mile and we are hoping to get an uninterrupted preparation with him this time, so he can show his best,” O’Shea said.

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Posted July 28, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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