Boom colt on rich Rose path

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Ray Thomas

VAN­COU­VER, the $40 mil­lion colt, has re­sumed train­ing at Royal Rand­wick as trainer Gai Water­house starts to pre­pare her un­beaten champ for a spring car­ni­val cam­paign.

Water­house has de­clared Van­cou­ver’s im­me­di­ate aim is the Group 1 $1 mil­lion Golden Rose (1400m) at Rose­hill Gar­dens on Septem­ber 12.

Van­cou­ver is at­tempt­ing to join Foren­sics (2008) as the only Golden Slipper win­ner to train on and win the Golden Rose as a three-year-old.

Water­house’s su­per colt won his only four ju­ve­nile starts this sea­son, cul­mi­nat­ing with his mag­nif­i­cent Golden Slipper tri­umph, to take his prize­money to­tal to more than $2.3 mil­lion.

The Aus­tralian Turf Club closed nom­i­na­tions for the Golden Rose last week with a bumper 1873 en­tries for the first Group 1 race of the Syd­ney spring car­ni­val.

CUP DATE CHANGE IN A proac­tive move, Rac­ing NSW and the Cess­nock Wine Coun­try Race Club have man­aged to resched­ule the $25,000 Cess­nock Cup (1350m) to June 16.

The Cess­nock Cup was pro­grammed for June 1 but ste­wards had to aban­don the race meet­ing due to wet weather.

THREE-HORSE RACE THE Syd­ney jockey premier­ship has be­come a race be­tween Hugh Bow­man, Blake Shinn and Tommy Berry.

The battle has opened up fol­low­ing premier­ship leader James McDon­ald’s de­ci­sion to ride for the Godol­phin sta­ble in Eng­land dur­ing the north­ern sum­mer.

Bow­man is now favourite to win his third premier­ship.

At the time of writ­ing, Bow­man was on 81.5 wins, three clear of Shinn, but Berry (63 wins) is not giv­ing up hope of over­haul­ing his ri­vals be­fore the sea­son ends on July 31.

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