Boom colt on rich Rose path
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.