Voilier Spelled Ahead of 2015 Golden Slipper Preparation

Voilier won the Sire Custodians 2YO Plate (1100m) on Saturday and trainer Gary Nickson has already sent the two-year-old to the spelling paddock ahead of a 2015 autumn campaign that will likely include the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) on March 21.

Sire Custodians Plate winner Voilier has been sent to the spelling paddock ahead of a dominate autumn campaign.

Sire Custodians Plate winner Voilier has been sent to the spelling paddock ahead of a dominate autumn campaign. Photo by Steve Hart.

The gelding made his debut on Saturday, winning the 2YO Plate by an easy three and a half lengths. He was in the speed early but eased to take a trail, sitting two lengths away on the bend. He eased over heels three wide and ranged up at the 300m mark before really hitting the line well to draw away.

This followed an easy five length victory in the gelding’s sole barrier trial on November 20.

“I never expected him to win by so far because I didn’t think he could be at his best,” Nickson told Racing Network on Tuesday.

“He’s obviously a very good horse.”

Nickson dropped off Voilier at the spelling paddock this morning ahead of a busy autumn campaign, which could culminate with the 2015 Golden Slipper.

The trainer noted that he had received plenty of offers after Saturday’s win but can’t part with the promising two-year-old just yet.

“I can give him four or five weeks now then get him back about January 7 or 8, and start on having him ready for the autumn,” Nickson said.

“The phone hasn’t stopped ringing.

“We’ve had a lot of offers for the horse since he won on Saturday, from all over the place, including Hong Kong.

“I think the way he races, he’s such a relaxed horse, he gives me the impression he could be a Sires Produce horse.

“Of course the Golden Slipper will be an option, but if we went that way I would say it would be his fourth run in and that would be it (the end of his preparation).”

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