Champion hoop Tommy Berry is still keen to ride two-year-old colt Vancouver during the 2015 autumn carnival despite a lackluster barrier trial on Thursday morning.
Vancouver debuted to win the Listed Thoroughbred Breeders’ Plate (1000m) back in October. The colt was fast out the gate to find the front. He kept kicking all the way and held the favourite off in a strong leading effort to win by over one length.
After three months in a spelling paddock, the colt returned to training this morning ahead of a busy autumn campaign in which he’ll tackle prestigious two-year-old races including the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) on March 21 at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained colt finished fourth behind Godolphin’s Ghishoni in a 1050m barrier trial, however Berry isn’t too concerned considering the colt is pretty “lazy” and wasn’t wearing blinkers.
“He needs the blinkers, it is as simple as that,” Berry told TVN.
“He is such a lazy horse, he only does what he has to and today he was just there for a good day out.
“His work in the morning at home is as good as anything.
“I’d say he would have another trial before going to the races but just judge him when the blinkers are on.”
Vancouver is a $13 hopeful in the 2015 Golden Slipper early betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au for which Ottoman is the $8 favourite followed by Furnaces ($9).
The John O’Shea-trained filly is favourite for the $3.5 million sprint race following a win in the TAB Place Multi Plate (1100m) on debut last month while Furnaces won the Primo Moraitis Plate (1100m) back in October.
Berry will have the option to partner Vancouver for the first time this campaign.
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