Following a schedule shift that saw a crucial set of barrier trials moved to next week, Vancouver’s start in the Group 3 Canonbury Stakes (1100m) is under threat.
Just six two-year-old colts and geldings are confirmed to start in the Canonbury Stakes at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on Saturday but the field could shrink down to five following Gai Waterhouse’s decision whether to run Vancouver or not, which she’ll announce on Friday.
Vancouver is the only runner to have previously raced after winning the Listed Breeders Plate (1000m) at Randwick back in October before being spelled to make sure he was fit for the autumn.
The colt opened the Canonbury Stakes betting at Ladbrokes.com.au as $3.30 favourite but has since drifted out to $3.70, usurped by Outreach as favourite at $3.20.
Vancouver is also nominated for a barrier trial on Monday, with Waterhouse deciding between the two on Friday morning, according to her racing manager Adrian Bott.
“Gai will make a call probably tomorrow morning,” Bott said via TVN.
“The other option is to go to the trials on Monday.
“I’d say he’ll probably run (in the Canonbury), but Gai will make that call tomorrow.”
Whether or not Vancouver runs in the Canonbury Stakes, Waterhouse will still be represented in the race by Ulster.
The colt has finished runner-up in both of his barrier trials in the past month and is a $6.50 hopeful in the betting. The impressive young galloper will get his chance to shine on Saturday in his debut start.
“He’s done everything right and he’s a really nice looking colt,” Bott said.
“He cost $460,000 at the Magic Millions sale so hopefully he will run up to his price tag.”
Check back at Races.com.au on Friday morning to find out whether or not Vancouver will run in the 2015 Canonbury Stakes.
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