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When the final field for the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) was released Wednesday morning, no one expected Vancouver to be a non-acceptor for the pivotal two-year-old race, yet that is exactly what happened.
Vancouver is co-favourite to win the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) on March 21 along with Ottoman but the pair will no longer get a chance to race against each other before the $3.5 million race next month.
Eight promising two-year-olds are set to run in the 2015 Silver Slipper Stakes at Rosehill this Saturday, headlined by John O’Shea’s Ottoman. The race is considered a key lead-up race to the Golden Slipper, with Mossfun taking out the double last year.
Gai Waterhouse has opted to take a different route towards the 2015 Golden Slipper with Vancouver. The colt will have a barrier trial over 740m at Randwick this Monday before lining up in the Group 2 Todman Slipper Trial (1200m) at the same track on March 7, two weeks before the Slipper.
“He’ll now have a barrier trial at Randwick on Monday,” Tulloch Lodge spokesman Mark Newnham told Sky Racing.
“The Golden Slipper is still a month away and as Gai said to me ‘it’s all about the timing’ and that’s why she thinks the Todman Stakes is a better fit.”
Vancouver remains unbeaten from his two starts, winning the Listed Thoroughbred Breeders’ Plate (1000m) back in October as well as the Group 3 Canonbury Stakes (1100m) on January 31, which catapulted the colt to the top of the Golden Slipper betting at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Both Vancouver and Ottoman are paying odds of $7 to win the world’s richest juvenile race but that could all change following Saturday’s race.
Ottoman will have to overcome a wide start from the outside gate in her second career race while stable mate Holler will enjoy the inside run from barrier one.
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