Vancouver Going Straight to 2015 Todman Slipper Trial

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 will bypass the Silver Slipper Stakes in favour of the Todman Slipper Trial.

Vancouver will bypass the Silver Slipper Stakes in favour of the Todman Slipper Trial. Photo by Steve Hart.

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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