Vancouver defied history to win the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill this afternoon from the outside gate. The colt now joins Phelan Ready (2009), the only other winner from barrier 16.
Haybah took the early lead followed by Haptic, Speak Fondly, and Furnaces while Blue Diamond runner-up Reemah was at the back of the field.
Turning the corner for home, Vancouver and stablemate English made their way to the front while Speak Fondly made her way up the outside of the track.
English just couldn’t deliver any more while Vancouver did, exploding within the final 100 metres, much the same as when he won the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) on March 7 by three and a quarter lengths.
Gai Waterhouse ultimately netted herself the quinella in the 2015 Golden Slipper with English running off Vancouver while Team Hawkes’ Lake Geneva rounded out the first three.
There was much to be said about Vancouver’s wide start and whether the colt would be able to make his way over from the outside gate but it was ultimately an ideal run for jockey Tommy Berry, getting three deep with cover.
“I’ve got no words,” Berry said after winning the world’s richest two-year-old race for the second time.
“It doesn’t matter, good horses get themselves out of trouble, we had a beautiful run just sitting behind Speak Fondly,” he continued when quizzed about his confidence in winning the 2015 Golden Slipper from the outside gate.
“Like I said he’ll win the Golden Slipper and then go on to win the Sires Produce, I’ve got one right and I hope I’m right about the other too.
“He just does it so easy, he’s a pleasure to ride, I can’t think Gai enough.”
Gai Waterhouse has now netted herself an astounding 130 Group One winners but this must certainly mean the most. By winning her sixth title in the Golden Slipper, the trainer has levelled herself with her late father TJ Smith.
“He’s a joy, he really is and the filly (English) was not disgraceful in the way she attacked the line,” Waterhouse said.
“He’s a dominant colt and he took it out today, very exciting.
“We’ll worry about it after today, but we’ll let him go home and have his dinner.”
Vancouver holds a nomination for the Group 1 Sires Produce Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 4 and the colt is likely to be firm favourite in the betting at Ladbrokes.com.au to take out the $1 million race on Day One of The Championships.
|1||1||VANCOUVER||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||–||16||56.5kg||$2.50F|
|2||8||ENGLISH||Gai Waterhouse||Blake Shinn||0.8L||5||54.5kg||$12|
|3||14||LAKE GENEVA||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||1.6L||4||54.5kg||$18|
|4||6||READY FOR VICTORY||Mick Price||Nicholas Hall||1.8L||8||56.5kg||$19|
|5||2||HEADWATER||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Glen Boss||1.9L||10||56.5kg||$16|
|6||3||FURNACES||John O’Shea||Hugh Bowman||2L||1||56.5kg||$10|
|7||17e||SERENADE||Michael Moroney||Craig Williams||2.1L||6||54.5kg||$151|
|8||7||ODYSSEY MOON||Rodney Northam||Ryan Moore||2.2L||12||56.5kg||$91|
|9||13||OTTOMAN||John O’Shea||William Buick||3.2L||7||54.5kg||$51|
|10||15||SINGLE GAZE||Nick Olive||Ms Kathy O’Hara||3.8L||15||54.5kg||$101|
|11||10||SPEAK FONDLY||Gai Waterhouse||Damien Oliver||5.1L||11||54.5kg||$41|
|12||4||HAPTIC||John O’Shea||James Doyle||7.4L||3||56.5kg||$17|
|13||11||FIREWORKS||Gerald Ryan||Brenton Avdulla||7.6L||13||54.5kg||$51|
|14||12||HAYBAH||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Stephen Baster||8.8L||2||54.5kg||$71|
|15||9||REEMAH||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Kerrin McEvoy||17.7L||14||54.5kg||$51|
|16||5||EXOSPHERE||John O’Shea||James McDonald||17.9L||9||56.5kg||$4.60|
|–||19e||HEAVENLY HAND||Gerald Ryan||–||–||0||–||–|
|–||16||LOOK TO THE STARS||Clarry Conners||Craig Williams||–||0||–||–|