Vancouver undoubtedly stamped himself as his age group’s standout through the recent Sydney Autumn Carnival, and jockey Tommy Berry is confident the three-year-old will be too strong for his competition in Saturday’s Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill.
Berry partnered Vancouver in each of his three starts during the Spring Carnival; undoubtedly highlighted by a resounding one length win in the major Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill last time out on March 21st.
Berry was thrilled with the feel offered by the son of Medaglia D’Oro in a recent barrier trial, and while a little query at the distance, is confident of a first-up success in the 2015 San Domenico Stakes on Saturday.
“He is a very special horse – we all know that,” Berry told The Daily Telegraph.
“His barrier trial win the other day really excited me and it told me he is coming up really well for the spring.
“The 1100m test is a test as it is a touch short for him but I still believe his class will shine through.
“As a two-year-old he looked more like a three-year-old anyway, he was that big and strong.
“You won’t see a great difference in the way he looks physically on Saturday but he definitely feels stronger.”
Taking out a strong Randwick barrier trial prior to his competitive debut, Vancouver immediately announced his racing arrival when taking out the Listed NSW Thoroughbred Breeders’ Plate (1000m) in October before immediately returning to the paddock.
Jogging home to win the Group 3 Canonbury Stakes (1100m) first-up on January 21st, Vancouver displayed his dominance with an impressive and near-four length win in the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) in his only other start a fortnight prior to the Golden Slipper.
Nominations for the 2015 San Domenico Stakes will be taken today, while a final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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