Vancouver favourite for the Golden Rose 2015

Golden Slipper winner Vancouver is the favourite to add Sydney’s first Group One race of the season to his resume.

The TAB has installed the unbeaten Gai Waterhouse-trained colt at $3.50 for the $1 million Golden Rose (1400m) on September 14.

The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Pride Of Dubai, winner of the Blue Diamond Stakes and ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes is at $8 with J J Atkins winner Press Statement from the Chris Waller stable at $11.

In her track notes on Tuesday, Waterhouse said Vancouver pleased rider Steve O’Halloran in a 1000m gallop, running his last 200m in 11.5 seconds.

Waterhouse later tweeted Vancouver would run in a barrier trial on Friday week.

The colt had four starts as a juvenile and will go to Coolmore Stud at the end of his three-year-old season as will Pride Of Dubai, his only rival for this season’s champion two-year-old honours.

Pride Of Dubai has also had four starts for his two Group One wins and two minor placings but has never met Vancouver on the racetrack.

Slipper runner-up English, a stablemate to Vancouver, is at $15 for the Golden Rose in a group which includes Lake Geneva who ran third in both the Blue Diamond and the Slipper.

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