Aidan O’Brien is considering running his exciting Australian recruit, Vancouver, in the Queen Anne Stakes, the opening race of Royal Ascot 2016.
Australia’s champion two-year old was brought by breeding giants Coolmore for $AU40million last year after winning the Group 1 Golden Slipper at Rosehill for trainer Gai Waterhouse; that fee made him most expensive winner of the showpiece event. Since then the colt has been transferred to Ballydoyle to be trained by Irish maestro O’Brien.
Earlier in the year Tom Magnier of Coolmore Australia said in the Racing Post: “Gai is adamant that Vancouver is a Royal Ascot horse and that’s where we’ll be aiming him.
“Gai and her team have done a wonderful job with him, as evidenced by his unforgettable two-year-old season, and let’s hope he does them proud on his travels.”
Vancouver impressing O’Brien ahead of Royal Ascot bid
Aidan O’Brien enjoyed a stunning Royal Ascot in 2015 and trained five winners including St James’s Palace Stakes winner Gleneagles and is targeting further success in 2016, starting with the Queen Anne Stakes.
O’Brien said: “He’s been with me three weeks and he’s doing one canter, he’ll step up to two and we’ll prepare him hopefully for Ascot.
“We’ll be thinking six furlongs or a mile with him. I thought he would be a miler and I’d be thinking about the Queen Anne, even though he has shown six-furlong pace in Australia.”
Royal Ascot has a huge reputation for attracting the best horses from all over the world, in 2015 the Queen Anne Stakes was won by superstar miler Solow and the prospect of the two meeting this season would certainly provide a blockbuster start to the Royal Meeting.
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