Trainer Chris Waller has underlined the 2016 Epsom Handicap (1600m) as the likely major Spring Carnival goal for classy middle-distance specialist Vanbrugh.
A Group 1 winner, Vanbrugh clearly needed the run when returning to racing this time for tenth in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m), but responded well in running sixth in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) and fourth in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) most notably.
Waller has exceptional record in the Epsom Handicap and has saddled the three most recent winners of the feature race in Boban (2013), He’s Your Man (2014) and Winx (2015), and is confident Vanbrugh has the makings of a serious prospect.
“With his turn of foot, better tracks are key for Vanbrugh and he would be very competitive at Randwick where he won as a two-year-old and this season in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes,” Waller said in a release.
“I think 1600 to 2000 metres is potentially his best trip and obviously more success at the highest level will enhance the stud prospects of an already valuable colt.”
Vanbrugh immediately stamped himself as a colt to follow upon debuting to racing for success in the ATC Employee Long Service Maiden (1200m) on February 18th before making a competitive transition to black type company for fifth in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m).
Resuming in late winter for second in a Rosehill minor over 1200m, the Encosta De Lago colt failed to fire in his next two starts, prompting Waller to change courses with the three-year-old.
Returning to winning form in the All Too Hard @ Vinery BM70 (1600m), Vanbrugh charged home to win the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) before producing undoubtedly a career-best performance to date to win the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) on October 10th.
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