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Barrier No Concern For Vancouver
Trainer Gai Waterhouse remains confident that Golden Slipper favourite Vancouver can deliver her a sixth success in the world's richest juvenile race at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, despite the unbeaten colt drawing poorly in barrier 18. "It won't stop the horse winning, he doesn't know he has barrier 18," Waterhouse told the Sydney Morning Herald. "It will keep him out of the skirmish early on." She added, "From out there he can do what he likes - he can go forward or back. He can do anything." Waterhouse has an excellent record in the Slipper, with Ha Ha, Dance Hero, Sebring, Pierro and Overreach providing her with five winner to date. Tellingly though, each of those winners drew very favourably jumping from barriers 1-5 with the exception of Ha Ha who started from gate 11. Yesterday's barrier draw was much kinder to the Godolphin team , with Haptic, Ottoman, Furnaces and Exosphere, drawing 3, 8, 1 and 10 respectively. Exosphere, Godolphin's top choice, may now even challenge Vancouver for favouritism. "That is the perfect draw for him," Godolphin racing manager Jason Walsh said. "He is a big horse and that will give him his chance to get a bit of cover and come down the centre of the track late." Walsh added, "In a Golden Slipper to have them all draw inside 10 is very pleasing." The Golden Slipper will be run at 4:30pm (AEDT) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.