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Mark September 12 In The Black Book
As momentum grows towards the Victorian Spring Carnival, racing aficionados in Sydney are likely to experience one of the best feature races of the new season long before then. On September 12, last season's Gr1 Golden Slipper winner, Vancouver, and Gr1 Blue Diamond winner, Pride Of Dubai, are expected to face off in the Gr1 Golden Rose against a likely star-studded field. With the Chris Waller-trained Press Statement set to trial this morning in preparation for his seasonal return in the $1 million feature, the big 3YO event is looking anything like a gimme for Vancouver or Pride Of Dubai. According to theinformant.co.nz, Press Statement, who is likely to be restricted to sprinting features, thrived in Queensland's warmer weather, putting on weight after scoring in the Gr1 JJ.Atkins in Brisbane. The Golden Rose honour board comprises some big names, with recent winners including Hallowed Crown, Zoustar, Epaulette, Manawanui, Toorak Toff, Denman, Duporth & Forensics.