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Vancouver To Appreciate Further: Berry

Tuesday, 18th August 2015

Sydney jockey Tommy Berry is confident that boom colt Vancouver (Medaglia d'Oro-Skates, by Danehill) can bounce back from his first-up defeat in Saturday's Gr3 San Domenico Stakes at Rosehill especially when he steps up in distance. The Golden Slipper winner was unable to sprint with the likes of eventual winner Japonisme and runner-up King's Troop when the pressure was applied but Berry put that down to the horse looking for further and also the big weight. "I thought he went well. He had to do a bit of work in the early stages and with 60kg on his back it always makes it tough," Berry told RSNs Shane Anderson yesterday. "He was outsprinted a little at the top of the straight but held his ground late. They ran home in 33.5 seconds...it was a pretty slick time so I was pretty pleased with his effort." He added: "He will obviously be better suited over a bit further this preparation and at level weights. He pulled up very well from the run which is the most pleasing thing." Trainer Gai Waterhouse has Gr1 targets such as the Caulfield Guineas (1600m) and Cox Plate (2040m) picked out for Vancouver and Berry believes the son of Medaglia d'Oro will improve once he gets out to a mile and beyond. "Last preparation he was obviously winning over short trips but we always felt that he would be better over further." He added: "He feels like he's mentally tougher and physically stronger so I don't think he will have any trouble getting over a trip. His next few runs will tell the tale."

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