Vanbrugh stamped himself as a colt to follow through a standout Spring Carnival campaign last year, and trainer Chris Waller is confident the horse will be perfectly suited to the conditions of the 2016 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) upon resuming this time.
Vanbrugh has posted a commendable four wins and two minors through nine career starts so far and showed a clear affiliation with increased distances in spring; winning the All Too Hard @ Vinery BM70 (1600m) and Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) before taking out the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) most recently on October 10th.
Conceding the quality of the Spring Champion Stakes probably was not up to par in 2015, Waller told Sky Racing HQ he is confident the 2016 Rosehill Guineas against other three-year-olds is the ideal target for the Encosta De Lago colt this time.
“You can’t really hang your hat on winning a Spring Champion Stakes,” Waller said.
“We would love to win a Doncaster with him, but we are realistic about all our horses.
“The perfect race for him is the Rosehill Guineas.
“I would like to avoid Press Statement with him because I think that Press Statement is our trump card at the moment, so he would probably divert to an Australian Guineas on the same day as the Randwick Guineas, come back for the Rosehill Guineas and freshen up for the Doncaster.”
Vanbrugh immediately stamped himself as one to watch when successful in a Randwick minor over 1200m on debut last February but was returned to the paddock after failing to handle the late going and fifth in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m).
Resuming in winter for second in the McGrath Estate Agents Handicap (1200m), the colt out of Soho Secret ran fourth in a 1250m Canterbury sprint before placing sixth in the Listed The Rosebud (1200m) on August 8th.
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