Vancouver at Ballydoyle

Undefeated Champion two-year-old Vancouver has settled in well at Ballydoyle and trainer Aidan O’Brien hopes to send him to the Gr.2 Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh on Irish Guineas weekend before targeting the Gr.1 Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot.

“We are very excited about him, but we’ve not got a lot of time as we know he is going back to Australia after the July Cup,” said the trainer. “What we have pencilled in with him is the Greenlands. We are probably going to go there on a fact-finding mission, but he is very exciting at home.

“He is a powerhouse of a horse when you see the size of him. When you look at what he did as a two-year-old in Australia, you would be surprised that he did it when you see him.

“It is probably going to take a little bit of time to adjust. He hasn’t been away from home. It’s going to be his first day away but if he is going to go to Ascot, we feel he needs to get competitive fairly quickly.

“He is only going to be ready for a racecourse gallop, but he has got to have a race if he is going to be ready for Royal Ascot, where he will probably go for the Diamond Jubilee.”

Once Vancouver’s European campaign finishes in July he will retire to Coolmore Australia for 2016.

Click here to watch the Golden Slipper winner at Ballydoyle.

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