Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing

Vangelic ready to answer The Invitation

 

Vangelic (Photo by Ashlea Brennan)

 

Words: Ray Thomas
Source: Racenet

Trainer Adrian Bott is adamant classy mare Vangelic isn’t carrying any mental or physical scars from her horror last start loss into the inaugural $2 million The Invitation (1400m) at Rolyal Randwick on Saturday.

Vangelic suffered severe interference on the home turn of the Silver Eagle when leader Triple Ace suffered a catastrophic injury. Jockey Tim Clark eased Vangelic out of the race as the mare trailed the field home many lengths behind the winner Aim. But Bott, who trains in partnership with Gai Waterhouse, allayed any injury concerns with Golden Pendant winner Vangelic going into The Invitation.

Vangelic has been good, she hasn’t missed any work and is showing her usual enthusiasm,” Bott said.

“She was severely hampered and was taken completely out of play but Tim looked after her and eased her out of the race. The incident took the wind out of both their sails but fortunately neither the mare nor Tim were hurt. She wasn’t galloped on during the incident and was straight back into work the next day.”

Vangelic was one of the first mares invited into 12-horse The Invitation field and is at $11 in latest TAB Fixed Odds betting behind boom New Zealand mare Entriviere at $2.50 favouritism. Meanwhile, Bott gave an update on the stable’s spring carnival Group 1 winners Never Been Kissed (Flight Stakes) and In The Congo (Golden Rose). Never Been Kissed has been spelled after her game second to the talented Profondo in the Spring Champion Stakes but In The Congo is being prepared for the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington on Derby Day.

“We just felt it might have been too much of an ask to keep Never Been Kissed going this spring, she did a great job in her first preparation, but In The Congo continues to do so well and we are pressing on to the Coolmore. He will have a jump-out at Flemington on Friday.” Bott said.

 

 

 
 

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