The Kosciuszko hopeful Ice In Vancouver ready for city test at Randwick

Trainer Cody Morgan knows Kosciuszko hopeful Ice In Vancouver still as plenty to prove but is confident his emerging country star can take the next step at Randwick this Saturday.

The emerging three-year-old is the $3 TAB fixed odd favourite in the City Tattersalls Club Handicap (1000m) after making a sensational start to his career in country grade.

Ice In Vancouver comes to town as a winner of three of his four career starts including an impressive 3¾-length triumph on home turf last start at Tamworth.

The only defeat of his career came when he finished a long last in last year’s The Kosciuszko but he was found to have suffered cardiac arrhythmia in the run.

Morgan is determined to see his classy son of Vancouver line up in the $1.3m country sprint again in 2021 but wants to see him measure up against city competition first, starting with Saturday’s assignment.

“We had him in the big one last year but this is his first opportunity to race nice city horses,” Morgan said.

“I am going down there realising he hasn't beaten anything yet but he has won well last start and I am glad we are going down there with 53kg.

“I am confident he can be competitive and beat good horses.

“We’ve just drawn a line through the better ones we’ve got at home and the horses he has worked with, some good gallopers in their own right like Wren’s Day and Mo’s Crown, would indicate he can measure up.”

Randwick was rated a Soft 7 on Thursday afternoon with more rain predicted in the 48 hours leading up to raceday.

Ice In Vancouver has won on a Soft 5 before and Morgan doesn’t expect the wet conditions to hamper his chances this weekend.

“I think he will handle the soft,” he said.

“It was a six when he won his maiden and I think if he is a genuine hope for the Kosciuszko you would want to be running top three in a race like this.

“It looks like a strong enough race with multiple chances but I am glad to be getting six or 8kg on the likes of Malkovich and Hulk.

“He will have to be at his best.”

Louise Day will pilot Ice In Vancouver on the weekend as Morgan looks to continue his stable’s strong season which has already produced 42 winners.

“It‘s our best season to date,” Morgan said.

“We started the season with a target of 50 winners and $1m in prizemoney. We've got the prizemoney but just need a few more winners so hoping for a big couple of months.”

Morgan confirmed stablemate Anethole will line up next week.

Originally published asCountry star to test his city credentials

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