Medaglia d'Oro - Skates, by Danehill
Coolmore Stud has announced to have purchased a controlling interest in the unbeaten Golden Slipper hero Vancouver, who will take up stud duties at its Hunter Valley property when his racing career is over.
"There was obviously a massive amount of interest in the horse so we are delighted to have secured him," said Tom Magnier. "He's a brilliant colt and we and our partners, who include the China Horse Club, Ramsey Pastoral and Vancouver Peters Investments, Coolmore couldn't be more excited about his future."
Several sources reported the deal to be valuing the horse at A$40 million, the highest price ever paid for a Golden Slipper winner. Vancouver becomes the second leading juvenile to be purchased by Coolmore this season as he joins G1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Pride Of Dubai (Aus) (Street Cry), the ante-post favorite for Saturday's G1 Sires' Produce Stakes.
"Vancouver, along with another of our recent investments, Pride Of Dubai, serve to illustrate the long-term commitment of Coolmore to the Australian breeding industry," Magnier continued. "Both of these wonderful racehorses were born and raised at our Jerrys Plains property in the Hunter Valley and are a ringing endorsement that there is no finer source of quality bloodstock."
An A$185,000 purchase by Gai Waterhouse and James Harron at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Vancouver won his first four starts for Francis and Barbara Kennedy and partners. His trainer had no qualms about starting him up in the Listed Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes last October, and the colt repaid that confidence in handsome fashion, defeating 10 rivals with his nearest pursuer 1 1/4 lengths adrift. Returning from a summer spell, Vancouver picked up where he left off and rallied from the back of the field to land the G3 Canonbury Stakes despite carrying a three kilo penalty.
His dominant win in the 1200-meter G2 Todman Stakes, in which he set a new record time for a 2-year-old at Randwick, placed him firmly at the top of the betting for the Golden Slipper, and he didn't let his many supporters down on the big day, making light weight of his wide outside draw to score by 3/4 length from his stablemate English (Aus) (Encosta de Lago). His time in Australia's richest juvenile contest equaled the record set by fellow Coolmore stallion and Waterhouse trainee Pierro (Aus) (Lonhro).
Currently out on a spell, Vancouver is expected to stay in training as a 3-year-old, when Waterhouse has announced that he will have the G1 Golden Rose Stakes, G1 Caulfield Guineas and G1 Cox Plate as his main objectives.
Extracts from Thoroughbred Daily News / James Harron Bloodstock (p)