June 1, 2017
A record breaking Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale this week at the Gold Coast highlighted keen demand for mares in…View Article
December 26, 2016
A brilliant undefeated Champion Australian 2YO by leading North American sire Medaglia D’Oro, Vancouver has arrived safely at Ashford Stud…View Article
October 13, 2016
Unbeaten Champion juvenile Vancouver will reverse shuttle from Coolmore Australia to Coolmore America’s Ashford Stud for the 2017 breeding season.…View Article
June 9, 2016
Magic Millions Digest… As I write, the Magic Millions National Sale is just drawing to a close. What an incredible…View Article
In an epic 2014-15 season, Australian racing was fortunate that the 2YO scene was dominated by a pair of very talented, well-bred colts in Vancouver and Pride of Dubai. It was the imposing Vancouver who was rated the better, topping the Australian Classifications by 2lb. In the process he staked his claim to being considered the best son of American stallion Medaglia d’Oro. Vancouver owed his champion status to an unbeaten record of four wins, culminating in the Gr.1 Golden Slipper Stakes – a race which has long been considered a natural stepping stone to stallion success. Like the super-star Frankel and the champion European 2YO Teofilo, he was sired by a member of the Sadler’s Wells male line from a daughter of Danehill.
The MR. PROSPECTOR sire line is very appealing for Vancouver. This line works very well with both Medaglia d’Oro and Danehill. Much of Medaglia d’Oro’s success has been founded on the FORTY NINER branch. His brilliant daughters Rachel Alexandra, Songbird and Elate all have sons of Forty Niner as their broodmare sire, and one of those sons, DISTORTED HUMOR, is also the broodmare sire of the Gr.1 winner New Money Honey and of two Gr.2 winners. Medaglia d’Oro has also worked well with GONE WEST and his sons MR GREELEY and GRAND SLAM; with KINGMAMBO and his son LEMON DROP KID; and with MACHIAVELLIAN, SEEKING THE GOLD and SMART STRIKE. He also excelled with THUNDER GULCH, siring two Gr.1 winners. As Teofilo sired a dual Gr.1 winner from a THUNDER GULCH mare, this is an avenue worth exploring with Vancouver.
STORM CAT sired the second dams of two of Medaglia d’Oro’s Gr.1 winners, Mshawish and Violence, and the precocious Vancouver should sire talented 2YO’s from this line. Teofilo has a Gr.1-winning 2YO with a dam by GIANT’S CAUSEWAY. SCAT DADDY mares should help reinforce Vancouver’s considerable 2YO talent.
Other stallions out of Danehill mares have Gr.1 winners inbred 4×4 to DANZIG. This suggests that VANCOUVER is a possible mate for grand-daughters of DANZIG, by such as EXCHANGE RATE, HARD SPUN and WAR FRONT. These create only 4×3 to DANZIG.
Three sons of SEATTLE SLEW appear among the broodmare sires of Medaglia d’Oro’s Graded winners, including A.P. INDY, whose daughters produced the Gr.1 winners Bolt d’Oro, Plum Pretty and Dickinson. The A.P. Indy stallions with Mr Prospector blood, such as MALIBU MOON, BERNARDINI, PULPIT, MINESHAFT and CONGRATS, should therefore suit Vancouver.
The similarly-bred Teofilo has a fine record with mares from the BLUSHING GROOM male line, siring Gr.2 winners from daughters of RAHY, RAINBOW QUEST, GROOM DANCER and QUEST FOR FAME. Frankel has also sired one of his first Group winners from another RAHY mare.
Medaglia d’Oro’s achievements with the ROBERTO line include Gr.1 and Gr.2 winners out of KRIS S. mares so this line merits serious consideration for Vancouver.
1st ATC Golden Slipper Stakes-Gr.1, 6f., Rosehill, from English, Exosphere & Speak Fondly and Headwater.
1st ATC Todman Stakes-Gr.2, 6f., Randwick, from Furnaces and Headwater by 3 lengths.
1st ATC Canonbury Stakes-Gr.3, 5½f., Rosehill, from Outreach and Chamarel.
1st ATC Breeders’ Plate-L, 5f., Randwick, from Sooboog and Wolf Cry
Timeform 122p – The highest-rated 2yo of his generation