Great Saturday for Vancouver
Golden Slipper winning sire Vancouver had a productive Saturday with promising filly Vancity Gem (3f Vancouver x Precious Gem, Econsul) keeping her unbeaten record intact in Adelaide, talented Vangelic (3f Vancouver x Angel Bee, by Pins) finishing third in the Group I ATC Flight Stakes and in South Africa his quality colt Mount Pleasant (3c Vancouver x Life in a Metro, by Fastnet Rock) resumed from a spell to win the Group II Johannesburg Spring Challenge (1450m) at Turffontein.
The Mike de Kock trained colt won both of his starts last season at two including the Group II South African Nursery, but was set a task in this assignment stepping up in distance and taking on older horses at weight-for-age.
He was sent out favourite and scored by a length to keep his record perfect at three for three.
A $90,000 Inglis Premier purchase from the draft of Two Bays Farm for Form Bloodstock, Mount Pleasant is a half-brother to stakes-placed Quantum Mechanic.
Bred by Makybe, Mount Pleasant is the fourth winner from Life in a Metro, a winning three-quarter sister by Fastnet Rock to Group I winners Absolutely and Abbey Marie from the family of Group I ATC Doncaster Handicap winner Nettoyer.
Vancouver has sired stakes-winners in Australia, USA and South Africa from his first crops in both hemispheres and stands at a fee of $30,250 this spring.