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Vancouver Wins Gr1 Golden Slipper
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Darley's multiple Gr1-winning shuttler Medaglia d'Oro (El Prado-Cappucino Bay, by Bailjumper) celebrated his 13th Gr1 winner when outstanding 2YO colt Vancouver (Medaglia d'Oro-Skates, by Danehill) scored by 0.8-length for trainer Gai Waterhouse in the $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m) for 2YOs, over 2YO filly and stable-mate English (Encosta de Lago-Court, by Anabaa) & 2YO filly Lake Geneva (Fastnet Rock-Hips Don't Lie, by Stravinsky). The unbeaten Vancouver, who was purchased by Waterhouse and James Harron Bloodstock for $185,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Coolmore Stud, took his record to 4 wins (including the Gr2 Todman Stakes, Gr3 Canonbury Stakes & Listed Breeders' Plate) from 4 starts for $2,362,000 earnings. Vancouver's victory marked a special milestone in the training career of Gai Waterhouse, who equalled the record of her legendary father Tommy Smith in training her sixth Golden Slipper winner. "I always had confidence in the colt," Waterhouse told the Sydney Morning Herald. "Dad would've been so proud of him, because he is exactly what he looks for in a horse. He just ticked every box, all the way along. Every time they said he couldn't, he did." Waterhouse went on to describe the influence her father had on her. "The last words Dad said to me were, 'You make a man sick. You can't train two-year-olds', then he passed away two days later." She added, "After I thought I'm never going to let that be my thing. That was a driving force for me." The connections of the beautifully bred Vancouver are now assured of a lucrative stud deal for their colt. Being a son of Medaglia d'Oro, it would not surprise if Darley stepped in to secure Vancouver to stand alongside his father at the end of his racing career. Vancouver's distaff page, though, means that whichever farm wants him will have to pay a premium. He is a half-brother to Gr1 winner Juste Momente (Giant's Causeway) and Listed winner Captain Coltish (Fusaichi Pegasus) from the Danehill mare Skates, a grey daughter of top-class racemare Skating. A winner of the Gr1 Doncaster Handicap and Gr1 Coolmore Classic, Skating (At Talaq) has gone on to be just as successful at stud producing Gr3 Skyline Stakes winner Murtajill, Canonbury Stakes winner Bradbury's Luck, and June Stakes winner Sunset Run.