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Queen Anne Target For Vancouver
Aidan O'Brien is considering the Gr1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot as the first-up assignment for exciting Australian recruit Vancouver, reports At The Races. Vancouver (Medaglia d'Oro-Skates, by Danehill) was transferred from Gai Waterhouse to Coolmore's world famous Ballydoyle stables in January to pursue a northern hemisphere career and, hopefully, to secure his future as an international stallion. The 3YO was purchased by a syndicate headed by Coolmore Stud for a reported $40 million following his victory in last year's Gr1 Golden Slipper, making him the most expensive Slipper winner ever sold to stud. "He's been with me three weeks and he's doing one canter, he'll step up to two and we'll prepare him hopefully for Ascot," O'Brien said. "We'll be thinking six furlongs or a mile with him. I thought he would be a miler and I'd be thinking about the Queen Anne, even though he has shown six-furlong pace in Australia." Vancouver hails from one of the most successful families in the Australian Studbook. 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.