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Vancouver Retired To Stud

Friday, 3rd June 2016

Royal Ascot plans for former champion Australian 2YO Vancouver have been aborted with the decision made to immediately retire him to stud, reports Sky Sports. Vancouver (Medaglia d'Oro-Skates, by Danehill) was transferred from Gai Waterhouse to Coolmore's world famous Ballydoyle stables 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. Coolmore had hoped Vancouver would run in the Gr1 Golden Jubilee Stakes at the royal meeting, but he missed an intended prep run in the Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh following unsatisfactory blood results and time has now called on his racing career. "His bloods failed to improve as quickly as we might have hoped so he missed more work last week and this week," said Aidan O'Brien. "Unfortunately we've now run out of time to get him ready for the Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot and the July Cup." He added: "It's very disappointing as he looked very special on what we'd seen of him at home and we were looking forward to running him." Vancouver will return to Australia to commence stud duties later in the year. Coolmore Australia's Tom Magnier said: "It's a major disappointment that Vancouver won't be running at Royal Ascot but he is proving very popular with breeders so we're keen to get him here as soon as possible." Magnier added: "He'll enter quarantine in Newmarket next week and will be on the farm here in Coolmore Australia by mid-July."


Vancouver (image: Steve Hart)
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