Vancouver Colt Wins South African G2

Tara Madgwick - Saturday October 3

Golden Slipper winning sire Vancouver had a productive Saturday with promising filly Vancity Gem keeping her unbeaten record intact in Adelaide, talented Vangelic finishing third in the Group I ATC Flight Stakes and in South Africa his quality colt Mount Pleasant 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.

Mount Pleasant as a yearling

Bred by Makybe, Mount Pleasant is the fourth winner from Life in a Metro, a winning three-quarter sister by Fasnet Rock to Group I winners Absolutely and Abbey Marie from the family of Group I ATC Doncaster Handicap winner Nettoyer.

Lime Country Thoroughbreds sold a Snitzel colt from Life in a Metro at Magic Millions this year for $170,000.

Sadly for Makybe, Life in a Metro died earlier this year and her last foal is a yearling colt by Sebring.

Vancouver has sired stakes-winners in Australia, USA and South Africa from his first crops in both hemispheres and stands at Coolmore at a fee of $33,000 this spring.



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