Exclusive: Unbeaten Golden Slipper winner Vancouver set to be sold to Hunter Valley stud for $40m   Leave a comment

Exclusive: Unbeaten Golden Slipper winner Vancouver set to be sold to Hunter Valley stud for $40m

Tommy Berry celebrates winning the Golden Slipper on Vancouver.

Tommy Berry celebrates winning the Golden Slipper on Vancouver. Source: News Corp Australia

ONE of the Hunter Valley’s leading thoroughbred studs is expected to complete the purchase of unbeaten Golden Slipper winner Vancouver this week in a deal which values the colt at more than $40 million.

Vancouver, the Gai Waterhouse-trained two-year-old, has become the most valuable potential stallion prospect in the southern hemisphere since his outstanding Golden Slipper win earlier this month.

A number of major national and international thoroughbred breeding operations have been negotiating to buy the colt in the last week but The Daily Telegraph understands a NSW stud farm is about to clinch the deal.

Waterhouse was tight-lipped about the proposed sale, which is understandable given the commercial sensitivity of negotiations and the sheer size of the deal, but a breeding industry source said the colt’s purchase should be completed within days.

It is understood that Vancouver will race on next season with Waterhouse already declaring her ambition to set the colt for an unprecedented Golden Rose-Caulfield Guineas-Cox Plate Group 1 treble in the spring.

Vancouver won his only four starts this season in the Breeders Plate, Canonbury Stakes, Todman Stakes and Golden Slipper to earn $2.33 million prizemoney and almost certainly clinch the Champion Two-year-old title.

The colt is by super stallion Medaglia D’Oro, a multiple Group 1 winner himself and the sire of freakish American filly Rachel Alexandra, out of Skates, and was sold for $185,000i at the 2014 Magic Millions Yearling Sale.

Vancouver is an imposing individual and combined with his regal bloodlines and now proven racetrack ability, it was only a matter of time before he was sold for stud duties.

The good news for Australian race fans is that we will see more of Vancouver on the racetrack as a three-year-old and if Waterhouse is right, the colt’s best racetrack performances are ahead of him.

“If Vancouver going for the triple crown races this autumn, the colt would not be going to the spelling paddock for another month or so,’’ Waterhouse told The Daily Telegraph last week when explained the decision to spell the youngster after his Golden Slipper win.

“By turning him out now he can have a longer break and still enjoy the warm weather before winter comes. He will be a better horse for it in the spring.’’

Originally published as Vancouver to be sold for $40m

Posted March 30, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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