Vancouver to reverse shuttle to Ashford Stud
Vancouver: covered first book of southern hemisphere mares this year
PICTURE: Getty Images Vancouver to reverse shuttle to America
By Zoe Vicarage 6:12PM 13 OCT 2016
GOLDEN SLIPPER winner Vancouver will reverse shuttle from Coolmore Australia to Coolmore's US branch at Ashford Stud in Kentucky for the 2017 breeding season.
Bred by Fairway Thoroughbreds and trained by Gai Waterhouse, he is out of the Listed-placed Danehill mare Skates and is a half-brother to the Grade 1-winning sprinter Juste Moment.
Vancouver transferred to the care of Aidan O'Brien for the 2016 season but failed to make the track before being retired to stud.
The four-year-old son of Medaglia D'Oro covered his first book of southern hemisphere mares at a fee of A$66,000 (£40,753/€45,203) earlier this year.
Ashford manager Dermot Ryan said: "I saw Vancouver in Australia last week and he's an exceptionally good-looking individual who should sire both racehorses and sales horses. I think US breeders will be very impressed when they see him.
"He's by a good sire in Medaglia D'Oro and is proving extremely fertile with nearly 50 mares already scanned in foal. Our sire sensation Uncle Mo was also an unbeaten champion juvenile at two, as was Shanghai Bobby whose first yearlings were very well received this fall and who Vancouver very much reminds me of. It all bodes very well for the future."
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