Coolmore Stud first-season Vancouver (Medaglia d’Oro) sired his sixth first-crop winner and first outside Australia when the Mike De Kock-trained Mount Pleasant (2 c ex Life In A Metro by Fastnet Rock) prevailed in a close finish in the Stay Safe With A Mask Juvenile Plate (1100m) at Turffontein on Saturday.
The two-year-old colt stayed on well to beat Slalom Queen (Querari) by a head with another length and a half back to Harry’s Secret (Judpot).
Bred by Makybe Racing & Breeding and purchased by Form Bloodstock for $90,000 from the draft of Two Bays Farm at the 2019 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, the well-bred colt is out of winning Fastnet Rock (Danehill) mare Life In A Metro, whose four foals to race have all been winners.
Life In A Metro herself is a half-sister to Group 1-winning duo Abbey Marie (Redoute’s Choice) and Absolutely (Redoute’s Choice) and Group 3 winner Runaway (Manhattan Rain).
Further back this is the family of Grade 1 winner Kinshasa No Kiseki (Fuji Kiseki), Group 1 winner Nettoyer (Sebring) and Group 3 winner She’s Clean (Redoute’s Choice).
Life In A Metro’s Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) yearling was purchased by Kelly Schweida for $170,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale earlier this year and in 2019 she produced a colt by late Widden Stud-based sire Sebing (More Than Ready).
Vancouver’s first-crop also contains four stakes performers and he will stand the 2020 season at Coolmore Stud $30,250 (inc GST), having stood the 2019 term for $44,000 (inc GST).
Australian bred MOUNT PLEASANT ( VANCOUVER x LIFE IN A METRO) got up on the line to win on debut today at #Turffontein #HorseRacing— Racing Guru (@RacingGuru) June 6, 2020
Owner: Mr D D MacLean
Trainer: Mike de Kock
Breeder: @MAKYBE_Racing Makybe Racing & Breeding, Vic pic.twitter.com/TvdCzF0teP