7th September 2020 Two for Vancouver
Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner Vancouver (Medaglia d’Oro) brought up his first Australian stakes winner and his second overall yesterday when Night Raid (3 f ex Raid by Pins) took out the Atlantic Jewel Stakes (Listed, 1200m) at Moonee Valley. Night Raid, a $160,000 purchase by Sheamus Mills Bloodstock and Mick Price Racing at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, entered yesterday’s contest off a seven-length Tatura maiden win and was sent out as $3.50 favourite. Ridden patiently by Mark Zahra, she was travelling on the turn but was short of room. When the gap came, she sprinted through strongly to defeat Aidensfield (Dissident) by a neck with Dirty Thoughts (So You Think) a nose away in third. Vancouver, whose first stakes winner was South African Group 2 winner Mount Pleasant, is standing for $30,250 (inc GST) at Coolmore Australia this year.
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