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Vancouver Colt Maintains His Unbeaten Record

Coolmore’s G1 Golden Slipper winning sire Vancouver looks to have produced a cracking colt from his very first crop in the form of Mount Pleasant.

The latter made it three wins from as many starts when defeating a top-class field to win the G2 Joburg Spring Challenge (1450m) at Turffontein on Saturday.

It was a win full of merit, with the Mike de Kock trained colt having his first outing since he won the G2 World Sports Betting SA Nursery back in June.

Mount Pleasant was sent off a 27-20 shot, with the three-year-old set to receive chunks of weight from his older rivals.

However, there was a delay to the running of the Joburg Spring Challenge as first Riverstown broke through the starting stalls and had to be reloaded, before Astrix was a last-minute scratching.

The favourite was given a fine ride by Callan Murray (the only rider to have ridden Mount Pleasant thus far), with Murray keeping his mount just off the early pace set by the well fancied Cirillo (57-20).

The consistent Cirillo kept finding in front, as first Riverstown, and then Mount Pleasant challenged the Sean Tarry trained five-year-old.

While Cirillo managed to shrug off Riverstown, he was unable to hold off with Mount Pleasant, and the latter went on to register a one-length win. Cirillo, who was conceding the winner 8kgs, was game back in second, with Cirillo’s G1 winning stablemate Chimichuri Run taking third -to give trainer Sean Tarry the 2-3 finishers in the Joburg Spring Challenge.

“Mount Pleasant is a horse of international quality. He’ll win a Gr1 in Australia, of that I have no doubt. To do what he did here was amazing. I’ve never seen him blowing like this, but he deserved to blow if you look at the horses behind him!” stated de Kock on his website.

Mount Pleasant is owned by Dave MacLean, who has enjoyed a good run of success in the yard and Mike said: “Dave’s invested in horseracing. He’s put his money down, he deserves a horse like this.”

Mount Pleasant, who claimed his second consecutive graded win in a time of 88.32, was a $90 000 buy from the 2019 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1.

He is one of six stakes horses to have emerged, thus far, from Vancouver’s first crop, with Mount Pleasant’s dam Life In A Metro being a winning Fastnet Rock half-sister to G1 winners Abbey Marie and Absolutely.