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Vancouver: never made the track for Aidan O'Brien

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Stud career beckons for Vancouver after setback

VANCOUVER, who had been as short as 10-1 for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, will miss the race after connections decided not to persevere with plans to run last year's Group 1 Golden Slipper winner against the best sprinters in Europe this season.

Instead, the Coolmore-owned sprinter will embark on a career at stud in his native Australia, having failed to make the track for Aidan O'Brien.

Formerly trained by Gai Waterhouse in Sydney, Vancouver was due to make his debut for O'Brien in the Group 2 Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh on May 21, but was ruled out of the race with an unsatisfactory blood picture and that setback has ultimately cost him a chance of competing in Europe.

"His bloods failed to improve as quickly as we might have hoped so he missed more work last week and this week," said O'Brien. "Unfortunately we've now run out of time to get him ready for the Diamond Jubilee and the July Cup.

"It's very disappointing as he looked very special on what we'd seen of him at home and we were looking forward to running him."

Heading home

Outlining plans for  his new career at stud, Coolmore Australia's Tom Magnier said: "It's a major disappointment that Vancouver won't be running at Royal Ascot but he is proving very popular with breeders so we're keen to get him here as soon as possible.

"He'll enter quarantine in Newmarket next week and will be on the farm here in Coolmore Australia by mid-July."

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