Eight for Vancouver

Mark Smith - Sunday June 21

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Narvaez has been on an upward trajectory since making his debut at Moonee Valley last November and the stable has ambitious plans for the son of Vancouver following his fighting win in a 1600 metre maiden at Bendigo on Sunday.  

With Craig Williams in the saddle Narvaez defeated the Street Boss (USA) gelding Galactic Fury by a short-half-head with a further two and a quarter lengths back to the Redoute’s Choice colt Confrontational in third.

Purchased by Gai Waterhouse Racing / Adrian Bott for $300,000 out of the Lime Country draft at the Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Narvaez was making his fifth start having finished seventh in a 1000m scamper around Moonee Valley on November 30 before filling the same spot over 1200m at Randwick three weeks later. Given a let-up he placed over 1100 metres on the Kensington track at Randwick and at Hawkesbury before showing his appreciation for the extended distance at Bendigo.Narvaez (inside) toughs it out to break his maiden (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

The son of Vancouver is the sixth foal of Headway (Charge Forward) who was honoured as the Champion 2YO Filly in Australia in 2008/09.

Headways four wins included the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes and she was runner-up in the Golden Slipper.

Narvaez becomes the 8th first crop winner for Coolmore Stud’s Vancouver who has had a productive weekend after Exhibition opened his winning account over 1500m at Randwick on Saturday.


Race Result - Welcome Back Owners Hcp 1600m

Bendigo Track: Soft(7) Time: 1:40.08
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: Craig Williams 60
2c Vancouver (AUS) x Headway (AUS) (Charge Forward (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $300,000
V:Lime Country Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd, Burradoo
B: Gai Waterhouse Racing / Adrian Bott
Galactic Fury
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: Jye McNeil 61
2g Street Boss (USA) x Buratti (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
T: Jason Warren J: Clayton Douglas 60.5
2c Redoute's Choice (AUS) x Zastava (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $250,000
V:Baramul Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Jason Warren Racing/Peregrine Bloodstock
Energy Within
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig J: L Nolen 58.5
2f Toronado (IRE) x Hidden Energy (AUS) (Dehere (USA))
Pepper's Ghost
T: M Ellerton & S Zahra J: M Rodd 59.5
2g Al Maher (AUS) x Royal Illusion (AUS) (New Approach (IRE))
T: Brian Lawlor J: Neil Farley 57.5
2f Fighting Sun (AUS) x Weekend Hussy (AUS) (Husson (ARG))
Inglis Online June $2,500
V:Luke Koumi
B: L Lawlor
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale Session 1 $15,000
V:Daisy Hill Doreen Vic
B: Kennewell Racing / Group 1 Bloodstock
Smiling Dancer
T: C V Kelly J: H Coffey 58.5
2c Wandjina (AUS) x Sassy Vixen (NZ) (Towkay (AUS))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $15,000
V:Goodwood Farm, Murrurundi, NSW
B: C Kelly
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