The Group Two Vintage Stakes for two year-olds at Goodwood overnight was won in sensational style by undefeated colt Dark Vision, a son of Aquis shuttler Dream Ahead.
Trained by Mark Johnston, Dark Vision settled at the tail of the field after being slowly away and came with a late rush to win the seven furlong sprint running away by a length and three-quarters.
The win followed previous easy victories at Yarmouth and York stamping Dark Vision as a serious colt that is now quoted at just 20-1 for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas next year.
“I hadn’t thought beyond today,” said Mark Johnston.
“We had Dark Vision and Victory Command in nurseries. I wasn’t sure I was doing the right thing bypassing the handicap and coming to a Group 2 with this horse, but it has been the right decision.”
Dark Vision was a modest 15,000 guineas purchase from the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale for his trainer and runs for the Kingsley 10 syndicate which was created by Johnston.
Dark Vision is a half-brother to Stakes-placed Al Hayyah and is the best of three winners from Stakes-placed Dansili mare Black Dahlia.
He is the 19th stakes-winner for Dream Ahead, who returns to Aquis in the Hunter Valley this spring at a fee of $16,500.
Completely free of Danehill blood, Dream Ahead has proven a great match for Danehill line mares and Dark Vision is the eighth Stakes winner bred this way.
Dream Ahead is shaping up to be an outstanding young sire. He has sired 4.8% Stakes winners to runners with his first three crops and has an Average Earning Index (AEI) of 1.81 which puts him ahead of So You Think, Foxwedge and Smart Missile in terms of number of Stakes winners, % of Stakes winners to runners, and AEI.