Golden future for Raheen
Peter Moody’s outstanding sprinter Golden Archer has been purchased to stand at Raheen Stud in Queensland.
Moody retired Golden Archer after the flying sprinter was galloped on during the G1 The Galaxy (1100m). “The injury wasn’t severe, however, we decided the time was right,” Moody explained. “Golden Archer has been great for our team. Only Black Caviar has won more black type races for the stable in the last couple of years.”
Golden Archer was a precocious colt winning juvenile stakes races at Flemington and Moonee Valley and he trained on to win the G3 McNeil Stakes at three and LR The Heath 1100 as a four year-old at Caulfield.
He was part of a ground-breaking Group 1 trifecta for Moody in this year’s Lightning Stakes when Black Caviar broke the 1000 metre track-record at Flemington. She clocked 55.42 seconds down the straight course and stablemates Moment Of Change (Barely A Moment) and Golden Archer (Rock Of Gibraltar) also ran time chasing the champion mare home.
In another vote of confidence, Moody will stay in Golden Archer at stud. Even at the height of Black Caviar hysteria, he still found time for his other stable favourite. “Golden Archer is just a professional racehorse. A tremendous horse. He’s done very little wrong throughout his career.”
Moody had flexed his juvenile muscle with a strong two year-old team in 2010-11. By the time Golden Archer made his debut in the Western Health Sponsors Plate (1100m) at Flemington in December, Moody had already sent a half-dozen youngsters to the races.
The strapping colt had admirers on debut and Luke Nolen allowed him to quickly stride up alongside Darley colt Ardennais. Asked to extend, Golden Archer dropped the leader and cleared out to a comprehensive two length victory.
“He’s the best youngster of the large number to have passed through to stable to date,” stable manager Jeff O’Connor said. “He’s been the benchmark for our two-year-olds at home and he has brought that here on raceday.”
Golden Archer was just as impressive next time out on Boxing Day winning up front by another couple of lengths at Caulfield. “He’s still having a look around,” Moody said. “And Luke knew there was no value trying to gap them.”