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Rush for Golden Archers

Victorian breeder David Johnson picked up a Golden Archer bargain at the Magic Millions Foal Sale on the Gold Coast last month.

Johnson operates Rushton Park and he pin-hooked the Golden Archer colt from Alyssa Jean (Dodge).  The mare is a winning half-sister to the stakes winners Conquered Dream (LR Turffontein Derby Trial) and ill-fated sprinter War Of The Worlds who won the G3 HK Premier Bowl at Sha Tin racing as Royal Delight.

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Busy season ahead for Golden Archer

Golden Archer is gearing up for his third book this year after averaging 100 mares in his first two seasons at Raheen Stud.

“He covered about 20 more mares last year than his first-up book,” Raheen studmaster Basil Nolan Jnr said.

“That increase was due to our existing clients being joined by new breeders who have all seen the quality of his foals.

“Golden Archer is a cracking individual and so are his foals. They’re strong types with plenty of muscle and look like they will go early. He’s a perfect fit for QTIS.”

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Captain caps successful week at Doomben

Captain Sonador capped off a successful week at the Magic Millions QTIS Sale with another promising city winner on Saturday.

His filly Dream Finnish staged a last-to-first finish along the fence to claim the Mater Dei Hcp (1350m) at Doomben.  She defeated the favourite Montana Star (Reward For Effort) by more than a length.

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Magic Millions QTIS Sale

Raheen Stud finished second for turnover among vendors at the Gold Coast QTIS Sale on March 16 and 17.  Gross returns for 24 yearlings at the end of two sessions was $715,000 at an average of $29,792.

Eagle Farm trainer Desleigh Foster topped buyers with three purchases for $110,000.  Top of the trio at $60,000 Captain Sonador sister to I’m Belucci.

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Glory days at Gold Coast

Brilliant Raheen Stud bred sprinter Rocket to Glory sent his earnings past $750,000 with a gutsy, front-running victory in the Carbine Club Stakes (1200m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

He was a $20,000 graduate from Raheen’s draft at the 2010 Magic Millions QTIS Sale and his 13th victory was perfectly timed – coming just a couple of days before the 2015 QTIS Sale.

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