Archer a main attraction for QTIS

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Raheen Stud’s incoming sire Golden Archer has struck a chord with Queensland breeders leading up to his first season at stud.
“He was a precocious two year-old stakes winner in Melbourne and that’s an obvious attraction,” Raheen’s Basil Nolan jnr declared.  “He won five juvenile races and that included black-type events at Flemington and Moonee Valley.

“If ever a horse looked a readymade QTIS stallion – it’s Golden Archer – and that’s been reflected by the bookings.”

Another factor in his favour is the Danehill – Snippets cross which is also responsible for high-flying sire Snitzel (Arrowfield Stud) and up-and-coming stallion Hinchinbrook (Yarraman Park).

Captain Sonador has covered large books in his first two seasons at Raheen and Nolan makes a succinct case for the Group 1 Epsom Hcp winner.  “He’s the highest rated miler to retire to stud in Queensland since Show A Heart.  And he’s by Shamardal who is going from strength-to-strength on the world stage.”

Captain Sonador’s first crop will be catalogued for the 2014 Magic Millions yearling sale.  If his National Sale foals are any guide, next year’s prices will be a pleasing preview for broodmare owners who support him this spring.

Fellow Raheen stallion Publishing launched a late-season surge that saw him credited with 8 first-season winners in 2012-13.  He was the surprise packet among Australia’s newcomers finishing fourth in the first-season winners’ category behind Northern Meteor, Sebring and Real Saga.

“We were thrilled and it was very encouraging to see all those winners come along at the back-end of the season,” Raheen’s Basil Nolan jnr declared.  “He has a bright future at stud because it’s pretty obvious his progeny will only get better when they mature as three year-olds.”

The positive feedback from trainers has confirmed the Publishings could be on the threshold of something special as three year-olds.  Singapore based Steven Burridge believes his Kranji winner Golden Knight can claim a feature race in the future and, closer to home, Toowoomba trainer Michael Nolan rates his Treasure Map very highly.

Another Publishing will ability in Singapore is Loyalty Stable’s Fantastic News.  He caught the eye in July when placed behind Rusty Brown (NZ) on debut at Kranji.

Raheen stallions are available at the following fees; Golden Archer ($6,600), Captain Sonador ($11,000) and Publishing ($4,400).  All service fees (inc gst).