Busy season ahead for Golden Archer

Sunday, 31 May 2015


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.”


A precocious sprinter for champion trainer Peter Moody, Golden Archer won five times as a two-year-old, including Listed events at Flemington, Caulfield and Moonee Valley.


“He was the benchmark for our babies that year,” Moody recalled.


“He was fast, strong, tough and won those early races on raw ability, which says a lot for his character.”


Golden Archer trained on as a three-year­ old to win the Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes at Caulfield and, in his final campaign, was Group 1-placed behind Black Caviar in the Lightning Stakes at Flemington.

“He was the complete professional,” Moody said.


“I was going to take him to England before he was injured while out spelling.”


Golden Archer hails from the Rock Of Gibraltar branch of the Danehill dynasty that has been responsible for more than 100 stakes winners worldwide. His New Zealand-bred dam, Viennetta, won the Group 2 Auckland Breeders Stakes at Ellerslie and she’s from the immediate family of Group 1 Caulfield Guineas winner Anacheeva.


Rock Of Gibraltar’s sons include South African-based Seventh Rock (Australia) who sired Group 1 winner Guiness in his first crop. His English stallion Mount Nelson has sired 16 stakes performers in his first three crops and his promising West Australian stallion Proart is already off the mark with first-crop Ascot winner Glitterbell.


Raheen Stud has maintained Golden Archer’s service fee at $6,600 (including GST) this season. He will stand alongside Testa Rossa stallion Publishing who is available at $4,400 (including GST).