Golden source of 2YOs at Raheen Stud

Friday, 12 July 2013

New Raheen Stud sire Golden Archer is the most precocious Danehill-line stallion to stand in Queensland in recent years.

He gives Queensland breeders a readymade source of two year-old winners for Brisbane’s increased minimums of $85,000 in prizemoney and QTIS bonuses.

Golden Archer will stand for an introductory fee of $6,600 (inc gst) at Raheen this year.

Based in Melbourne with champion trainer Peter Moody, Golden Archer won 5 juvenile sprints including black-type features at Flemington, Caulfield and Moonee Valley.  “He’s been the benchmark for our two-year-olds,” Moody said after the colt retained his unbeaten record on Boxing Day at Caulfield.  “He’s fast, strong and tough.”

Stable jockey Luke Nolan reiterated those comments when Golden Archer struck for a third time in February 2011.  “He’s winning on raw ability and that says a lot for his character.”

Golden Archer trained on at three to win the G3 HDF McNeil Stakes at Caulfield and, in his final campaign earlier this year, filled out a Moody trifecta behind Black Caviar in the G1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington.

Raheen’s up-and-coming stallion Publishing is also making quite an impact with his first crop.  His 6th two year-old winner arrived when Treasure Map broke his maiden at Toowoomba on July 6.

That elevated Publishing to fourth on the Australian first-season winners’ premiership led by Widden Stud high-flyers Northern Meteor and Sebring.

The following day, Publishing sired Golden Knight to an impressive victory on debut at Kranji.  Trainer Steven Burridge bought him for $42,000 at the Magic Millions and will set him for a Singapore 3YO feature in September.

Publishing is a stakes winning son of Testa Rossa and is enormous value at a $4,400 (inc gst) service fee.

Group 1 winning Shamardal stallion Captain Sonador has averaged 120 mares in two books at Raheen and the response to his first foals will ensure similar numbers in 2013.

Astute pin-hookers targeted the Captain Sonador weanlings at the Magic Millions National Sale in June.  He stands for a $11,000 (inc gst) service fee and breeders who support him will notice a healthy mark-up when those first foals change hands again at next year’s yearling sales.