Rock Of Gibraltar’s (Danehill – Offshore Boom, by Be My Guest) brilliant son Golden Archer (Rock Of Gibraltar – Viennetta, by Pins) posted the fifth Stakes win of his 13-start career in the Listed The Heath 1100 (1100m) at Caulfield.
Carrying the sponsor’s name, TheShark.com.au Stakes, the $120,000 race attracted a field of eight runners after the withdrawal of pre-post favourite African Pulse (Johannesburg – Bunyah, by Distant View) and the last-start Stakes winner Freereturn (Rubiton – Early Bird, by Karaman).
Golden Archer found the early lead under jockey Luke Nolen, who set the speed to suit himself up front, before simply slipping away from his opposition to post a dominant 1-1/4 length win with the top weight of 58kg.
The $80,000 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale purchase has now won more than $550,000 for his connections from just 13 starts with the promise of plenty more to come during the remainder of his spring campaign.
Golden Archer’s trainer Peter Moody said the stallion would run in the Group 3 McEwen Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley in a fortnight before returning to Caulfield for the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes on Caulfield Guineas day.
Golden Archer’s dam Viennetta (Pins – Bali Sugar, by Christmas Tree) was a Group 2 winner herself in New Zealand. Viennetta foaled a filly by Stratum (Redoute’s Choice – Bourgeois, by Luskin Star) in 2011 while she is expecting a foal by top Darley stallion Exceed And Excel (Danehill – Patrona, by Lomond) this year.