GOLDEN ARCHER RIGHT ON TARGET

The apple clearly isn’t falling far from the tree for Raheen Stud’s exciting young sire, Golden Archer.

A brilliant, triple stakes winning 2YO who raced on to Group success at three, Golden Archer is off to a flying start at stud with a host of winners from his first crop … so much so that the flashy bay is now second on the Australian First Season Sires’ chart by winners, and heads the field by winners for the Queensland premiership.

And the list continues to grow at a rapid rate. Lady Lark was a winner at Eagle Farm on debut, while five others have also seen the inside of a winners’ enclosure. Importantly, seven of his other runners have placed, giving Golden Archer a 60% strike rate for first three finishes.

What’s more, the acclaim for Golden Archer already exceeds our shores: his only international runner to date, Whistling Win, won the Singapore Silver Horseshoe on debut and is now a front runner for the rich Group Two Golden Horseshoe Final in July.

Little wonder then that his first crop of yearlings sold up to $120,000 in 2016 and again hit the six figure mark this year … outstanding value for a stallion standing at just $6,600 inc. GST.

Perhaps it shouldn’t be difficult to work out why Golden Archer’s progeny have gotten out the gates so early.

After all, Golden Archer retired to stud with an impressive CV.

Every inch the athlete, the Raheen sire raced out of the powerful Peter Moody stable and, in his juvenile season, won three stakes races, before training on to capture the prestigious McNeil Stakes at three, won another stakes race at four, finished second to 6-time Group One winner Buffering in the Group Two Schillaci and ran third behind the immortal Black Caviar in the Group One Lighting Stakes, breaking the track record.

Such was Golden Archer’s consistency and explosive speed that throughout his career, his average time for 1000m was 57.55 seconds.

“You would love a stable full of horses like Golden Archer … over the last two and a half seasons, only Black Caviar has won more black type races for the stable,” Moody said at the time.

The ways things are shaping, trainers would like a stable full of the Golden Archer progeny too

Greg Tobin