Anzac sires land G1 double in Durban

Anzac shuttlers Dubawi and Black Minnaloushe completed a 2YO Group 1 double on the July Hcp programme in Durban on Saturday.

Darley’s rising star Dubawi sired his first Australian bred Group 1 winner when Happy Archer thrashed her rivals in the Thekwini Stakes (1600m) at Greyville.  And Windsor Park completed an international double when Black Minnaloushe colt Gold Onyx scored a scintillating victory in the G1 Premiers Champion Stakes (1600m).  

Happy Archer joins Cellermaster (G3 NZ Eclipse Stakes) and Golden Millennium (Listed AJC Keith Mackay Hcp) among stakes winners in Dubawi’s first southern crop of juveniles.

His first northern crop contains G1 English 2000 Guineas winner Makfi, G2 King Edward VII Stakes winner Monterosso and G2 Italian Derby winner Worthadd.  The second is headed by Irish Field who won the G2 Prix Robert Papin at at Maisons-Laffitte on July 25.

Happy Archer (2f Dubawi – So Tempted by Jeune) was favourite for the Thekwini after a pair on impressive wins at her previous two outings in Durban.  She is a graduate of renowned Queensland nursery Racetree and is half sister to recent Gold Coast Bracelet winner Femina Fashion (Shamardal).

Happy Archer was purchased for just $23,000 at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale by Mark Tarry, the brother of trainer Sean Tarry.  Her dam So Tempted is a winning sister to G2 VRC Wakeful Stakes winner Lolita Star and a half sister to Adelaide Guineas winner Berezny.

Gold Onyx (2c Black Minnaloushe – Egoli Lass by Kaapstad) came from last with a powerful finish to win the Premiers Champion Stakes by a length going away from the favourite Kavanagh (Tiger Ridge).

Earlier in the day, former Windsor Park shuttler High Chaparral hit the headlines in Melbourne when Shoot Out was an eye-catching winner of the G3 Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield.

Gold Onyx was an $80,000 buy out of the Windsor Park draft at the 2009 NZ Bloodstock yearling sale at Karaka.  The stud’s former Storm Cat shuttler Black Minnaloushe got him from Egoli Lass who was a Listed winner of the Horlicks Hcp at Hastings.

Egoli Lass is also the dam of Melbourne stayer Prince Dande Lion (Generous).  She is a half-sister to the dams of G1 Victoria Derby winner Amalfi (Carnegie, G2 VRC Makybe Diva Stakes winner Vigor (O’Reilly)and G2 Greyville Gold Vase winner Wise Son (Montjeu).