Golden start at Eagle Farm

Debut filly Lady Lark landed the first win for Raheen Stud sire Golden Archer at Eagle Farm on Wednesday.

Lady Lark (2f Golden Archer – Vital by Lonhro) was very impressive while cruising to a two-length victory in the Hamilton Hotel Maiden (1200).  The Desleigh Forster trained filly had failed to reach a $25,000 reserve when offered by Raheen Stud at the 2016 Magic Millions QTIS Sale

Golden Archer stands for a $6,600 fee and his first winner is his 7th first-crop starter this season.  He represents the Danehill sireline through Rock Of Gibraltar and was a precocious two year-old who trained on to win black-type sprints as a three and four year-old.

“He served more mares than any other first-season sire in Queensland,” Raheen’s Basil Nolan jnr said.  “He’s a real professional in the covering barn and is highly fertile.”

Golden Archer raced 20 times and 17 of those outings were in black-type company.  He bowed out of Group 1 racing when third to stablemates Black Caviar and Moment Of Change in the Lightning Stakes at Flemington on February 2013.

Trainer Peter Moody said Golden Archer did very little wrong throughout his career.  “He was a tremendous horse and was a favourite with the staff here,” Moody recalled.  “Only Black Caviar won more black type races for the stable while he was in training.”