The Bombora Downs roster has been revamped this year with the departure of Desert King and the arrival of Annenkov from NSW.
Desert King (Danehill) will leave the Mornington Peninsula for Lauriston Park in Euroa. The sire of Melbourne Cup legend Makybe Diva has already settled in at his new home which is operated by Chris and Kathie Bakker.
“We are looking forward to showing him off,” Chris Bakker said. “He is such a lovely horse and all he wants to do is eat and eat. Looking at him, I can see where Makybe Diva and Desert War inherited their amazing constitutions!”
Desert King is an Irish bred 19 year-old and, along with Danzero, heads Victorian based sires with six Group 1 winners. “There are not many stallions in Victoria who have sired a champion,” Bakker said. “And at a fee of $6,600, he is great value – a proven high class stallion who is highly accessible.”
Lauriston Park boasts a proud thoroughbred history. Situated just down the road from Lindsay Park Euroa, it was once home to popular stallion Plush. Set on fertile land alongside Creighton’s Creek in the heart of prime breeding country, Lauriston Park is also the retirement home of Hall Of Fame mare Let’s Elope.
Annenkov is another Irish bred son of Danehill. OTI Racing has relocated him to Bombora Downs after three seasons at Allandale Park in NSW.
Annenkov won two races at Maisons-Laffitte and was stakes placed at Deauville and Chantilly before arriving in Australia. He was a LR winner of the 2008 VRC Emirates Airlines Plate and was also G1 placed in the WATC Railway Stakes.