River Hills Stud stallion Dark Lord (NZ) sired his first Australian winner at Sunshine Coast on Friday evening.
Bobby Be Good (4g Dark Lord – Urania by Skilful Star) came from the back half of the field to win the Control Logic Hcp (1000m) first-up by more than four lengths. He races for Deagon trainer Trevor White and a syndicate managed by Brad Young who bred him in partnership with River Hills studmaster Mark Hickey.
His dam Urania is now based in Victoria and she has a filly by Lucas Cranach (Ger) on the ground at Bullarook Park Stud.
Dark Lord is by Zabeel from a half-sister to Commands and was bred by Sir Patrick Hogan using the same cross as Octagonal. He was trained by John McArdle to win a Bairnsdale maiden from a handful before retiring to River Hills in the Mary Valley north of Brisbane.
He stands alongside Jezadane and they are both available for a $1,100 (inc gst) fee. Jezadane is a son of Danehill from Melbourne Cup winner Jezabeel.
Dark Lord had moved off the mark in Malaysia earlier this year when Dark Express won at Selangor in January and February. He was also bred by Hickey from Spinoff (Success Express) and sold for $80,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions HIT Sale.