Desert King stayer Rainbow Storm won his second country feature event this month with a blistering turn of foot in the Hamilton Cup (2200m) on Sunday.
The Darren Weir trained gelding was coming off a Murtoa Cup victory on October 3 and bolted in by four lengths from Red Fella (Keep The Faith) and Letmedowngently (Musee D’orsay). The Victorian bred trio scooped the $60,000 prizemoney on offer at Hamilton.
Rainbow Storm (5g Desert King – She’s Timid by Almaarad) was bred by the late Woorall Dunn who was named TBV Small Breeder of the Year in 2014. His most successful horse was She’s Archie who gave Weir his first Group 1 in the 2002 South Australian Oaks. The Archway mare also finished second to Makybe Diva in the 2003 Melbourne Cup.
She’s Archie’s daughter May’s Dream (New Approach) gave Dunn a posthumous Group 1 in the South Australian Oaks last year. Rainbow Storm is from a sister to the dam of She’s Archie.
Dunn’s wife Lorraine and their daughters Celeste, Melissa and Simone have several horses in work with Weir. “The Dunn family have had horses with me since I first got my trainer’s licence,” he said. “It’s a big thrill as they’ve been terrific supporters and are a great bunch of owners.”
Desert King (Danzig) is best known as the sire of Melbourne Cup legend Makybe Diva and Group 1 weight-for-age star Desert War. His G2 Perth Cup winner Real Love is back in work for another summer carnival campaign and she was successful in a Lark Hill trial last week.
LP Stallions manager Julie Nairn stands Desert King in association with Lauriston Park studmaster Chris Bakker for a $6,600 (inc gst) fee.