Rock stars in South Africa

Rock Of Gibraltar is making an impact as a sires of sires and that augurs well for his Queensland based son Golden Archer.

Raheen Stud’s stakes winning sprinter is preparing for his third book in Queensland on the back of an international surge by some other Group 1 sons of Rock Of Gibraltar.

Seventh Rock spearheads the sireline in South Africa with champion colt Seventh Plain who will receive the 2014-15 Equus 2YO Award after recent victories the G1 Gold Medallion and G1 Golden Horseshoe.

Seventh Plain looks likely to go a mile and will be a leading classic prospect for next season.

Seventh Rock has now sired Group 1 winners in each of his first two crops – Guiness had won the 2014 Sun Medallion and both colts are trained by Dennis Drier for leading owner Markus Jooste.

“Seventh Rock will be your next supersonic sire,” Keeneland’s renowned horseman Tom Thornbury said on a recent visit to South Africa.

Rock Of Gibraltar has sired over 100 stakes winners and among them is Champion South African mare Alboran Sea who claimed her third Group 1 in the Computaform Sprint in April.

His branch of the Danehill dynasty is already ready making inroads in Australia with former Patinack Farm sire Murtajill.  He is now based at Jindera Park in NSW and finished third in last year’s second-season winners’ premiership behind Northern Meteor and Sebring.

Another up-and-coming Rock Of Gibraltar stallion is West Australian based Proart.  His only first-crop starters to date – Glitterbell and Rosmartini – have both won city races this season.

In England, Rock Of Gibraltar sire Mount Nelson is a Top 5 stallion by Group performers behind Dubawi, Oasis Dream, Dansili and Dutch Art.

Golden Archer is being given every chance to further the sireline at Raheen Stud covering 196 mares in his first two books.  He won juvenile stakes races at Flemington and Moonee Valley and trained on for further black-type victories as a three and four year-old at Caulfield.

Raheen Stud will stand him for an unchanged fee of $6,600 (inc gst) this year.

Son of Rick Of Gibraltar sire Seventh Rock wins the G1 Golden Horseshoe