Blueblood stallion Sun Ruler (NZ) will stand his first season at Archer Park in 2012. He will be based at the Auckland stud for an introductory fee of $2,500.
Sun Ruler (7h Zabeel – Sunline by Desert Sun) was trained by Trevor McKee to win at Avondale and Te Rapa from just 13 starts. “He could have reached greater heights without injuries, but that’s the way it can go in this game,” McKee said. “He’s very much like his Mum with a big physique – a big and solid type. He’s also a fantastic horse to handle, no problems at all.”
Sold at the 2007 NZB Karaka yearling sale for $2 million, he’s a product of Cambridge Stud’s supersire Zabeel (NZ) and mighty mare Sunline (NZ).
Trained by Trevor and Stephen McKee, Sunline was a four-time New Zealand Horse of the Year and three times was similarly acknowledged in Australia. Her top level victories featured the Cox Plate (twice), Doncaster Handicap (twice), Flight Stakes, All-Aged Stakes (twice), Waikato Draught Sprint (twice), Manikato Stakes, Coolmore Classic (twice) and the Hong Kong Mile.
By Desert Sun, who is also the damsire of Black Caviar, Sunline retired as the winner of 32 of her 48 starts and banked NZ$14.11 million in earnings. Sun Ruler is her second winner following Sunstrike (Rock of Gibraltar).
The greatest mile and mid-distance mare of them all, she lost a battle with laminitis in 2009. McKee will be backing Sun Ruler (NZ) at stud with four or five mares with access to a dozen more to help send him on his way at stud.
Cherie Archer admitted to having early reservations about taking on another stallion having already committed to Argentine-bred sire Sirocco (Shy Tom).
“Trevor asked me about it at the Ruakaka races about a month ago and I wasn’t sure at first,” she explained. “But then we found a new block of land nearby for the mares so I’ll be able to do walk-ins.”