Lauriston Park resident Desert King (Ire) sired his second feature winner in Western Australia this year when iron-horse Desert Glow stormed home for a three-quarter length victory in the $100,000 Broome Cup (2200m) on Saturday.
Desert Glow’s younger sister Real Love had landed the G2 Perth Cup (2400m) at Ascot on New Year’s Day.
It was a victory to savour for trainer Rob Gulberti who saddled last year’s Broome Cup runner-up Gladstone. His father Gary Gulberti had endured a frustrating run of placings in the same race with Easy Rhythm (2001), Killadeas (2002 – 03), Russian Spirit (2004) and Tearinupthecountry (2010).
“We’ve been here before and it has been a bit of a disappointment,” Gulberti said.
“We had three chances and Desert Glow had less weight than the others with 55kg.”
Desert Glow (5h Desert King – Flaming Heart by Salieri) was bred and raced by Bob Peters for wins at Ascot and Pinjarra before going bush for placings in the Esperance and Geraldton Cups. He transferred to trainer Justin Warwick at the start of last season before changing hands again for his latest campaign on the Pearl Coast.
Cups are somewhat of a speciality for Desert King who is best known as the sire of Melbourne Cup legend Makybe Diva and weight-for-age star Desert War among a total of 27 stakes winners.
Desert King (Danehill) is one of Australia’s best sources of stamina and he is thriving under the care of Chris and Kathie Bakker at Lauriston Park in Creighton’s Creek where he stands for a $6,600 (inc gst) fee.
For further information on Desert King visit the Lauriston Park website or contact Chris Bakker (0427 903 353) or LP Stallions Julie Nairn (0402 901 910).