Lauriston Park’s Desert King has been in fine form of late – the outstanding son of Danehill represented by a metropolitan double last weekend.
And an impressive pair of winners they were too – kicking off with the lightly raced and exciting four-year-old Desert Road who really caught the eye with a barnstorming victory at Moonee Valley on Friday night.
Having only his third start, the Robbie Laing trained bay had been an unlucky third – striking interference – at his previous run at Mornington but he was always in the clear at Moonee Valley.
Settling last off a tardy start, Desert Road had a fair bit of ground to cover approaching the turn but after swinging widest into the straight he really let go!
Mowing down his rivals with a withering run, Desert Road put his nose right out on the line, at 50-1 surprising punters but not connections who have always had faith in his ability.
“That was an incredibly exciting win,” enthused Shergar Thoroughbreds’ Brendan Tohill. “What will he do over 2000m, 2400m and 3200m? The world is his oyster!”
Certainly bred to cover ground with his dam Pellant Road being a Zabeel half-sister to the VRC Oaks winner Weekend Delight, Desert Road is typical of the Desert King breed.
A stallion who passes on not only stamina but a great turn of foot, Desert King continued his good form at Ascot on Saturday with the talented Real Love at only her second run this campaign racing away to an easy two length victory over 1500m.
The Adam Durrant trained mare has always shown plenty of natural ability, on three occasions at three finishing in the placings at stakes level – third in the Listed Natasha Stakes, second in the WA Oaks and third in the WA Derby.
Resuming at Ascot in October, Real Love was badly held up along the rails but once clear with 100m to go really powered to the line.
On the strength of that performance sent out favourite on Saturday, Real Love again good back, covering a bit of ground before taking the lead half way down the straight and quickly getting clear.
It is only a matter of time before Real Love becomes another stakes winner for Desert King – and the same goes for Desert Jeuney who is spelling after finishing in the placings twice in feature races during the spring carnival – third in the Toorak Handicap and third in the Crystal Mile.
Meanwhile Desert King’s prolific family was also in form over the spring, his two-year-old relation Antelucan one to follow on the back of a debut Group Three victory in the Ottawa Stakes on Melbourne Cup Day.
A half-sister to the Group Three winner Crucial and the stakes placed Hazard, Antelucan is out of the Fantastic Light mare Dawn Attack, a half-sister to Desert King.
This is also the family of the mighty Frankel and his brother Noble Mission who retired on a high winning the Group One Champion Stakes at Ascot.
Desert King stands at Lauriston Park, Creighton’s Creek just outside of Euroa for a bargain fee of $6,600. For further information contact Julie Nairn (0402 901 910) or Chris Bakker (0427 903 353).