Enjoying his retirement
History was made recently when the very last foal ever sired by Sandown Stud’s wonderful sire Goldkeeper went into training.
The filly, who has been named Shine Bright, has been sent to champion trainer elect Sean Tarry, who also trains talented Goldkeeper colt Imperial Gold.
Shine Bright, who was bred by here at Sandown Stud, is out of the three time winning Lizard Island mare Bright Thing.
Her sire Goldkeeper (Mr Prospector) was an exceptional sire, whose stud career was sadly blighted by fertility issues which resulted in Goldkeeper’s eventual retirement from stud duties.
Despite these issues, Goldkeeper quickly established himself as a top class sire. Beginning his stud career in Zimbabwe, the bay’s very first crop included a champion (Gold Flame), as well as multiple Grade One winner Gold Tax, winner of both the Premier’s Juvenile Championship and Sharp Electronics Cup.
Shine Bright –before leaving for training.
He also sired an exceptional percentage of winners to runners, with Goldkeeper’s 379 individual runners producing 305 winners (80% winners to runners). Goldkeeper has also become a successful broodmare sire, with his daughters having already produced the likes of champion filly All Is Secret and top class sprinter Reflective Image, to name but a few.
We are holding thumbs that Shine Bright can follow in the footsteps of some of his other wonderful daughters and make her sire proud!
We have 11 two year olds leaving for the 2 year old sale in Joburg (13 & 14 Aug) next week, they are a really nice bunch of colts and fillies, we welcome you to visit us at the TBA to view our horses.
Happy racing to you all!