Pensioned off in 2010 at the age of 21, the sire of superstar Sunline is now gaining considerable street cred as the broodmare sire of world champ, Black Caviar.
Just one of seven stakes winners from his daughters, Desert Sun is now among the top 15 Australian broodmare sires by earnings – up from 91st position in 2009/10 – with an average earnings index of 4.22 and far less runners than those above him on the chart.
But the Green Desert stallion hasn’t given up the ghost as ‘sire’ yet with his Irish bred 8YO, Sunny King, running a fantastic third behind Rocket Man in the Dubai Golden Shaheen-G1 over 1200m on Saturday.
Testimony to all versatility, Desert Sun notched up his 465th winner yesterday at Cranbourne when Blistered scored over 2025m – his first victory after 12 previous placings.
(It’s fairly safe to assume that the Christine Boyd trained 6YO is named after the Violent Femmes song, Blister in the Sun … “when I’m walkin’ I strut my stuff man”).