Desert Sun, the sire of Sunline and damsire of Black Caviar, died peacefully at Eliza Park Nagambie yesterday. He was 23.
Desert Sun arrived at Eliza Park in 1999, the year Sunline first started hitting her straps and would subsequently capture two Cox Plates, 13 Group Ones and a legion of fans throughout the globe.
A decade on, he is now hailed as the sire of amazing mare, Helsinge, in turn the dam of Black Caviar.
Also the sire of Group One winners La Bella Dama and Our Egyptian Raine, Desert Sun would produce over 400 winners throughout his career, including winners from 800m to 4150m, colts and fillies, all ages, winners in 17 countries, over $50 million in stakes. What a marvel.
However, despite such impressive numbers, he will always been remembered for the best mare we’ve ever seen and, in many minds, the second best mare too. Not a bad legacy!
Rest in peace, Desert Sun.