Childers hero Istana
off the stakes mark
QUEENSLAND-based sire Chateau Istana, who won the Flying Childers Stakes in 2004 for Nick Littmoden, was represented by his first stakes winner when promising three-year-old Golden Chateau scored a boilover win in the SAR1 million Group 2 Gauteng Guineas at Turffontein in South Africa on Saturday.
A winner and placegetter from just five outings, Golden Chateau was able to sit on the speed throughout and find the line strongly to win by a half length.
He was one of four runners in the race for the powerful Mike de Kock stable but was overlooked and went to the post as a 100-1 chance.
The SAR1m Guineas was the first leg of the SA Triple Crown for three-year-olds.
Golden Chateau was bred by Paul Thompson, the manager of Baramul Stud in the NSW Hunter Valley.
Thompson offered the colt at the 2009 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, where Andy Williams secured the youngster for A$7,500 for World Wide Bloodstock.
Golden Chateau is one of eight winners produced by the American winning Deputy Minister mare Accent on Gold.
Chateau Istana, a UK-bred son of Grand Lodge, won five races, including three at two. His best win came in the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster.
He is the sire of 16winners from two crops racing.
Chateau Istana stands at Oaklands Stud in Australia for A$7,700.