Sunline: the champion mare was by reverse shuttler Desert SunPICTURE: Edward Whitaker
Desert Sun pensioned from stud duties
DESERT SUN, sire of New Zealand champion racemare Sunline, has been retired from stud duties at Eliza Park in Victoria, Australia.
The 22-year-old son of Green Desert began his stud career in New Zealand in 1994 andbecame Eliza Park's foundation stallion when moving there in 1999 at the peak of Sunline's career.
Sunline, who won 13 Group 1 races including the Hong Kong Mile and two renewals of the Cox Plate, is among 31 stakes winners by the stallion.
Desert Sun also reverse shuttled to Oak Lodge Stud in County Kildare and to the National Stud in Newmarket. His best European-bred progeny are Group 3 Greenham Stakes winner and Derby fifth Salford City, and dual Listed scorer Dunelight.
He is also broodmare sire of Group 1 The T. J. Smith hero Rockdale.
Desert Sun was trained by Henry Cecil to win two races and finish placed in the Group 3 Craven Stakes and the Group 2 Forte Mile at Sandown.
Eliza Park manager Lee Fleming said: "Desert Sun has been a truly remarkable sire and has gone a long way to putting Eliza Park on the map. Our initial aspirations were to conduct more of a boutique operation, but Desert Sun's acquisition in the spring of 1999 really turned things around."