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Desert Gold

Desert Gold
Sire All Black (GB)
Dam Aurarius (AUS)
Grandsire Gallinule
Damsire Maltster
Gender Mare
Foaled 1912
Country New Zealand
Color Bay
Breeder Okawa Stud
Owner T. H. Lowry
Trainer Fred Davis
Record 59: 36-13-4
Earnings £23,133
Desert Gold is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Aurarius (AUS) by All Black (GB). She was born around 1912 in New Zealand, and was bred by Okawa Stud.
Major wins
Great Northern Foal Stakes (1914)
Islington Plate (1915, 1916, 1917)
Hawke's Bay Guineas (1915)
New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1915)
Royal Stakes (1915, 1916)
Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes (1915)
Awapuni Gold Cup (1916, 1917, 1918)
New Zealand Derby (1915)
Great Northern Derby (1916)
Great Northern Oaks (1916)
Wellington Stakes (1916)
MRC St. George stakes (1918)
AJC All-Aged Stakes (1918)
Taranaki Stakes (1919)
Desert Gold Stakes at Trentham Racecourse
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on March 29, 2007

Desert Gold was a famous and successful New Zealand Thoroughbred racehorse who raced at the time of World War I. Owned by T. H. Lowry, the mare won many good races. She raced in Australia and New Zealand, winning 36 races, including a still-standing record of 19 in succession (which she holds with Gloaming).[1] In 1914, she won the Great Northern Foal Stakes and Royal Stakes, the Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes and the North Island Challenge Stakes.

In her final season of racing, Desert Gold defeated the 3-year-old colt Gloaming in the 1919 Taranaki Stakes. Desert Gold retired with a record of 59 Starts: 36-13-4 and earnings of £23,133.

Desert Gold was successful broodmare as her daughters and granddaughters produced many winners, among them the brilliant Gold Rod.[2] She produced a total of nine foals, of which six raced and three were winners.[1]

As a tribute to her ability several races have been named after her in New Zealand, including the time-honoured $100,000 Group III Sharp Desert Gold Stakes (1,600 m).[3]

See also

  • List of notable Thoroughbred racehorses


  1. 1.0 1.1 Pring, Peter (1977). Analysis of Champion Racehorses. The Thoroughbred Press. ISBN 0-908133-00-6. 
  2. Great Horses Retrieved on 28 May 2009
  3. Keepa Cruisin adds prestigious Desert Gold Retrieved on 28 May 2009

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