(Northern Meteor-Irish Darling, by Ivory's Irish)
Stands 2016 at Sun Stud, VIC, for $13,750
There’s a very good reason why Fighting Sun attracted 298 mares in his first two seasons at stud. Three good reasons actually.
Firstly, Fighting Sun was lightning fast. Although he only raced twice, Fighting Sun never looked like he was going to get beaten, prompting leading jockey Tommy Berry to exclaim: “You don’t ride one this good every day!”.
Indeed, such was the dominance of his victory in the Canonbury Stakes - a race, coincidentally, that has been won in recent times by Vancouver, Hinchinbrook, Sebring and Not a Single Doubt - Fighting Sun was immediately installed as favourite for the Golden Slipper.
Sadly, injury forced him off the track but the phone soon started ringing hot with booking enquiries. And why not … Fighting Sun is a son of the much missed Encosta de Lago stallion, Northern Meteor (Zoustar, Deep Field, Shooting To Win, Speak Fondly, et al) while he is out of the Group One winning mare, Irish Darling.
Third reason? His types … with his oldest progeny about to become yearlings, he captured the attention at weanling sales in 2016 with his foals selling up to $65,000 on the Gold Coast (averaging $49,000), while the Great Southern also saw a colt go home with David Jolly for $57,500.
Fighting Sun will cover another large book of mares this spring and his first yearlings are poised to make their presence felt at major sales in 2017.
“Fighting Sun is a precocious undefeated juvenile stakes winner. He is by Champion Freshman Sire Northern Meteor – the premier son of Encosta de Lago – out of a classic winning mare, and inbred to the family of Sadler’s Wells, Fairy King and Nureyev. Fighting Sun is completely free of Danzig and Danehill, and Northern Meteor has the brilliant Zoustar out of a mare by Danehill son, Redoute’s Choice.” - Alan Porter
*All data courtesy Arion Pedigrees