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Gold Ace is getting his chance at stud

02:49 PM 23 Nov 2015 NZDT
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Gold Ace is letting down into a great looking entire Gold Ace (15) defeating his arch nemesis Terror To Love in the $200,000 NZ Derby Gold Ace - Has the confirmation to go with his looks and ability
Gold Ace is letting down into a great looking entire
Gold Ace (15) defeating his arch nemesis Terror To Love in the $200,000 NZ Derby
Gold Ace - Has the confirmation to go with his looks and ability

The best chance for a southern hemisphere bred son of the champion sire Bettors Delight to make it at stud down under would appear to Harnesslink to be Gold Ace.

A great looking entire who was able to mix it with the best in the age group classics in New Zealand, Gold Ace went on to win the Golden Nugget in Perth at four before winning the $150,000 New Zealand Free For All as an older horse

He then went back to Australia where he won the Cranbourne and Shepparton Cups and was placed behind Christen Me in a Hunter Cup before finishing a great second to Adore Me back in New Zealand in 1:51.8 as he wound down a wonderful career.

Purchased out of the 2009 Australasian Classic Yearling Sale for $27,000 by the Graeme Rogerson - Steven Reid training partnership, Gold Ace is bred on the hugely successful Bettors Delight - In The Pocket cross which has had so much success in Australasia.

Gold Ace's dam was Hill Of Gold  and she has certainly been that for her owner

A handy race mare for Geoff Small, Hill of Gold has excelled in the broodmare paddock.

Apart from Gold Ace she has also produced the very smart race mare Gold Elite 1:57.3 ($70,037) and Strike The Gold 1:55.8 ($63,721) who raced in the classics last year against Have Faith In Me and Follow The Stars.

Her last yearling to go through the sales ring in 2014 was Dark Energy, a full brother to Gold Ace who made $75,000.

Hill Of Gold is closely related to the brilliant juvenile Smiling Shard 1:53.7 ($1,178,793), Sly Flyin 1:53.6 ($911,689) and Kiwi Ingenuity 1:52.1 ($523,200) so the family has been having a great run in the last twenty years.

Gold Ace made his race track debut at Forbury Park in March 2010 as a two year old and while not dominant at that age, he did produce several smart performances.

We think his best run was when he won the  $30,000 Sires Stakes Consolation at Addington.

All up at two, Gold Ace won $23,740 but when he reappeared at three he was a different horse.

Now trained solely by Steven Reid,  Gold Ace was at his best at three,winning 10 races including the $253,000 PGG Sales Race, $200,000 NZ Derby, $165,000 NZ Sires Stakes Final and the $150,000 Harness Jewels.

All up he won over $500,000 at three in a season which was notable for his clashes with another rising star,Terror To Love.

The pair met six times at three with Gold Ace winning four and dead-heating in another so even though there was not much in it on the track, Gold Ace was too strong in most of their meetings and was named three year old of the year.

Never one to miss a challenge, Steven Reid set Gold Ace for the A$175,000 Golden Nugget final at Perth early in his four year old season in which he duly obliged.

Staying with the Halls in Perth, Gold Ace so impressed Gary Hall sen that he made a A$1,000,000 offer for the entire but the owners said no.

For the rest of his four year old season, Gold Ace had the appearance of a horse that just hadn't got over that big trip to Perth.

He won the $40,000 Superstars final at Addington over Terror To Love and was placed in both the Noel Taylor Mile and the NZ Messenger but just seemed half a length down on what he had been previously.

At five the highlight of the season was the win in the $150,000 NZ FFA at Addington over Terror To Love and a great second to Christen Me in the $100,00 Noel Taylor Mile.

From there Steven and the owners moved Gold Ace to the McCarthy barn in Sydney where over the next 14 months he won over $250,000 with his best wins coming in the $100,000 Cranbourne Cup and $50,000 Shepparton Cup while he was also a great third to Christen Me in the $400,000 AG Hunter Cup.

Brought back to New Zealand as a seven year old as he wound down before heading to the stallion barn, Gold Ace produced one of career best runs at the 1000 metres Cambridge Raceway.

Sent forward from the gate by driver Todd Mitchell, Gold Ace tried to run them off their feet over the mile and it took the champion mare Adore Me to grab him late in a new track record to defeat him.

Gold Ace was timed in 1:51.8 which is his best recorded time and he did it at start 67.

So when you look at Gold Ace you see a horse who is by a champion sire in Bettors Delight from a top maternal family, who raced for six seasons, earned just under one and a quarter million dollars and was still trucking as good at the end of his career as he was at the start.

The bonus is when you look at the individual in the flesh as Gold Ace is letting down into one magnificent looking entire.

Standing at the outstanding Nevele R Stud in Christchurch, Gold Ace will be given every opportunity to prove that he can make it as a sire and it would surprise us if he didn't make his mark. 

Harnesslink Media

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