The sire of the late star racemare Sunline, and grandsire of the unbeaten Black Caviar has died.
Desert Sun, a son of Green Desert and the Hotfoot mare Solar, died at Eliza Park in Victoria, Australia, at the age of 24.
The British bred Desert Sun raced in England and North America, and retired as a three-time winner of $186,865. He was placed at Group 3 level.
He first stood at stud in New Zealand, where he sired Sunline, a four-time New Zealand Horse of the Year and three-time Australian Horse of the Year who won 17 wins including 13 Group 1 races and two Cox Plates. Her career earnings totalled $NZ14.1 million. She was put down in April, 2009 after fighting laminitis for a year.
Desert Sun later shuttled between Eliza Park and Oak Lodge Stud in Ireland and National Stud in Newmarket during his career and sired 34 stakes winners and 16 group winners.
His daughter Helsinge is the dam of the unbeaten Australian mare Black Caviar, who won her 22nd consecutive race last Saturday in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.