First crop, first Derby runner, first classic winner. That’s the unravelling story so far for Golan, sire of last Saturday’s scintillating Victoria Derby winner Kibbutz.
Winner of the English 2000 Guineas over 1600m, Golan was also a Gr.1 winner of the ‘King George & Queen Elizabeth’ Diamond Stakes run over 2400m at Royal Ascot.
In an outstanding racing career that saw him rated the world’s equal highest 4YO in 2002, Golan also finished second in the English Derby, third in the Irish Derby as well as placing fourth in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
A grandson of the Arc winner and champion sire Rainbow Quest, Golan hails from a classic European family that includes 2004 English Derby winner North Light.
Notable too is the fact that both Golan’s first and second dams are by English Derby winners Generous and Shirley Heights.
Derby winner Kibbutz headlines a talented first crop of 3YO’s for Golan that includes among others the promising gallopers Ausvetia, Lanbrae, Figuring, Exquisite and Goman.
Kibbutz is out of Misskap, a daughter of leading sire and broodmare sire Kaapstad, who formerly stood alongside Golan at Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand.
Golan currently ‘shuttles’ from Coolmore in Ireland to Windsor Park where he is a member of a stallion roster that includes six-times champion sire Volksraad.