Gold Arch is by Archipenko, a sire with great versatility, having sired Group 1 winners over 5f, 8f, 10f and 12f. Archipenko was a super middle-distance horse winning both the Summer Mile at Ascot (Group 2) and the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial over 10f (Group 2). His greatest feat on a racecourse was winning the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup (Group 1) at Sha Tin. He has proven a very popular stallion in Hong Kong with plenty of his progeny being sold to run out there.
He is out of Montjeu mare called Goldrenched, who was a winner herself on the racecourse. Goldrenched has produced 3 winners from 4 runners to date. Gold Arch’s second dam is Sundrenched winner of the listed Montrose Stakes at Newmarket as a 2-year-old. Further down the pedigree, you begin to see just how much of stayers’ pedigree Godlier Arch has. The likes of HAAFD, MILITARY ATTACK, BIG ORANGE and RED CADEAUX feature in the fourth dam.
Gold Arch has been with David Lanigan since he was a 2-year-old, making only 3 starts in his debut season over inadequate trips. This year has seen him to much better effect showing signs of being a better horse than his mark suggests. He is now a 3-time winner racing off a mark of 70 with more improvement to come in his 4-year-old season. David felt something was bothering the horse after his run at Ripon and underperformed next time out at Kempton. David and the vets were able to identify the issue and sort it before his latest run at Wolverhampton, his best performance to date! David is very good at bringing these middle-distance type horses on very slowly, they do their learning on the track.
Gold Arch has a very similar profile to our very own LEXINGTON EMPIRE, who was trained by David. Lexington Empire ended his 3-year-old campaign rated 72 and was recently sold, rated 92! Gold Arch is on a similar upward trajectory, we can see there being plenty of fun days out with him next year.
Gold Arch is the type of horses you look to buy at the Horse In Training sales, without any background information of how they are performing at home. Here is an excellent opportunity to get involved in an exciting horse for this year and the next. If he can improve by 10lbs, he will be very attractive to the jumps purchasers.
Syndicate manager update (25th November): He has a very successful 2019, winning two races. His trainer David Lanigan, despite winning these races with him, located a slight problem with his back, which is now treated, and fixed. As such, David believes there remains significant improvement for this horse. He thinks he has the potential to be rated in excess of 85, so given he’s currently rated just 70, there appears to be winning opportunities in there. Furthermore, as his rating rises, so too will his valuation and the plan is to present him for sale in October 2020.