By All Black from Aurarius, Desert Gold was trained by Fred Davis for Mr T.H. (Tom) Lowry; the first of three Tom Lowry’s to be the squire of Okawa Stud in the Hawke’s Bay. Just as Gloaming’s sequence of 19 would have been much longer but for an unexpected defeat, Desert Gold’s would have been 22 but for a close second at weight-for-age against the older horses at her second-last start as a two-year-old. She won her final start that season and then proceeded through her three-year-old season unbeaten in 14 starts.

As a four-year-old Desert Gold took her sequence through to 19 with weight-for-age wins at Trentham, Ellerslie and Riccarton. At five she was still the weight-for-age queen – she won the Awapuni Gold Cup at three, four and five years – and she made several trips to Australia where, during those First World War years, she was tremendously popular through her owner donating her winnings to the War Relief Fund.

At six years of age, coming to the end of her wonderful career, Desert Gold had three virtual match races on the then-strong Taranaki circuit with the rising young star Gloaming. She beat him in the first, but Gloaming had got tangled in the tapes at the start; Gloaming won the next “match” but this time Desert Gold lost lengths when her half-brother Croesus fell in front of her. Finally the decider, the Hawera Stakes; and, with no excuses either way this time, the three-year-old Gloaming was too good for the mare. Desert Gold was retired after a few more starts (which included an easy win in the Manawatu Stakes), hugely popular with the public to the end.