Darley will stand nine new stallions in Europe in 2017, headed by Champion two-year-old and G1 Lockinge Stakes victor Belardo, who will stand for €15,000 at Kildangan Stud, and G1 Prix Jean Prat winner Territories, standing at £12,000 at Dalham Hall Stud.
Two exceptional winners of the G1 Middle Park Stakes also join Darley. Charming Thought, triumphant in the 2014 renewal of the famed stallion making race, will stand at Dalham Hall Stud for £8,000. The beautifully-bred son of Oasis Dream defeated subsequent Champion sprinter Muhaarar to record a brilliant win at Newmarket. The Last Lion, who captured this year’s contest with a stunning all-the-way victory over Blue Point, will stand at Kildangan Stud for €12,000.
Joining Darley’s shuttle stallions in 2017 is Australia’s Champion three-year-old of 2015-16, the record-breaking sprinter Exosphere. The G1-winning son of Lonhro broke records over both six and seven furlongs and was higher rated than fellow reverse shuttlers Redoute’s Choice, Choisir and Darley’s own Exceed And Excel at three. Exosphere will stand at Haras du Logis for €6,000.
Fast Company, sire of this year’s Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Jet Setting from his second crop as well as the G1 miler Devonshire and G2 Royal Ascot winner Baitha Alga from his first, will stand at Kildangan Stud for €7,000.
Reverse shuttlers Sepoy, standing for £15,000, and Helmet, at £10,000, have both got off to a flying start at stud, both siring G1 two-year-olds including Helmet’s stunning G1 Criterium International winner Thunder Snow; they both return to Dalham Hall Stud, while Helmet’s close relative Epaulette, whose first yearlings have averaged over six times their conception fee this autumn, will again stand at Kildangan Stud at €7,000.
The established stars of the European roster are headed by Dubawi (pictured), who will stand for £250,000 at Dalham Hall Stud. The highlight of his season was the dominance of Postponed in the midsummer middle-distance Championship races, his three G1 triumphs including the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Dubawi’s undefeated two-year-old daughter Wuheida flew the flag for her outstanding sire by landing the G1 Prix Marcel Boussac on Arc day.
Exceed And Excel, who has enjoyed another exceptional season with his juveniles headed by the record-breaking Yalta, will stand for €50,000 at Kildangan Stud. Teofilo, whose ten G1 performers this year include Prix du Cadran victor Quest For More and 2,000 Guineas runner-up Massaat, will stand alongside him for €40,000.
Iffraaj, sire of the G1 Prix Jacques le Marois winner Ribchester – the season’s highest rated miler – will stand for £27,500 at Dalham Hall Stud.
For a full list of Darley’s fees and stallion locations for next year, click here.