While racing may be on a temporary hiatus in many countries, the Darley stallions made an excellent start to 2020, excelling around the globe both by number of Group winners and the rate at which they sire them.
Leading all in percentage terms is Derby hero New Approach, who has sired four European-bred Group winners at an excellent 6.8% Group winners to runners. The first of his offspring to register a Group victory this year was Magic Lily, winner of the G2 Cape Verdi back in January over a mile. She doubled her tally of G2 wins when taking the Balanchine, before running an excellent second in the G1 Jebel Hatta, the same day as fellow New Approach runner Loxley won the G2 Dubai City Of Gold.
In Japan, New Approach’s three-year-old son Darlington Hall won the G3 Kyodo News Hai back in February. The exciting colt is now due to head to the Japanese 2,000 Guineas followed by their Derby next.
Last weekend, New Approach sired his fourth Group winner when G1 miler Cascadian impressed in the G3 Doncaster Prelude at Rosehill. Bred in the UK and out of the Classic winner Falls Of Lora, Cascadian is due for a quick reappearance in this Saturday’s G1 Doncaster Handicap.