Introduction to Darley
Darley's bloodstock story in Australia began in 2003, with the purchase of Kelvinside Stud in New South Wales, from Hilton Cope, the former jockey and well-known breeder. The property has been developed into a world-class racehorse breeding facility with the capacity to stand 18 stallions.
As Darley's Australian breeding business expanded, another property was acquired in 2006, this time in Victoria. Northwood Park is an historic horse and cattle property and can stand a further 12 stallions.
The Kelvinside thoroughbred stallion roster for 2014 is headed by Australia's reigning Champion stallion Exceed And Excel along with Street Cry.
A source of some of the world's most brilliant and memorable racehorses in recent years including the incomparable Zenyatta, history-maker Street Sense, Caulfield Guineas winner Whobegotyou, and Melbourne Cup winner Shocking, Street Cry's first New South Wales-bred crop includes G1 Caulfield Guineas winner Long John and multiple G1 place-getter Solicit.
Exceed And Excel has sired more juvenile winners and juvenile Stakes winners since 2008 than any other stallion in the world. He has enjoyed a remarkable run of success recently, having sired G1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Earthquake and four-time G1 winner Guelph. His triple G1-winning son Helmet returns for his third season at Northwood Park.
Lonhro, the only horse in history to be crowned Australian racing's Horse of the Year and then go on to become the country's Champion stallion, is on track to set a new record for individual winners in a season. Earlier in the year he notched up 100 individual winners in a season quicker than any stallion ever has.
Rapidly emerging as one of the best young thoroughbred stallions in the world, Medaglia d'Oro, whose extraordinary daughter Rachel Alexandra earned Horse of the Year honours in 2009 and is one of 10 G1 winners for her sire, returns to Kelvinside in 2014 with his first Australian-bred crop creating huge excitement following their deeds in their juvenile season. Denman's first runners to hit the track have also created an immediate impression, with four of his first five runners winning including Listed Breeders' Plate winner Law. Shigeru Sendan and Pinch River have taken his tally to three first-crop Stakes winners in recent times.
After covering stellar books of mares in his first two seasons at stud, World Champion sprinter Sepoy will cover his third book of mares at Kelvinside. Winner of the G1 Blue Diamond and G1 Golden Slipper during his juvenile season, he returned at three to defeat the older horses in the G1 Manikato Stakes and then his own age group in the G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes.
Arguably the most consistent thoroughbred stallion in the country, Commands has enjoyed another fantastic season with his star mare Appearance recording her fourth victory at the elite level in the G1 Canterbury Stakes in March.
Returning to Northwood Park stud is Street Boss, America's multiple record-breaking and multiple G1-winning speed horse by Street Cry. He has a G1 winner in each of his first two crops in America and has made an immediate impact at stud in Australia with G3 performer The Quarterback one of a host of winners from his first southern-hemisphere crop.
World Champion three-year-old Bernardini has sired a G1 winner and another G1 performer in each of his first three crops in Australia. He is the sire of triple G1-winner and the country's highest-rated miler Boban as well as star G1 fillies Ruud Awakening and Zanbagh and his latest G1 winner, the brilliant juvenile Go Indy Go, winner of the Champagne Stakes at Randwick in spectacular fashion.
Zabeel's unbeaten dual G1-winning son Reset, sire of a Cox Plate, a Caulfield Cup and a VRC Derby winner will stand at Northwood Park, alongside up-and-coming young stallion Von Costa de Hero.
Also at Northwood Park is Domesday, who sired G1 winners Pressday and Doctor Doom in his first two crops. Just juveniles, Domesday's first Victorian-bred crop looks set to be his best yet, with six Stakes performers already, a figure unmatched in Victoria and bettered by only two stallions nationwide.
Time Thief and Ad Valorem will stand at Kelvinside, as will third-season sires Poet's Voice and Benfica. Skilled, a winner of the G1 Champagne Stakes, will stand his third season at Northwood Park and will again be alongside the veteran Strategic who continues to defy his age.
Dawn Approach, Epaulette and Albrecht are set to join the stallion roster at Kelvinside while Kuroshio is a new addition to the Northwood Park roster. Dawn Approach was the Champion juvenile of Europe and a Classic winner at three, while Epaulette is the best son of Commands and won the G1 Golden Rose and G1 Doomben 10,000 as a three-year-old. Boasting a real stallion's pedigree, Albrecht is a son of Champion stallion Redoute's Choice and is out of a full-sister to another Champion stallion in Lonhro. A fast, precocious juvenile, Kuroshio defeated several older G1-winning sprinters when he claimed the G2 McEwen Stakes at Moonee Valley as a three-year-old.
In addition to standing stallions, Darley also manages some of the racing interests of Sheikh Mohammed and various members of the Maktoum family, and has thoroughbred racehorses with various trainers in the UK, Ireland, France, the United States, Australia and Japan. The best of these horses will transfer to Godolphin, to race in the famous blue silks that have been carried to victory in numerous G1 races across the globe.