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 2013 is headed by 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. Now three-year-olds, Street Cry's first New South Wales-bred crop include G1 Caulfield Guineas winner Long John and G1 VRC Oaks place-getter Solicit.
Street Cry is joined by 11-time G1 winner and Champion thoroughbred stallion Lonhro, sire of Champion colt Pierro.
Australia's reigning Champion stallion, the sensational sprinter Exceed And Excel has sired more juvenile winners and juvenile Stakes winners since 2008 than any other stallion in the world and will stand at the stud farm at Kelvinside. He has enjoyed a remarkable run of success recently, having sired G1 Golden Slipper winner Overreach and G1 Sires' Produce Stakes winner Guelph. His triple G1-winning son Helmet returns for his second season at Northwood Park stud farm.
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 nine G1 winners for her sire, will cover his fourth Australian book of mares at Kelvinside in 2013.
After covering a stellar book of mares in his first season at stud, World Champion sprinter Sepoy returns for his second season 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 one of the most consistent thoroughbred stallions in the country, Commands has enjoyed his best season yet, siring G1 winners Commanding Jewel, Appearance and Epaulette.
Returning to Northwood Park stud is Street Boss, America's multiple record-breaking and multiple G1-winning speed horse by Street Cry, who will return to cover his fourth book of mares. He has made an immediate impact at stud in Australia with four of his first six runners already winners.
World Champion three-year-old Bernardini will return to Australia this year, as will one of America's best three-year-olds of 2007, Hard Spun. After missing the 2012 breeding season in Australia due to illness, Teofilo, who has produced G1 winners in each of his first two European crops, returns to Kelvinside stud farm.
Zabeel's unbeaten dual G1-winning son Reset, sire of G1 Cox Plate winner Pinker Pinker, will stand at Northwood Park, alongside up-and-coming young thoroughbred Domesday, who has already sired G1 winners Pressday and Doctor Doom. Denman's first yearlings have been exceptionally well received and he, together with Time Thief and Ad Valorem, will stand at Kelvinside.
Second-season sires standing at Kelvinside are Dubawi’s G1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes-winning son Poet's Voice, and Lonhro’s G1-winning son Benfica. Commands' G1-winning son Skilled, a winner of the G1 Champagne Stakes, will stand at Northwood Park.
Von Costa de Hero, acknowledged by the entire industry for his phenomenal run in the Golden Slipper, his win in the Sires' Produce Stakes and placings in the Caulfield and Australian Guineas, will stand at Northwood Park, as will Strategic.
As we look ahead, 2014 will be an exciting year for Darley in Australia with Dawn Approach and Epaulette set to join the stallion roster at Kelvinside. 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.
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.