More Darley Stallions Parade at Dalham Hall Stud
Hand in hand with the Darley operation is of course the better known Godolphin Racing with the famous all royal blue racing colours. All the stallions selected to stand at any of the Darley studs have first had successful racing careers. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai set up the Godolphin operation in 1992 and the operation went international two years later. Godolphin currently have 167 horses in training in the UK alone. 61 of these are colts, the rest are fillies and geldings. They are mainly trained in Newmarket by Charlie Appleby and Saeed Bin Suroor in two separate yards. The Sheikh breeds a lot of foals each year, but also sources many horses by buying them from other breeders at the yearling auctions each year. Throughout the world, The Godolphin operation has won over 5000 races with 288 Group 1 wins.
In this article, we continue to look at the rest of the stallions who paraded at Dalham Hall Stud this week. Like the first article, the eighteen stallions shown are written about here in alphabetical order.
Harry Angel. Born 2014. World Champion Record breaking Sprinter
A Group winner at 2, 3 and 4, Harry Angel is a record breaking sprinting Group 1 victor. He won 5 of his 12 starts at 2, 3 and 4 including The July Cup and The Haydock Sprint Cup. (both Group 1s). He is recognised by many as the best son of Dark Angel, a prolific sire of winners himself, and out of a mare by Cadeaux Genereux. Harry Angel is standing at Dalham Hall for his first season in 2019.
Hawkbill. Born 2013. U.S.A bred. Group 1 winner.
Hawkbill is another first season sire a and stands at Dalham Hall. He is by Kittens Joy out of a Giant Causeway mare. He won The Eclipse Stakes Group 1 at 3 and at 4 won another 2 group contests before at 5 being sent to the Dubai World Cup where he won the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic. Another consistently tough race horse winning 10 of his 24 starts from 2 to 5 years. 2019 is his first season at stud.
New Approach. Epsom Derby winner and Champion on track and at stud.
Another real star on the Darley roster. By champion sire Galileo out of champion mare Park Express by Ahonoora, New Approach won no less than 8 Group 1 races at 2 and 3 including The Epsom Derby, The 2000 Guineas, The Irish equivalent and both The Champion Stakes in the UK and Ireland. At stud, his first crop included Dawn Approach and Talent, both classic winners, and his prolific career has gone on with him being sire of a Derby winner himself, Masar in 2018. He stands at Dalham Hall.
Night of Thunder. Born 2011. Classic winner. Top first season sire.
Standing at Dalham Hall, Night of Thunder also boasts great parentage. He is by Dubawi out of Forest Storm by Galileo. His first two year olds of 2019 have shown great promise with 7 individual winners so far. (end June) He won the Newmarket 2000 Guineas and three other Group 1 races. The St James Palace Stakes, The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at 3 and the following year added the Lockinge Stakes to his tally.
Postponed. Born 2011. European Champion. Triple Group 1 winner at 5.
Another by the great Dubawi out of a mare by Dubai Destination. Postponed won 4 Group 1 races at 4 and 5. A solid performer who raced from 2 to 6. He won 9 of his 20 starts. He won The Coronation Cup, The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, The Juddmonte International Stakes and the Dubai Sheema Classic, all races over 12 furlongs. (1.5 miles) He stands at Dalham Hall. His first first foals were born in 2019.
Profitable. Born 2012. Triple Group winner at 4.
By Invincible Spirit out of an Indian Ridge mare. This speedy horse won 4 sprint races at 2, 3 and 4 years. His Group 1 win was at Royal Ascot when winning The King Stand Stakes. He also won The Temple Stakes and The Palace House Stakes in the same year. He stands in Ireland and his first crop are now foals.
Ribchester. Born 2013. European Champion Miler in 2016 and 2017.
By Iffraaj out of a Marju mare, Ribchester won 6 races, 4 of which were Group 1 contests. He won The Queen Anne Stakes in record time and also Prix Jacques Le Marois together with another prestigious French Group 1 The Prix Du Moulin de Longchamp and finally The Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. He stands in Ireland. His first crop are now foals.
Territories. Born 2012. Group 1 winner in France
Territories did all his racing in France, except on one occasion when he went for the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and was just beaten into second. He won The Prix Jean Prat contest over 8 furlongs (Group 1) and the Group 3 Prix de Fontainebleau. He was placed in a further five Group races. He is by Invincible Spirit out of a Machiavellian mare. He stands at Dalham Hall and his first crop are yearlings in 2019.
We should say that at studs in the UK, Ireland and France, there are currently 37 stallions on the Darley Roster of which these shown here are a few.
I should also like to thank both Sam Bullard – director of Darley Stallions and Bethan Byrne for their hospitality while visiting Dalham Hall Stud.