Introduction to Darley
When purchased from the Philipps family in 1981, Dalham Hall stud farm stood just one stallion and employed fewer than ten people. Since the acquisition of Dalham Hall Stud, various surrounding farms have been added to Darley’s UK portfolio.
Currently heading the line-up of eight thoroughbred stallions at Dalham Hall is Dubawi, one of the world’s most successful stallions and a son of one of the most famous stallions to stand at Dalham Hall – Dubai Millennium. Born on the stud and trained in Newmarket, Dubai Millennium won the Dubai World Cup and was the sensational eight-length winner of the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. Upon his retirement from racing, he returned to the stud farm to stand as a stallion but, sadly, sired just one crop of foals before dying of grass sickness. Dubawi’s G1-winning son Poet’s Voice also stands at Dalham Hall and his first crop of foals are now on the ground.
Standing alongside Dubawi is the Champion first and second-season sire New Approach, who was also the undefeated Champion juvenile of his year. He joins Exceed And Excel, the world’s number one sire of two-year-old winners, two-year-old Stakes horses and two-year-old Group or Listed winners.
Also on the Dalham Hall roster is Farhh who, as a racehorse, was the brilliant winner of the G1 Champion and G1 Lockinge Stakes. Two of the best thoroughbred stallions seen in Australia in recent years also reside at Dalham – Sepoy, a World Champion at three and the best juvenile colt since the 1970s, and Helmet – a dual G1 winner at two who went on to win the G1 Caulfield Guineas in record time.
Kildangan Stud in County Kildare, Ireland, was purchased in 1986 and is now home to nine thoroughbred stallions, including leading sires Cape Cross and Shamardal, plus the highly promising young stallions Iffraaj and Teofilo – both of whom are already responsible for multiple G1 winners.
They stand alongside New Approach’s outstanding son Dawn Approach, the undefeated Champion Juvenile who went on to win the Guineas and the St James’s Palace Stakes at three.
Darley’s global bloodstock expansion continued in 2001 with the purchase of Jonabell Farm, located in the famous bluegrass state of Kentucky in the United States. Founded in 1946 by renowned breeder John A Bell III, Jonabell has produced over 200 Stakes winners and stood 13 stallions in 2014 including the world-class stallion, Animal Kingdom - the talented Kentucky Derby winner who also recorded a scintillating win in the Dubai World Cup. The roster also includes World Champion three-year-old Discreet Cat and two of America’s leading stallions, Medaglia d’Oro and Street Cry, together with Street Cry’s son Street Sense – the only horse ever to win both the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Kentucky Derby who is now establishing himself as a leading sire in the thoroughbred breeding world. Darley will also stand Desert Party and new retiree Emcee at Sequel Stallions stud farm in New York.
Darley also has a racehorse breeding stud in Japan which stood eight stallions in 2014, including triple G1 winner and Horse of the Year Admire Moon. He joins the Japan Derby winner Deep Sky and G1-winning miler Pyro, plus King’s Best - sire of Japan Derby and Tenno Sho winner Eishin Flash. Also standing at Darley in Japan are Hard Spun, already proven as a sire of talented runners, and Dubai World Cup winner Monterosso (who becomes the second son of Dubawi to retire to Darley).
Darley Australia was established in 2001. It comprises several properties (studs and training facilities) located in the leading thoroughbred breeding regions of New South Wales and Victoria. Darley’s Australian studs stand a roster of 23 stallions including Australia’s current Champion sire stallion Exceed And Excel who also stands at Dalham Hall, fellow Champion sire Lonhro and leading sire Commands. Other selected stallions travel here from Darley’s northern hemisphere studs.
In addition to standing stallions, Darley manages the racing interests of Sheikh Mohammed and various members of the Maktoum family, and has racehorses with a number of 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 which have been carried to victory in numerous Group One races across the globe.