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Oratory to Stand at Country Life in Maryland

Oratory, winner of this year's Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) in stakes-record time in the silks of Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stable, arrived at the Pons family's Country Life Farm near Bel Air, Md., Aug. 30 to take up stud duties for 2006.

Grade I Winner Balletto Retired

Balletto, the first Dubai-bred to win a grade I stakes in North America, has been retired from racing after undergoing surgery for an impacted intestine.

Mark of Esteem to Shuttle to Brazil

English champion miler and classic winner Mark of Esteem will be leased by Haras Fazenda Mondesir in Brazil from Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stud Management for the 2005-06 breeding season.

Dubawi To Be Odds-On in Guineas

Nineteen horses still remain eligible Thursday for the UltimatePoker.com Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I), the first British classic of the season at Newmarket on Saturday. Despite the sizable field, all eyes will be on the unbeaten colt, Dubawi.

Shuttle Group Arrives Down Under

In mid-July, speculation was rife in Australia that the top stallion Elusive Quality had outgrown Down Under and therefore wasn't going to shuttle this year.

Darley Continues Buying Spree Down Under

It seems purchasing sprinting sensation Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona) for A$22 million (U.S. $16.9 million) last month wasn't enough for the ever-expanding Darley in Australia. The big boys have just grown a tad more and in the interim again turned the screws on all Australian stud rivals by buying Australia's best 3-year-old Reset (Zabeel-Assertive Lass) for A$20 million (U.S.$15.3 million) overnight.

Darley Expanding Australian Stallion Operation

When Darley came to Australia in 2001, everyone connected withThoroughbred breeding sensed it was going to be a move of significance. Last year, Darley stood 10 stallions and attracted 785 mares. This year, with four more stallions and stud fees reduced to make them attractive to any broodmare owner, combined with the travel rebate and Darley's easy to acquire foal share deals, means that 785 may well double.

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