Trainees for the two-year Darley Flying Start scholarship program come from seven different countries, the Darley International Student Program said May 11.
Elite European sprinter Slade Power, winner of the Diamond Jubilee (Eng-I) in June at Royal Ascot, has been purchased by Darley to stand next year at Kildangan Stud in Ireland.
The Darley Flying Start class of 2012-14 got a send-off dinner to Australia July 15, about two weeks after the program's 10-year reunion was held in Ireland.
Sheikh Mohammed's Kildangan Stud in Ireland has started legal action in Australia against billionaire coal tycoon and Thoroughbred owner Nathan Tinkler, whose empire looks to be collapsing.
Irish stallion Iffraaj set a European freshman sire record of 36 2-year-old winners when his son Dixlesio won Nov. 21 at Madrid in Spain.
The first wave of up to 30 American mares booked to Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Raven's Pass is scheduled to reach Ireland on Dec. 20, with two other groups slated to begin quarantine soon prior to their trips.
Bertolini, England's leading freshman sire by progeny earnings, will relocate to Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation, Kildangan Stud, in County Kildare, Ireland, in 2006.
European champion Shamardal, who currently is spending his first season at stud at Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Australia near Aberdeen, will begin his Northern Hemisphere career in 2006 at the Sheikh's Kildangan Stud in Ireland.
Refuse To Bend, an Irish champion 3-year-old miler and group I winner all three years he has raced, will retire to Darley's Kildangan Stud at the end of the season.
Exceed And Excel, who has been for the past 18 months the highest-rated sprinter Australians have seen in the past 10 years, has run his last race and has been retired to stud.
Classic winner King's Best was represented by his first winner when King of Love won June 23 at Carlisle in England.
Darley lost one of its flagship Irish stallions Saturday with the death of In The Wings, winner of the 1990 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) and a proven European classic sire.
Darley stallion In the Wings, who won the 1990 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) and was a champion in France, was diagnosed with laminitis the past weekend and has been relieved temporarily from stallion duty.
Godolphin Racing's dual Guineas winner Bachir has been retired and will stand at Kildangan Stud in Ireland beginning in the 2001 breeding season, according to Sporting Life. Bachir won five of 10 career races, including a rare classic double of the Dubai Poule d'Essai des Poulains-French Two Thousand Guineas (Fr-I) and the Entenmanns Irish Two Thousand Guineas.
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