Two Darley Horses to Stand at Stud in China

Owner wants to support emergence of Chinese Thoroughbred industry.

Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley operation has announced well-bred stakes winners Jalil and Sousa will enter stud in China in 2012 in an effort to bolster that country’s emerging Thoroughbred industry.

Jalil, a group II-winning son of Storm Cat, will stand at Lisui Farm in Beijing, and Sousa, a group I winner in Australia, will stand at Ordos Farm in Inner Mongolia. According to a Darley announcement, both horses will be managed by Junling Sun, who graduated from Darley’s Flying Start program.

“Sheikh Mohammed is eager to support the emergence of the Chinese Thoroughbred industry and is particularly pleased he can contribute to the development of the Chinese racehorse,” John Ferguson, Shiekh Mohammed’s bloodstock advisor, said in a statement. “Sheikh Mohammed has selected these two stallions as they both are exceptional physical specimens, each boast stellar classic bloodlines, and both performed with great credit at the highest level.”

Bred in Kentucky by Martin and Pam Wygod, Jalil was produced from the multiple grade I winner Tranquility Lake, a daughter of Rahy who has also produced multiple grade I winner After Market and grade I winner Courageous Cat. Ferguson purchased Jalil for $9.7 million from the Mill Ridge Sales consignment at the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale.

Trained by Saeed bin Suroor for most of his career, Jalil won four of 16 starts, including the Sakhee Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid al Maktoum Challenge-Round 3 (UAE-II) in 2008, and earned $345,788.

Sousa, a son of top Coolmore stallion Galileo, was bred in New Zealand by L. V. Pearson. Consigned to the Inglis Easer sale in 2007, the colt was purchased by Woodlands Stud for US$347,046 from the Trelawney Stud consignment.

Racing first for Woodlands Stud Syndicate and then Sheikh Mohammed, Sousa was trained by Peter Snowden to win three of 12 starts and earn $432,148. He won the Thrifty Spring Champion Stakes (AUS-IT) and MGA Insurance Brokers Spring Stakes (AUS-IT) in 2008.