Sheikh Mohammed's Darley, which will be standing 28 stallions in Australia in 2008, has set its fees for the upcoming breeding season.
Champion sprinter and Australia’s leading first-season sire Exceed And Excel will head the roster. Exceed And Excel, who has enjoyed a fine season with his first crop of 2-year-olds, will stand for $110,000 (about $105,000 in U.S. funds).
Returning to Australia from the United States are Elusive Quality, who will stand for $82,500; Bernardini, whose fee is $55,000; and Street Sense , who also will stand for $55,000. Also making the trip from the States are Consolidator, Any Given Saturday, and Henny Hughes.
With the news that Darley has received approval to purchase Woodlands Stud, Darley will complement its existing roster with eight formidable stallions that are already familiar to Australasian breeders. Included are Danehill’s son Commands, who will stand at $66,000. and Lonhro, who will stand for $55,000.
Announcing Darley’s fees, general manager Oliver Tait said, “Sheikh Mohammed’s goal is to stand the world’s best stallions. Our roster for 2008 is our best ever, and it has extraordinary strength and depth. Our six new stallions form the best credentialed and most exciting line-up of young stallions we’ve ever offered. We are also thrilled to be welcoming the Woodlands stallions and clients to Darley. The stallions really do complement our roster as they offer some of the finest Australian pedigrees to breeders.”
The Woodlands stallions will remain standing at their current locations in 2008.
Manduro, who was previously earmarked to shuttle, will unfortunately not travel from Ireland to Australia this season to enable him to recover fully from the racing injury he sustained last year.
The full stallion roster, plus fees and locations:
Exceed And Excel $110,000 Aberdeen
Elusive Quality $82,500 Aberdeen
Bernardini $55,000 Aberdeen
Street Sense $55,000 Aberdeen
Shamardal $44,000 Aberdeen
Dubawi $33,000 Aberdeen
Nadeem $33,000 Aberdeen
Henny Hughes $27,500 Aberdeen
Librettist $22,000 Aberdeen
Tiger Hill $22,000 Aberdeen
Carnegie $16,500 Aberdeen
Refuse To Bend $16,500 Aberdeen
Untouchable $7,700 Aberdeen
Strategic $16,500 Cootamundra
Domesday $11,000 Cootamundra
Quest for Fame $11,000 Cootamundra
Commands $66,000 Denman
Lonhro $55,000 Denman
Ad Valorem $22,000 Denman
Canny Lad $22,000 Denman
Octagonal $16,500 Denman
Manton $11,000 Denman
Hard Spun $33,000 Seymour, Victoria
Reset $33,000 Seymour, Victoria
Any Given Saturday $22,000 Seymour, Victoria
Dubai Destination $22,000 Seymour, Victoria
Consolidator $13,750 Seymour, Victoria
Gonski $7,700 Seymour, Victoria
Fees include GST and are payable on a live foal (conditions apply).