Darley Plans Foray Into Japanese Racing

Sheikh Mohammed's involvement in Japanese racing is to be stepped up next year, with six 2-year-old colts set to race for Darley Japan, probably based at Funabashi Racecourse.

Darley has been represented in Japan for the past five years by a number of mares, originally sent out to be covered by Sunday Silence, with some of their offspring being offered at Japanese sales. There are currently about 20 Darley mares in Japan.

A company called Darley Japan has just been created, under the auspices of Riki Takahashi. The training base and the trainer will be decided in the next couple of months.