Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley operation announced that Medaglia d'Oro , the leading second-crop sire of 2009 and sire of Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, will shuttle to Australia for the 2010 Southern Hemisphere breeding season. The Australian fee for the son of El Prado, who stands at Darley in Kentucky for a $100,000 fee, and location will be determined at a later date.
"We are delighted that Sheikh Mohammed has decided to bring Medaglia d’Oro to Australia," said Darley Australia managing director Henry Plumptre in a release from Darley. "Medaglia d’Oro is, quite simply, one of the best and most exciting stallions in the world and we are very lucky to see his like here in Australia. His progeny excel on all surfaces and he gets both extreme quality, and quality in quantity; those are the rarest of attributes for a stallion."
In addition to Rachel Alexandra, who dominated her own division as well as defeating 3-year-old colts and older males last year, Medaglia d’Oro has also been represented by the additional grade I winner Gabby's Golden Gal from his first crop, which are now 4-year-olds.