THE long-awaited answer to the question over where Cracksman will stand at stud has been delivered.

On Monday morning Darley confirmed that the dual Champion Stakes winner trained by John Gosden for Anthony Oppenheim will retire to Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, where he will stand alongside Golden Horn, a Derby and Arc winner for the same owner-trainer combination.

A son of Frankel, Cracksman will stand at a fee of £25,000. He is Europe’s highest-rated horse.

Winner of his sole start at two (where he finished four lengths ahead of Stradivarius), Cracksman was beaten less than a length in both the English and Irish Derbies, before storming to wide-margin victories in the Great Voltiguer, the Prix Niel and the Champion Stakes – winning the last by no fewer than seven lengths.

This year he has added three further victories at the highest level to his outstanding record, landing the Prix Ganay, the Coronation Cup and his second consecutive Champion Stakes, once again by a huge margin. This victory earned him a Timeform rating of 136, 2lb clear of Arc heroine Enable.

Cracksman is the highest-rated horse to retire to stud in Europe since his own sire, Frankel. In fact, the only other horses retired with a higher rating since 2000 are Sea The Stars and Dubai Millennium.

Darley's star stallion Dubawi remains unchanged at £250,000.

There are four further new additions to the European roster, including star sprinter Harry Angel, who will stand at Dalham Hall Stud at a fee of £20,000. Jungle Cat will stand at Kildangan Stud at €8,000.

Multiple Group 1 winner Hawkbill will cover his first book at Dalham Hall Stud at a fee of £7,500, while Cloth Of Stars will command the same fee at Darley's French base, Haras du Logis.

New Approach, sire of Derby winner Masar, is unchanged at £30,000. Golden Horn comes down from £60,000 to £50,000.

Exceed And Excel (£50,000) and Teofilo (€40,000) are unchanged.


(2018 fees in brackets)

Dubawi £250,000 (same)

Golden Horn £50,000 (£60,000)

Iffraaj £35,000 (£40,000)

New Approach £30,000 (same)

Cracksman £25,000 (New)

Harry Angel £20,000 (New)

Night Of Thunder £15,000 (same)

Postponed £15,000 (£20,000)

Territories £12,000 (same)

Farhh £10,000 (same)

Hawkbill £7,500 (New)

Brazen Beau £7,000 (same)

Charming Thought £6,000 (same)

Outstrip £5,000 (same)


(2018 fees in brackets)

Shamardal (private)

Exceed And Excel €50,000 (same)

Teofilo €40,000 (same)

Ribchester €25,000 (€30,000)

Dawn Approach €15,000 (€20,000)

Fast Company €12,000 (€9,000)

Profitable €12,000 (same)

Belardo €10,000 (€15,000)

Raven's Pass €10,000 (same)

Jungle Cat €8,000 (New)

Slade Power €7,500 (€15,000)

The Last Lion €7,500 (same)

Buratino €5,000 (same)

French Navy €4,000 (same)

Fulbright €4,000 (same)


(2018 fees in brackets)

Authorized €12,000 (same)

Cloth Of Stars €7,500 (New)

Mandro €7,000 (same)

Ultra €7,000 (same)

Bow Creek €4,000

Hunter's Light €4,000

Masterstroke €4,000