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Darley has launched a initiative aimed at encouraging European breeders to support its new stallions.
The Darley Club initiative asks breeders to pay upfront for one nomination and in return they can breed to him in his second and third seasons for free. If a breeder uses the stallion in all three seasons, they earn a loyalty bonus – a lifetime breeding right to that stallion.
Four new stallions will be offered to Club members for the 2016 breeding season and two of them, French Navy and Fulbright, will stand at Kildangan Stud. The other stallions covered by the initiative are Outstrip, who will be based at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, and Hunter’s Light who will stand in France at Haras du Logis.
Nominations to all four stallions will also be available on Darley’s standard October 1st single live foal terms. Outstrip will stand at a fee of £5,000, while the other three will stand at €4,000.
Outstrip (by Exceed And Excel) quickly proved himself a top-flight performer when defeating subsequent multiple Group 1 winner The Grey Gatsby by three lengths in the Group 2 Champagne Stakes, before triumphing over 12 rivals in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita. Having also been Group 1-placed in the Dewhurst Stakes, Outstrip added a further Group 1 placing to his record when third in the St James’s Palace Stakes to Classic-winning milers Kingman and Night Of Thunder.
Also a precocious juvenileby Exceed And Excel, Fulbright landed the Listed Woodcote Stakes on Derby day, before stepping up to become an ultra-tough and consistent performer from seven furlongs to a mile, where his victories included the Group 2 Challenge Stakes at Newmarket.
French Navy (by Shamardal), who remains in training until the end of the season, proved himself a model of consistency throughout his six seasons of racing, winning at Group level at two, three, six and seven and at Stakes level in every season between. His career highlights include victory in the Group 3 Prix de Chenes over a mile at two, and in the Group 3 Earl Of Sefton Stakes in April this year.
Hunter’s Light (by Dubawi) also maintained the highest level of form throughout six seasons of racing, in a career that saw him record three Group 1 triumphs over from nine to 10 furlongs. Following a hat-trick of listed victories at three, he went on to triumph in the Group 1 Premio Roma at four, before rounding off his career with a pair of Group 1 victories in Dubai.
Sam Bullard, Darley's director of stallions, said: “The Darley Club offers breeders a fantastic and very affordable way of breeding to quality stallions. The chance to secure a lifetime breeding right for the cost of just one nomination is a great opportunity for breeders, and offers fantastic terms which put the balance of power firmly in the hands of the breeder.”