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The Darley stallions have enjoyed another outstanding year, siring the winners of the Dubai World Cup, the Derby, the King’s Stand, the Prince Of Wales’s, the King George, the Arlington Million, the National Stakes and the Dewhurst, to name but a few.

Joining the roster at Dalham Hall Stud for 2019 is Europe’s highest-rated horse,, Cracksman.

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 and the Prix Niel.

This year he has added three further victories at the highest level to his outstanding record, landing the Prix Ganay, the Coronation Cup. He earned a Timeform rating of 136, 2lbs 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 the great Dubai Millennium.

Cracksman will stand at a fee of £25,000, October 1st SLF.

One stallion who has carried all before him in 2018 is Dubawi, officially the best stallion in the world by TRC ranking, and the first UK-based sire ever to record 100 individual Group winners. Sire of 38 Group One winners to date, Dubawi has notched six winners at the highest level this year, headed by the unbeaten two-year-olds, and the best two juveniles in Europe, Too Darn Hot, winner of the Darley Dewhurst and National Stakes hero Quorto. Dubawi’s 2019 fee 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.

Harry Angel, a record-breaking World Champion sprinter and the best so far by Dark Angel, won the Darley July Cup and the Haydock Sprint Cup, the latter by the widest margin ever recorded, last year and is the highest-rated sprinter to retire to stud in the UK since 1985.

Another record-breaking speedster to join the stallion ranks is Jungle Cat, who will stand at Kildangan Stud at €8,000. The son of Iffraaj was a high-class performer at two, who went on to land this year’s Al Quoz Sprint, before flying to victory in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes in Australia.

Hawkbill, also victorious at Meydan on Dubai World Cup night – this time with a dominant win in the Dubai Sheema Classic – will cover his first book at Dalham Hall Stud at a fee of £7,500.

Hawkbill won the Eclipse at three, putting up the same performance by Timeform as Roaring Lion’s win over Saxon Warrior this year.

New to the roster at Haras du Logis is Cloth Of Stars, the first colt home in the past two Prix de l’Arc de Triomphes and winner of the Prix Ganay. Timeform’s Champion older horse of 2017, he will stand at €7,500.

New Approach has enjoyed a banner year, thanks in no small part to outstanding Derby winner Masar. He is also sire of trio Ostilio, Loxley and Waldlied, who all hail from the same post-Dawn Approach crop as Masar. New Approach’s fee is unchanged at £30,000.

Standing alongside him is Golden Horn, whose first yearlings averaged £160,000 and whose much-anticipated first runners will appear on the racecourse in 2019. He will stand at £50,000.

Exceed And Excel recently reached a milestone 150 Black Type winners, becoming only the second Australian-bred sire ever to do so. He will once again stand at a fee of €50,000, alongside Teofilo who also remains unchanged at €40,000.

Sam Bullard, Director of stallions, said, “We are delighted to announce the fees for the Darley roster in Europe. Never before have we been able to offer breeders such great value across every sector of the market.

“To be entrusted with the future careers of two great speedsters in Harry Angel and Jungle Cat, Eclipse winner Hawkbill, by one of America’s best, as well as the highest-rated horse in the world in Cracksman is a huge privilege.

“We will continue our policy of selling a limited number of breeding rights, and to that end we look forward to working closely with breeders as we strive to uncover the next Dubawi.”

For a full list of fees and locations for the European Darley stallions, click here.