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TrueNicks Welcomes Darley Australia

Broodmare owners will not only be able to access the Darley Australia stallion here at TrueNicks.com but also on the Blood-Horse stallion register, Weatherby's stallion register and on Stallions.com.au, Australia's premier online stallion directory. The 24 strong roster, with the chance of more to come, is a mouthwatering line-up of the best on offer in North America, Europe and Australia.

Obviously Danzig line stallions are well represented in the roster, with the former Claiborne stallion having his sons, grandsons and great grandsons create a dynasty to their own in Australia. The Danzig son Ad Valorem (TrueNicks,SRO) was a group I performer in Europe during all three of his seasons on the flat, winning Middle Park S. (gr. I) at 2 and the Royal Ascot Queen Anne S. at 4. He stands alongside another son of Danzig to call Darley Australia home on Southern time in Hard Spun (TrueNicks,SRO) , who has all the ingredients to be the next great sire from this line. He knocked heads with Curlin and Street Sense and during his sophomore season and got his grade I in the King's Bishop Stakes at Saratoga. Past winners of that race include the leading Australian sire More Than Ready.

The first son of Danzig to become a leading sire was Green Desert and his son Kheleyf (TrueNicks,SRO) was a group winner at Royal Ascot in his racing days. Out of a mare by Mr. Prospector, he's the sire of a pair of group winners so far and hails from the family of leading Australian sires Flying Spur and Encosta de Lago. Danzig's son Danehill has created his own dynasty in Australia and Darley Australia is home to three of his finest sons. The Danehill stallion Commands (AUS) (TrueNicks,SRO) is the sire of 25 stakes winners, including  four winners at the group I level. Exceed and Excel (TrueNicks,SRO) is up to 12 stakes winners from his first two crops while the Danehill son Gonski (AUS) (TrueNicks,SRO) stands his third season in 2010. Out of a mare by Marauding (NZ), Gonski was a stakes winner at 2 and 3.

One of Danehill's best sons at stud in Australia is Redoute's Choice and he is also represented on the Darley roster. The royally bred Musket (AUS) (TrueNicks,SRO) is a very intriguing stallion prospect. A son of Redoute's Choice out of the Riverman mare Tugela, he's a brother to the great Makybe Diva. On the track he scored in four stakes, including the group II Shannon Stakes. Nadeem (AUS) (TrueNicks,SRO) is another son of Redoute's Choice, he is out of multiple group I winner Candide. A half brother to Hong Kong group I winner Billion Win, Nadeem took the 2005 group I Blue Diamond Stakes, a race his own sire won a few years earlier.

Finally, another son of Danehill in the Golden Slipper winner Flying Spur is the sire of the royally-bred Shaft (AUS) (TrueNicks,SRO), who enters his second season in 2010. A group winning juvenile, he's out of a mare by the good American stallion Rahy from a sire producing family.

Out of a mare by Danehill, the Champion 2-year-old Teofilo (IRE) (TrueNicks,SRO) was a three time group winner at 2 with the Dewhurst Stakes (gr. I) and Curragh National Stakes (gr. I) among his victories. He's a son of Galileo who is also the sire of another Darley stallion in New Approach (IRE) (TrueNicks,SRO). A dual group I winner at 2, he won the Epsom Darby (gr. I), Newmarket Champion S. (gr. I) and Irish Champion S. (gr. I) at 3. He's out of the group I winning Ahonoora mare Park Express, making him a brother to a pair of stakes winners, including Shinko Forest. Rounding out the triumvirate of Sadler's Wells line stallions is the Epsom Derby (gr. I) winner Authorized (IRE) (TrueNicks,SRO) who shuttles to Australia from his base in Europe. He could well be the next great Sadler's Wells line stallion in Australia where his sire Montjeu has performed very well.

Surprise packet Dubawi (IRE) (TrueNicks,SRO) is a three time group I winner from Dubai Millennium's only crop and represents the Mr Prospector sireline. He's doing his part to extend the line with a three group winners thus far in his first crop including a highly promising two-year-old in New Zealand.

Another Mr Prospector line stallion is Any Given Saturday (TrueNicks,SRO) who is one of the better sons of Distorted Humor to stud so far, a stallion who did well inhis limited crops in Australia. Out of a mare by A. P. Indy, he was a four time stakes winner, defeating Hard Spun and Curlin in the grade I Haskell Invitational Stakes. Speaking of A. P Indy, Champion Bernardini (TrueNicks,SRO) will see his first Northern Hemisphere runners debut this year but has his first Australian progeny as foals and by all accounts they certainly look the part. He took the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and the Travers Stakes (gr. I) during his sensational 3-year-old campaign in 2006.

As with Hard Spun, the King's Bishop was also among the five stakes wins by Henny Hughes (TrueNicks,SRO) , who also defeated older runners in the grade I Vosburgh Stakes. The speedy son of Hennessy (and a grandson of Storm Cat) is out of the stakes placed Meadowlake mare Meadow Flyer. Speaking of Storm Cat, another grandson in Shamardal (TrueNicks,SRO) is off to a flying start with pair of group winners already in his first Northern Hemisphere crop. It's the same story with his first Southern Hemisphere runners which include VRC Oaks (gr. I) victress Faint Perfume.

Shamardal is out of a sister to the leading sire Street Cry (IRE) (TrueNicks,SRO) , and both he and his sons Street Boss (TrueNicks,SRO) and Street Sense (TrueNicks,SRO) stand in Australia for Darley.  Street Boss is among the 11 grade/group I winners sired so far by Street Cry. Out of a stakes placed Ogygian mare, Street Boss actually won a pair of grade I sprints in California before running third the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I). Street Cry has sired grade/group I winners or champions in five countries making him a truly great international sire. Among his top Australian runners are group I winner Whobegotyou and Melboure Cup (gr.  I) winner Shocking. Street Sense became the first winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) to come back to take the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). He narrowly lost the subsequent Preakness Stakes (gr. I) to Curlin but added the Travers Stakes to his already impressive resume. His first weanlings were well received in America, averaging $148,500 (USD) last year.

The locally bred Domesday (AUS) (TrueNicks,SRO) is already the sire of three winners from his first Australian crop with the promise of many more to come. The Red Ransom stallion won the group II Silver Slipper in his juvenile season and hails from the same female line as the Champion Australian stallion Redoute's Choice and the recently retired Manhattan Rain, so he does have a lot to recommend

There aren't many runners in history that can boast more group I wins than Lonhro (AUS) (TrueNicks,SRO)'s 11. A son of Octagonal, group I winner Denham is among the good runners from his first three crops and he and fellow Darley stallion Reset (AUS) (TrueNicks,SRO) hold the Sir Tristram (Ire) sireline in their hands. Victoria Derby (gr. I) winner Rebel Raider is among the top runners sired so far by Reset. A dual group I winner by Zabeel, Reset is out of Assertive Lass, a multiple group I winner by Zeditave.

Speaking of which, the Zeditave stallion Strategic (AUS) (TrueNicks,SRO) is the sire of 46 stakes horses so far in what's been a very solid career. Nearly half of his stakes winners are group winners, including three group I winners, and he has proven an ever reliable source of speed for breeders in Australia.
 

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