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Group 1 winners Kingman and Shamardal’s sons bolster Kelvinside sire list


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Palace Pier: World champion miler will shuttle to Kelvinside for Southern Hemisphere breeding season


By Tim Rowe of ANZ Bloodstock News

World champion miler Palace Pier, two-year-old Pinatubo champion and juvenile unbeaten Group 1 winner Victor Ludorum will all commute to Darley Australia as the breeding powerhouse expands its enviable international offering to Australasian breeders in 2022.

The season one trio, all to be held at Darley’s Hunter Valley’s Kelvinside operation, will give breeders access to elite bloodlines in the ‘bull feel’ Kingman and the irrepressible Shamardal.

Five-time Group 1 winners Palace Pier and Pinatubo will both be presented at A$55,000, while Victor Ludorum will pay a launch fee of A$24,750 (all fees include GST).

A purchase of 600,000 gns (A$1.15 million) by his trainer John Gosden at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Palace Pier quickly established himself as an elite horse, winning his only two two-man starts, before coming back to three to win the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and the prestigious Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville, a race he would also win at the age of four.

Palace Pier added two more Group 1s to his CV at the age of four when he triumphed in the Lockinge Stakes and the Queen Anne Stakes and he eventually pulled out the winner in nine of his 11 starts.

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Palace Pier (right) and Pinatubo (centre) will meet in Australia

Palace Pier (right) and Pinatubo (centre) will meet in Australia

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Darley Australia sales manager Andy Makiv inspected Palace Pier, who is out of mare Nayef Beach Frolic, at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket last month and he said he was impressed with the impressive stallion.

“Alastair Pulford and I were lucky enough to travel to the UK a few weeks ago to see him and others. He has a lot of ‘wow factor’,” Makiv told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“He’s very handsome, he’s got quality, great top, presence, good hip, he’s athletic – he’s got everything you could ask for in a thoroughbred.

“We are extremely delighted that he is coming to Kelvinside. We love that he is by Kingman, love that he is a champion, love that he is a two-year-old unbeaten and five-time Group 1 winner. He is a honor and privilege to take it to Australia and hold it at Kelvinside.

Kingman is the sire of 43 Stakes winners, led by four Group 1 winners and Palace Pier will become the second son of Juddmonte’s sire to travel to Australia, with Coolmore having downed Group 2 winner Calyx in the last two seasons of reproduction in the southern hemisphere.

“Kingman is what we describe as a sensational stallion and as such he is a highly sought after stallion in Europe and having his best son shuttling is fantastic for the Australian market,” said Makiv.

“His racing record speaks for itself but physically he is an eye-filling horse and a horse Aussies will love and he is a horse that will suit Aussie mares so we are quite confident he is the right horse for that. part of the world.”

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Makiv was also delighted to confirm, 12 months after it was first announced that Pinatubo would shuttle to Australia, that the highest-rated European juvenile in 25 years would finally be spending the Southern Hemisphere spring in Kelvinside.

Crowned Horse of the Year after a two-year six-for-six unbeaten season, including a nine-length run in the Group 1 National Stakes at the Curragh, the three-time Group 1 winner’s trip to the southern hemisphere in 2021 was ruled out due to an eye injury.

“It’s a slightly delayed start, but an exciting horse all the same. A few years ago I was lucky enough to be in Ireland and the St. Leger meeting and the National Stakes were happening,” Makiv recalled. “I was there as a racing enthusiast as much as an employee of Godolphin and that was the day Pinatubo won the National Stakes by nine lengths. He was phenomenal.

“I watched him in the mounting yard that day and thought ‘what a colt’ and then I saw him win by nines. When you see a horse win by nines live in a real Group 1 , it’s a pretty phenomenal experience.

After inspecting Pinatubo, who was trained by Charlie Appleby to win seven of his ten starts at two and three, Makiv was just as impressed last month at Dalham Hall as he was at the Curragh in 2019.

“He is everything you would want from a stallion perspective. He comes from a great stallion, physically he is extraordinary, his youthful record is also summed up in his physical appearance,” he said.

“I predict he will be incredibly popular. Our biggest issue, I think, is being able to provide as many people who want to use him with the access that they want. He’s just a really exciting prospect.


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Group 1 and Classic winner Victor Ludorum will also travel to Darley in Australia

Group 1 and Classic winner Victor Ludorum will also travel to Darley in Australia


Pinatubo is out of Lava Flow, a betting winning mare in France, who is in turn a daughter of betting winner Mount Elbrus.

The third season one Darley commuter to Kelvinside is Victor Ludorum, also an unbeaten two-year-old who won the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère before coming back to three to win the Poule d’Essai des Poulains in record time for coach. Andre Fabre.

Inbred 3×3 to elite mare Helen Street, Street Cry’s dam, Victor Ludorum himself is out of Antiquities and his second dam, Historian, also won stakes in France.

“What we love about Victor Ludorum is that he’s from Shamardal, he’s from Shamardal’s family and he won the same Group 1 as Shamardal, so you can describe him as the next Shamardal,” said Makiv.

“Alastair and I made the trip to Haras du Logis in France to visit Victor Ludorum. Physically, he was very impressive, a great top, a good hindquarters, an excellent engine, all in strength, just like his father.

“He was three out of three to two and practiced three to win the Guineas. He was a colt of his generation.

Darley has a plethora of top caliber stallions by Shamardal with Blue Point set to return to Victorian operation Northwood Park for a third season in 2022 and Earthlight for their second.

Pinatubo standing and Victor Ludorum in Kelvinside were part of the “balancing” of the Darley roster, Makiv says, with Shamardal’s sons spread across farms in New South Wales and Victoria at varying service charges.

“This crop from Shamardal was outstanding, siring three unbeaten Group 1-winning two-year-old colts, Victor Ludorum, Earthlight and Pinatubo,” he said.

“They were all weird talents and they’re all at stud here in Australia.”

Darley is expected to confirm his full 2022 Australian Stallion lineup and service charges for his Kelvinside and Northwood Park rosters, which include champions Exceed And Excel and Lonhro as well as Street Boss and Bivouac, by the end of this month.

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