Ad Valorem will remain at Darley’s Kelvinside base instead of returning to Ireland for the 2011 northern season.
The G1 winning son of Danzig shuttled from Coolmore in Ireland to Darley in Australia. Coolmore originally stood the son of Danzig in partnership with Woodlands Stud in Australia. When Bob Ingham sold up to Sheikh Mohammed, his share of Ad Valorem was absorbed by Darley.
Ad Valorem (USA) was a G1 winner of the Middle Park Stakes (1200m) as a two-year-old. He was placed in two of Europe’s premier mile contests – the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes (where he was second behind Shamardal) and the G1 Sussex Stakes – at three before returning at four with an outstanding victory in the G1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.
He has sired 15 European two-year-old winners this year headed by the Italian-trained Listed winner Samaden. There have been two of his Australian bred juveniles seen out so far this season. The Michael Nolan trained colt Tax Evader was placed behind Double Impact (Mossman) at his first two starts at Toowoomba and Eagle Farm.
Ad Valorem averaged 80 mares in his first three seasons at Kelvinside and his fourth book was covered at an $11,000 (inc gst) fee this year.