Dalakhani pensioned in France

The Aga Khan Studs has announced the retirement from stud duty of Australian shuttler Dalakhani.

The 16-year-old was taken out of service due to a “veterinary problem” at Haras de Bonneval in April.  He had shuttled to Cornerstone Stud from Gilltown Stud in Ireland for three southern books before a final transfer to France earlier this year.

Dalakhani (Darshaan) won the G1 French Derby and G1 Arc de Triomphe and has sired 8 Group I winners including Reliable Man who also won the French Derby and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick.

The Irish bred stallion represents one of the most prestigious Aga Khan families.  His dam Daltawa (Miswaki) also produced the top class racehorse and sire Daylami and the dam of G1 Dubai Sheema Classic winner Dolniya.

“His influence is already beginning to live on through his female progeny,” said a statement from the Aga Khan Studs.  “He’s the broodmare sire of 20 stakes performers, including recent English Derby runner-up US Army Ranger who is a son of his G1 Irish Oaks winner Moonstone.”

Dalakhani’s first Australian progeny will be two year-olds next Monday.  His top-priced yearling was the colt from Global Dance (Sadler’s Wells) that made $620,000 to the bid of Gerald Ryan at the Inglis Easter Sale.

The Aga Khan Studs said Dalakhani will be retired alongside Linamix in Normandy.