Darley’s brilliant Group 1 winner Denman has been retired and will stand at Sheikh Mohammed’s Kelvinside stud for the forthcoming breeding season. The son of Lonhro will stand at a fee of $38,500 (inc. gst).
Darley also announced its Group 1 performer Time Thief (Redoute’s Choice) will be retired to stud in 2010. He will stand at a $13,750 (inc.gst) service fee.
Denman was being set for the G1 Darley July Cup at Newmarket next Friday but will miss the race and will shortly go into quarantine in preparation for his return to Australia.
Denman won 9 of his 12 starts and captured the imagination of Australian racing enthusiasts last year with his striking resemblance in looks and ability to that of his champion father Lonhro.
Denman (3c Lonhro – Peach by Vain) was a G1 winner of the Golden Rose last spring and he returned this year for black-type victories in the Listed Wellington Racing Club Stakes, Listed Zeditave Stakes and G2 D’Urban Stakes at Caulfield.
“Denman was a wonderful racehorse for Sheikh Mohammed, Darley and racing fans here in Australia,” . Darley’s Australian managing director Henry Plumptre said. “He will continue the legacy of his father Lonhro who is now a leading stallion and it’s wonderful to be standing him.”
Denman is a half-brother to G1 Victorian Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Preserve (Canny Lad) and LR Scone Dark Jewel Classic winner Rio Osa (Canny Lad).
Time Thief is a regally bred son of Redoute’s Choice and he defeated 13 Group 1 winners during his career including Whobegotyou, Weekend Hussler, All American and Nicconi.
A $2 million yearling, he is from the outstanding producer Procrastinate, making him a three-quarter brother to Foreplay who has already made a significant impact at stud siring 2010 Golden Slipper runner-up Decision Time. The Golden Slipper winner Crystal Lily is by Redoute’s Choice freshman Stratum.
“We are delighted Time Thief will be joining the Darley roster,” Plumptre continued. “He is a beautiful horse and is from one of the best families in our stud book. Time Thief was a very smart racehorse having won at stakes level and he was also placed in the G1 Caulfield Guineas and G1 Australia Stakes.”