Darley shuttlers New Approach and Hard Spun sired landmark winners in England and Australia this week.
New Approach moved off the mark when Dawn Approach opened the European flat season at the Curragh on Sunday. The colt is a homebred for trainer Jim Bolger who knows a thing or two about the sire.
Bolger prepared New Approach for G1 victories in the 2007 National Stakes at the Curragh and Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket. He returned the following year to claim the G1 English Derby followed by the G1 English and Irish Champion Stakes.
He retired after landing the English Champion Stakes by six lengths while smashing the Newmarket 2000 metre track record that had stood for 24 years.
New Approach (Galileo) stands at Sheikh Mohammed’s Dalham Hall Stud near Newmarket and shuttles to Darley’s Victorian branch at Northwood Park in Seymour.
New Approach has 90 two-year-olds in his first northern crop. His oldest Australian progeny are yearlings and the most expensive so far has been the colt from Sizzie ‘Em (Flying Spur) that made $250,000 at the Gold Coast Magic Millions.
Hard Spun opened his Australian account in the Event Landscaping Hcp (1000m) at Sandown on Wednesday.
Textiles (2g Hard Spun – Alberghetti by Carnegie) led home a quinella for his sire when he overhauled Vicario to score by three-quarters of a length. A Darley homebred, he is trained by Anthony Freedman and will now head for a stakes race at Flemington on Anzac Day.
Hard Spun had already sired 27 juvenile winners in his first Kentucky-bred crop in 2011. His star colt Midnight Transfer is slated to have his next start in the G1 Santa Anita Derby on April 7.
Hard Spun (Danzig) was a G1 winner of the King’s Bishop Stakes at Saratoga. He stands for a $40,000 fee at Jonabell Farm in Kentucky and for $16,500 fee at Northwood Park.