Vancouver: this year's Golden Slipper winner is a son of Medaglia D'OroPICTURE: Getty Images
Medaglia D'Oro fee doubled for 2015 season
DARLEY'S blue-chip US-Australia shuttle stallion Medaglia D'Oro has had his fee doubled for this year's southern-hemisphere breeding season at the operation's Kelvinside base in New South Wales.
The 16-year-old son of El Prado will command a fee of A$110,000 (£56,800/€79,327) - having stood at A$55,000 (£28,400/€36,666) last year - to make him the joint-most expensive member of the Darley Australia roster along with former champion sire Exceed And Excel, whose fee has been left unchanged from 2014.
Medaglia D'Oro has been in sizzling form in both hemispheres of late. His son Vancouver landed one of Australia's most important races, the Golden Slipper, in March, while another son, Nostradamus, struck in the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas on Saturday.
In the US, where he stands at Jonabell Farm for $125,000, he has been represented this year by Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap winner Mshawish and Graded scorers Gold Medal Dancer, Lochte, Valid and Yahilwa, while in France he has a leading Classic contender in this month's Prix de la Grotte winner Mexican Gold.
Fees for former champion sire Lonhro and in-demand first-crop yearling sire Sepoy have been frozen at A$88,000 (£45,450/€63,466) and A$66,000 (£32,780/€45,780).
Darley's other shuttlers from Europe besides Exceed And Excel and Sepoy also remain at the same fee as in 2014. Dawn Approach and Epaulette will stand at A$27,500 (£14,202/€19,835); Poet's Voice at A$11,000 (£5,682/€7,934); and Helmet and Kuroshio, who stand at Northwood Park in Victoria, at A$33,000 (£17,048/€23,808) and A$8,800 (£4,546/€6,348).
The Darley Australia roster features three new members this year. Randwick Guineas hero Hallowed Crown, by Street Sense, has been pegged at A$33,000; dual Group 2 winner Sidestep, by Exceed And Excel, at A$11,000; and dual Group 1-winning sprinter Brazen Beau, by exciting young sire I Am Invincible, at A$44,000 (£22,734/€31,743).
Alastair Pulford, Darley's head of sales in Australia, said: "It has been another fantastic 12 months for our stallions and we are very proud of their achievements on the racetrack.
Our stallions have sired the winners of 24 per cent of the Group races run in Australia this season, including 11 Group 1 victories.
"We have just come away from an incredible Easter sale where their progeny were in huge demand, in particular Sepoy who set a new Australian record for a yearling by a first-season sire when his son out of Ancient Song was sold by Turangga Farm for A$1.6 million."