Delegator: 2,000 Guineas runner-up will stand for £5,000PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Classic-placed Delegator to Overbury Stud
THE high-class sprinter and Classic-placed Delegator has been retired to stand at Overbury Stud in Gloucestershire. A fee of £5,000 (October 1st terms, special live foal) has been set for the son of Dansili.
Bred by Poilin Good, Delegator was initially trained on behalf of his breeder by Brian Meehan. He defeated the likes of Crowded House when successful in a 7f Newmarket maiden at two and returned at three to run out the easy odds-on winner of the Craven Stakes. It was a performance which saw Delegator sent off the favourite for that year's 2,000 Guineas and he performed creditably in defeat to run second behind champion Sea The Stars.
Sold to Godolphin after running second in the St. James's Palace Stakes, Delegator went on to finish first past the post in the Celebration Mile - he was later disqualified after failing a routine post-race sample - before filling third behind Rip Van Winkle in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
He was later reborn as a sprinter and enjoyed his finest success in that sphere when finishing fast and late to land the Duke Of York Stakes in his first start over 6f.
In all, he won five of 19 starts and £425,890 in prize-money.
By Dansili, Delegator is out of Indian Love Bird, an Efisio sister to Prix de la Foret winner Tomba and half-sister to Prix du Jockey Club hero Holding Court.
Simon Sweeting, manager of Overbury Stud, said: "Everyone at Overbury is thrilled to be standing Delegator and I am very grateful to the Darley team for entrusting him to us.
"As the highest-rated speed horse by Dansili - and a particularly handsome, athletic type too - he has been on the radar of all commercial breeders ever since he ran so well in the 2,000 Guineas. He's got a similar profile to several horses who have gone on to become top stallions, and there is no reason why he too can't be a great success."