Animal Kingdom: will stand at Darley's Jonabell Farm, LexingtonPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Darley invest in Dubai winner Animal Kingdom
DARLEY has acquired a 29 per cent share in Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom, who will stand northern hemisphere seasons at the operation's US base, Jonabell Farm, Lexington, after the conclusion of his racing career.
The son of Leroidesanimaux swept aside a classy field to score by two lengths on Saturday, landing the US a first win in the race since it was switched to Tapeta in 2010 and taking his career earnings to in excess of £5 million.
Thursday's announcement will see Animal Kingdom added to a roster which includes exciting young sire Bernardini, Medaglia D'Oro and Street Cry.
Darley's chief operating officer Oliver Tait said: "Animal Kingdom is outstanding. Not only is he immensely talented, he has shown a rare ability to excel on turf, synthetic and dirt and win at a range of distances up to the mile and a quarter of the Kentucky Derby and the Dubai World Cup.
"His win at Meydan last Saturday was all class."
Raced in partnership between Team Valor and Arrowfield Stud, who purchased an interest last year following the colt's notable second to subsequent Horse of the Year Wise Dan in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Mile, Animal Kingdom will stand at the breeding operation's New South Wales base for the southern hemisphere season.
Arrowfield's chairman John Messara said: "We are delighted to partner with Darley in the ownership of Animal Kingdom and management of his future international stud career. We have always had a great working relationship with Darley and have the utmost respect for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and the Darley management team.
"With our unprecedented combined support Animal Kingdom will have every opportunity to develop from a champion racehorse into a champion sire."
Animal Kingdom will provide an interesting addition to the roster of both studs, his Brazilian-bred sire Leroidesanimaux hailing from the Blushing Groom sireline, but out of the Juddmonte mare Dissemble who's half-sister Hasili went on to produce leading sire Dansili and his younger siblings and fellow stallions Champs Elysees and Cacique.
On the damline, Animal Kingdom belongs to a largely European pedigree, which counts champion juvenile fillies Diasprina and Desidera among its members.
Animal Kingdom could return to his roots in the coming months with a trip to Royal Ascot on the cards, where a tilt at the Queen Anne or Prince of Wales's Stakes would add a significant draw to what is always a truly international meeting.