Darley is HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s global breeding operation which currently stands stallions in seven countries around the world.
Its headquarters are at Dalham Hall Stud, located within the historic home of racing, Newmarket. When purchased from the Philipps family in 1981, Dalham Hall stood just one stallion and employed fewer than ten people. Since the acquisition of Dalham Hall Stud, various surrounding farms have been added to Darley’s UK portfolio.
Currently heading the line-up of nine stallions at Dalham Hall is Dubawi, arguably one of the most talented young stallions in the world and a son of one of the most famous stallions to stand at Dalham Hall - Dubai Millennium. Born on the stud and trained in Newmarket, he won the Dubai World Cup and was the sensational eight-length winner of the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. Upon his retirement from racing, he returned to the stud but sadly sired just one crop of foals before dying of grass sickness.
Standing alongside Dubawi is the 2012 Champion first-season sire New Approach, who was also the undefeated Champion juvenile of his year. He joins Exceed And Excel, the world's number one sire of two-year-old winners, two-year-old Stakes horses and two-year-old Group or Listed winners. New to the Dalham Hall roster in 2013 is Sepoy, a World Champion at three and the best juvenile colt since the 1970s.
Kildangan Stud in County Kildare, Ireland, was purchased in 1986 and is now home to eight stallions, including leading sires Cape Cross and Shamardal, plus the highly promising young stallions Raven's Pass and Teofilo. They are joined in 2013 by Exceed And Excel's outstanding son Helmet, a dual G1 winner at two who went on to win the G1 Caulfield Guineas in record time.
Darley’s global expansion continued in 2001 with the purchase of Jonabell Farm, located in the famous bluegrass state of Kentucky in the United States. Founded in 1946 by renowned breeder John A Bell III, Jonabell has produced over 200 Stakes winners and stands 17 stallions in 2012, a roster that includes sensational young sire Hard Spun, World Champion three-year-old Discreet Cat and two of America's leading stallions, Medaglia d'Oro and Street Cry. Darley will also stand Desert Party and Girolamo at Sequel Stallions in New York.
Darley also has a stud in Japan which will stand seven stallions in 2013, headed by triple G1 winner and Horse of the Year Admire Moon. He joins the Japan Derby winner Deep Sky and G1-winning miler Pyro, both of whom will have first-crop runners this season. New to Japan for 2013 are King's Best, sire of Japan Derby and Tenno Sho winner Eishin Flash; and Street Sense - the only horse ever to win both the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and Kentucky Derby.
Darley Australia was established in 2001. It comprises several properties (studs and training facilities) located in the leading thoroughbred areas of New South Wales and Victoria. Our Australian studs stand a roster of stallions including champion, Lonhro, leading sire Commands and shuttle stallion Exceed And Excel who also stands at Dalham Hall. Other selected stallions travel here from Darley's northern hemisphere studs.
In addition to standing stallions, Darley manages the racing interests of Sheikh Mohammed and various members of the Maktoum family, and has racehorses with a number of trainers in the UK, Ireland, France, the United States, Australia and Japan. The best of these horses will transfer to Godolphin to race in the famous blue silks that have been carried to victory in numerous Group One races across the globe.