Darley introduce three new stallions to Club

Toormore: champion two-year-old will stand at Dalham Hall Stud

PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Darley introduce three new stallions to Club By Martin Stevens 2:11PM 6 OCT 2016

THREE new names have been added to the Darley Club initiative, in which breeders can earn a lifetime breeding right to a stallion for paying upfront for a nomination in the first season.

Coventry Stakes winner Buratino will stand at Kildangan Stud in County Kildare at a fee of €5,000 Club terms, while champion two-year-old Toormore will join the Dalham Hall Stud roster at a club fee of £5,000.

Bow Creek, a multiple Group 2-winning son of Shamardal, will command a club fee of €4,000 when he is retired to Haras du Logis in Normandy.

All three stallions will also be available to breeders in 2017 on Darley's standard October 1 special live foal terms.

Buratino, a son of Exceed And Excel out of a Kingmambo half-sister to former champion sire Danehill Dancer, was a tough and consistent two-year-old for Mark Johnston, defeating Air Force Blue to win the Coventry Stakes on his sixth start.

He also finished third to Air Force Blue in the Phoenix Stakes and a close second to Shalaa in the Middle Park Stakes that season. This year he has not hit the frame in five starts.

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Five-year-old Toormore was the best of his generation in Europe at two, when he was unbeaten in three starts and beat Sudirman to win the National Stakes by nearly three lengths.

Richard Hannon's charge won the Craven Stakes at three and rounded off that season with a creditable third in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, while at four he finished second in the Lockinge and won the Lennox Stakes and Topkapi Trophy.

This year he scored in theBet365 Mile and finished fourth in the Queen Anne Stakes and Sussex Stakes.

Toormore is an Arakan half-brother to Estidhkaar, a dual Group 2 winner at two.

Bow Creek, who is out of Dahlia Stakes winner Beneventa, won the Celebration Mile and Boomerang Mile at three for Mark Johnston, before he was sent to Australia, where he won the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes and finished fifth to Winx in the valuable Doncaster Mile this year.

The Darley Club was launched last year, with French Navy, Fulbright, Hunter's Light and Outstrip – who covered 150 mares – the first on its books.

Club terms remain unchanged, with breeders able to pay upfront for one nomination to breed to that stallion in his second and third seasons for free.

If the breeder uses the stallion in all three seasons, they will receive a loyalty bonus of a free lifetime breeding right.

Sam Bullard, director of Darley Stallions, said: "We were delighted with the success of the Darley Club on its launch last year.

"The initiative of offering breeders the opportunity to secure a lasting stake in the future of an exciting young stallion was very well received, and we are looking forward to welcoming back all those breeders who bought into our Club 16 stallions and now receive their free nomination.

"The new stallions in Club 17 are offered on the same fantastic terms. All three stallions were high-class, tough and consistent on the racecourse and offer breeders the combination of performance, pedigree and class that we strive to offer on Darley's competitive roster worldwide."

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