04/04/2013 4:00PM

Aga Khan stallion, Arc winner Dalakhani to shuttle to Australia


Dalakhani, winner of the Cartier Award as European Horse of the Year in 2003 and a sire of classic winners in Europe and Breeders’ Cup winners in the U.S., will shuttle to Cornerstone Stud in Angaston, South Australia, for the 2013 Southern Hemisphere breeding season.

He becomes the first stallion from the world-renowned stud division of the Aga Khan to shuttle to Australia. The Aga Khan Studs operation currently stands prominent Australian sire Redoute’s Choice at its French division Haras de Bonneval.

“Standing a stallion on behalf of the Aga Khan is a great honor for all of us here at Cornerstone Stud,” managing director Sam Hayes said. “Very rarely are proven stallions with such breed-shaping potential made available to American breeders.”

Dalakhani will stand for $22,000 in Australian currency at Cornerstone.

A 13-year-old Darshaan horse who is based at the Aga Khan’s Gilltown Stud in County Kildare, Ireland, Dalakhani won eight of nine career starts and earned nearly $2.5 million in two seasons of racing. An Aga Khan homebred, he won the Group 1 Criterium International as a 2-year-old and the Prix Lupin and the French Derby as a 3-year-old before scoring his biggest success in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, his final race.

From 499 foals age 3 and up, Dalakhani has sired 198 winners and 30 stakes winners through April 4 for total earnings of over $19.6 million. His top runners are led by two-time Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Conduit, who won the Eclipse Award as champion turf male in 2008. Other notable progeny include French Derby winner Reliable Man, Irish Oaks winner Moonstone, Irish St. Leger winner Duncan, and Irish highweight and Group 1 winner Chinese White.

The Aga Khan Studs also announced this week that Azamour, also based at Gilltown Stud, will shuttle to Brighthill Farm in Hamilton, New Zealand for the 2013 Southern Hemisphere season. A multiple Group 1 winner in England and Ireland who finished third in the 2005 Breeders’ Cup Turf, the Night Shift horse won the Cartier Award as Europe’s champion older horse that year. Among his 10 group or graded stakes winners to date are 2012 French Oaks winner Valyra and Grade 3 winner No Explaining.