10/17/2011 1:42PM

Darley sending two stallions to China


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Darley Stud owner Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum will send two well-bred first-year stallions to China in 2012 as a way of aiding the development of Chinese bloodstock, Darley announced Monday.

Australian Group 1 winner Sousa, by Galileo, and former $9.7 million yearling Jalil, by Storm Cat, will enter stud under the management of Junling Sun, a graduate of Darley’s well-known Flying Start program, a selective international program for students interested in going into the Thoroughbred business.

Jalil, a 7-year-old son of Tranquility Lake and a full brother to Lane’s End stallions After Market and Courageous Cat, will stand at Beijing’s Lisui Farm. Sousa, a 6-year-old out of the Last Tycoon winner Liberty Song, will stand at Ordos Farm in Inner Mongolia.

“Sheikh Mohammed is eager to support the emergence of the Chinese Thoroughbred industry and is particularly pleased he can contribute to the development of the Chinese racehorse,” the sheikh’s bloodstock advisor, John Ferguson, said.