Fees have been announced for the seven stallions who will stand on the Darley roster in Japan in 2019.
They are headed by new retiree and outstanding racehorse Talismanic, who will stand at 1.8 million yen.
Talismanic, a striking son of leading US sire Medaglia d’Oro, won the G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf in record time last year, defeating nine G1 winners in the process. He was also a winner at two, breaking his maiden by seven lengths, and won Group or Stakes races at three, four and five.
Talismanic hails from the same family as outstanding sire Deep Impact and Champion Rey De Oro.
Admire Moon, sire of multiple G1 winner Fine Needle, will stand at a fee of 1.5 million yen.
His first winner of the G1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen, Seiun Kosei, added another Group win to his record in 2018, helping to ensure Admire Moon was responsible for more Group-winning sprinters in 2018 than any other sire in Japan.
Admire Moon has been consistently popular with breeders in Japan, and covered 170 mares in 2018.
The Darley roster in Japan is completed by American Patriot (1.5 million yen), who will cover his second book of mares in 2019; proven G1 sire Discreet Cat (1.5 million yen); consistent winner-getter Furioso (0.5 million yen); Dubawi’s Dubai World Cup-winning son Monterosso (1 million yen); and Pyro, Japan’s leading sire by NAR earnings (2.5 million yen).
Shotato Kajiya, Nominations Manager, said, “We are delighted to offer Japanese breeders a more powerful lineup of stallions than ever, with an exciting new addition in Breeder’s Cup winner Talismanic, who looks to be a fine fit for Japan. I am very happy that he is joining our stallion roster.
“We have already had significant interest in our 2019 stallion roster, especially Pyro, Admire Moon, and Furioso, all of whom have enjoyed an excellent year on the racecourse. We appreciate the support of our breeders and look forward to another busy season at the stallion complex.”