Darley’s Japanese stallion roster welcomes two more recruits

G1 winners and proven sires Palace Malice and Yoshida to stand in Hokkaido in 2024

Further to the announcement that Adayar and Hukum will stand at Darley in Japan next year, two additional extremely exciting recruits have been added to the roster in Palace Malice and Yoshida, who accrued four G1 and ten Black Type wins between them and are now both proven sires.

Palace Malice was a Classic winner in his native US, taking the G1 Belmont Stakes by more than three lengths. He also won the G1 Metropolitan Handicap at four, a season that saw him amass four Graded Stakes victories.

He is by leading sire Curlin, who is also sire of Godolphin’s outstanding multiple Breeders’ Cup winner Cody’s Wish and he is a half-brother to this year’s G1 Tenno Sho (Spring) winner Justin Palace.

Palace Malice wasted little time in getting his career at stud off to a flying start, siring a Breeders’ Cup winner in his very first crop when Structor landed the Juvenile Turf. He has sired 21 Stakes performers to date, including unbeaten Japanese G2-winning juvenile, Jantar Mantar, who is one of four winners from just seven runners in Japan for his sire.

Japanese-bred Yoshida was also a multiple G1 winner, remarkably winning at the highest level on both turf and dirt when landing the Turf Classic at Churchill Downs and the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga. He was also beaten by just a length in the G1 Queen Anne at Royal Ascot and finished fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Yoshida is a son of Heart’s Cry who is also the sire of Japanese stallions Just A Way and Suave Richard. He is out of the G1-winning mare Hilda’s Passion, also dam of Japanese Group winner Sanctuaire.

Yoshida’s first crop are now two and already include two Stake performers and eight individual winners. His best sales figures to date have been in Japan, with a foal and yearling by him selling for 20,000,000 Yen and 23,100,000 Yen respectively.

Harry Sweeney, President of Darley in Japan said, “In addition to Adayar and Hukum, we are very pleased to introduce two more exciting stallions. Palace Malice has already had success on the turf in Japan, and Yoshida is a promising stallion who won G1 races on both turf and dirt in the US as a Japanese-bred horse. Even though both stallions raced in the US, they are well-known amongst Japanese breeders. With the addition of these two exciting new stallions, we have an even stronger and more varied lineup for next season. We look forward to welcoming you to view these stallions”.

Fees for both stallions will be announced at a later date.