Belardo to shuttle to Haunui Farm
Son of Lope De Vega follows fellow Darley stallion Iffraaj
Champion two-year-old and dual Group 1 winner Belardo is to shuttle to Haunui Farm in New Zealand for the 2017 southern hemisphere breeding season.
Belardo will be following the same path as another Darley stallion in Iffraaj and both partners in the deal will be delighted if he can match the success of that stallion - responsible in recent weeks for top-class winners Gingernuts and Jon Snow, both bred when shuttling to the Karaka farm.
Bred by Ballylinch Stud - home to his sire Lope De Vega - out of the Group-placed Danehill mare Danaskaya, Belardo was bought for Prince Faisal by Ted Voute for £100,000 at Arqana's August Yearling Sale in 2013. Entering the care of Roger Varian, he won five races including the Dewhurst Stakes - after which Godolphin invested in the colt - and, at four last year, the Lockinge Stakes.
Mark Chitty, managing director of Haunui Farm, said: "We're very excited to have been offered the opportunity to stand Belardo and look forward to joining forces once again with Darley to introduce another exciting young sire to the New Zealand stallion ranks.
"We've had great success with Iffraaj and will follow a very similar strategy in getting Belardo's stud career off to the best possible start in New Zealand. We've been looking to source a new stallion for a number of seasons and when Belardo became available, it was an easy decision to make.
"We're grateful to Sheikh Mohammed and his team for giving us the opportunity to stand Belardo at stud and look forward in assisting the development of his stallion career as we have with Iffraaj."
Henry Plumptre, Darley's managing director in Australia, added: "On behalf of Sheikh Mohammed and everyone at Godolphin, we're delighted that champion two-year-old Belardo will stand at Haunui Farm.
"As a dual Group 1 winner and grandson of the prolific sire Shamardal, we hope that Belardo will be embraced by New Zealand breeders in the way that they have supported Iffraaj. Darley's continuing support of the New Zealand breeding industry is based on the success of New Zealand-bred horses on the racetrack at the highest level and is endorsed by Sheikh Mohammed.
"Belardo joins a growing number of Darley stallions in New Zealand and we wish Haunui and their clients every success with him."
Belardo will stand at a fee of NZ$12,000 (£6,718/€7,874).