Champion miler Palace Pier introduced for £55,000 at Dalham Hall

Fellow newcomers Space Blues and Victor Ludorum retire at €17,500 and €15,000

Palace Pier: champion miler introduced at £55,000
Palace Pier: champion miler introduced at £55,000Credit: Alan Crowhurst (Getty Images)

Darley's glittering new recruit Palace Pier will begin life at Dalham Hall Stud from a fee of £55,000, the same figure his sire Kingman was retired on back in 2015.

The operation is entitled to have the highest of hopes for Kingman's highest-rated son, the world champion miler who retired with five Group 1 victories to his name, having won the Prix Jacques le Marois twice, the Lockinge, Queen Anne and St James’s Palace Stakes.

Darley has two other new arrivals to announce with Dubawi's son Space Blues, who rounded off his career by winning last weekend's Breeders’ Cup Mile, to go with his prizes in the Prix de la Foret and Prix Maurice de Gheest, heading to Kildangan Stud at a fee of €17,500.

Victor Ludorum retires to Haras du Logis at €15,000. An undefeated Group 1 winner at two, he took the French Guineas to emulate his sire Shamardal.

Dubawi heads the roster at an unchanged fee of £250,000 after a campaign in which he sired an incredible 23 Group winners, 37 stakes winners and became the first horse ever to sire three Breeders’ Cup winners in the same year, through Modern Games, Yibir and the aforementioned Space Blues.

Space Blues: one of three 2021 Breeders' Cup winners for Dubawi
Space Blues: new to Kildangan Stud for 2022Credit: Edward Whitaker

Darley has taken a cautious view overall, keeping most of its residents at the Covid-related pricepoints of 2021. The only one of its stallions to have their fee increased is Profitable, whose first crop has been led by Queen Mary winner Quick Suzy. He is nudged up to €12,500 from €10,000.

Sam Bullard, Darley's director of stallions, said: "We're thrilled to be introducing three outstanding multiple Group 1 winners to a very strong roster, deep on quality and achievement.

"Following last season’s three champion additions in Ghaiyyath, Earthlight and Pinatubo, together with Blue Point and Too Darn Hot in 2020, we're confident of giving breeders every chance of benefiting from the wonderfully positive sales season we've just enjoyed."

Darley 2022 stallion fees

Dalham Hall2022 fee2021 fee% change
Dubawi£250,000£250,000no change
Palace Pier£55,000N/ANEW
Too Darn Hot£45,000£45,000no change
Pinatubo£35,000£35,000no change
New ApproachPrivatePrivateno change
Cracksman£17,500£17,500no change
FarhhPrivatePrivateno change
Masar£14,000£14,000no change
Harry Angel£12,500£12,500no change
Golden Horn£10,000£20,000-50
Territories£10,000£10,000no change
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Kildangan Stud2022 fee2021 fee% change
Night Of Thunder€75,000€75,000no change
Blue Point€40,000€40,000no change
Teofilo€30,000€30,000no change
Space Blues€17,500N/ANEW
Raven's Pass€7,500 €7,500 no change
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Haras du Logis2022 fee2021 fee % change
Victor Ludorum€15,000N/ANEW
Cloth Of Stars€7,000€7,000no change
Ultra€5,000€5,000no change
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Published on 7 December 2021inNews

Last updated 10:51, 7 December 2021