The Australian-bred son of Exceed And Excel wil move from his UK base at Darley’s Dalham Hall Stud at Newmarket to Gestut Farhfof.
Helmet, now a 10-year-old, was a triple G1 winner as a two and three-year-old in Australia and has made his mark at stud, being the sire of Dubai World Cup winner Thunder Snow.He won the G1 AJC Sires' Produce Stakes and G1 Champagne Stakes at two and returned at three to win the G1 Caulfield Guineas.
He has been shuttling between Australia and the UK for six years.• Champion South African mare National Colour has died while giving birth to a filly foal by Snitzel at Arrowfield Stud.
National Colour, by National Assembly, was crowned South Africa’s Horse of the Year in 2005-06 season and has since become a prized broodmare for her South African owners Klawervlei Stud.Aged 17, National Colour died of a broad ligament haemorrhage shortly after giving birth to the Snitzel filly.
The filly, her eighth foal, is reported to be in good health and has been fostered.National Colour was a multiple G1 winner of eight races in South Africa and Dubai and raced in the UK where she finished second in the G1 Nunthorpe Stakes in 2008.
She went on to produce Australian-bred South African G1 winners Rafeef (Redoute’s Choice) and Mustaaqeem (Redoute’s Choice) as a broodmare.Mustaaqeem was the highest priced lot sold at the 2016 Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney when bought by Angus Gold on behalf of Shadwell for $1.75 million.
• A great season for Coolmore sire Camelot continued in France when his filly Wonderment made her stakes breakthrough by landing the G1 Criterium de Saint Cloud 000m).The Nicolas Clement Wonderment (Camelot x Wiwilia by Königstiger) improved from her third in a G3 contest to beat Sydney Opera House (Australia) by a neck with Fox Tal (Sea The Stars) third.
Wonderment was a €60,000 purchase by Tina Rau Bloodstock and Clement at the 2017 Arqana Deauville October Yearling Sale and joins Latrobe and Athena as G1 winners among the 13 stakes winners so far for Camelot (Montjeu).• Aidan O’Brien has another talented colt on his hands after Invincible Spirit colt Magna Grecia survived a stewards inquiry to land the G1 Futurity Trophy Stakes for 2YOs at Doncaster.
Magna Grecia, from the Galileo mare Cabaret, was narrowly beaten by French raider Persian King in a G3 at Newmarket at his last start.The victory provided Invincible Spirit (Green Desert) with his 117th stakes winner and 17th G1 winner.
• Godolphin’s G1 winners Cloth Of Stars, Harry Angel and Jungle Cat will join the Darley stallion rosters in France, the UK and Ireland in 2019.Harry Angel, the son of Dark Angel trained by Clive Cox, was retired after finishing second in last weekend’s G1 Qipco British Champions Sprint at Ascot.
Harry Angel was named Cartier champion sprinter in 2017 after wins in the G1 July Cup and G1 Sprint Cup. He also won two G2 races.He will be the highest rated sprinter to go to stud in the UK in 30 years when he stands at Darley’s Dalham Hall Stud in 2019.
Harry Angel is out of Beatrix Potter (Cadeaux Genereux), a half-sister to dual G1 winner Xtension (Xaar), making him entirely free of Sadler's Wells blood and clear of Danzig for four generations.Iffraaj 6YO Jungle Cat, winner of the G1 Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield last month, will stand at Kildangan Stud in Ireland. He also won the G1 Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai.
Cloth Of Stars (Sea The Stars) will stand at Darley’s French base of Haras du Logis after a notable career that included victoiry in the G1 Prix Ganay and two placings in the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.The five-year-old retires with seven wins from 20 starts and a further ten placings for career earnings of in excess of £2.5 million.
• Cigar Mile winner Sharp Azteca will take up stud duty at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky in 2019.The son of Freud won 14 of his 17 starts with career earnings of $2,406,740. His five Graded stakes wins included the G1 Cigar Mile in 2017.
• Darby Dan Farm will stand a roster of nine stallions in 2019 led by third-crop sires Dialed In and Shackleford.They will stand for $25,000 and $20,000 respectively.
Poseidon’s Warrior joins the ranks for the first time on a fee of $6,500.• Good Samaritan, one of the last noted sons of Harlan’s Holiday, has been retired and will stand the 2019 breeding season at Winstar Farm in Kentucky.
A homebred for WinStar Farm, Good Samaritan is out of the stakes-placed Pulpit mare Pull Dancer.He started 15 times with 14 straight starts in Graded contests. He was a G2 winner as a 2YO, 3YO and 4YO.