Darley Snares Manduro For Stud Duty
Manduro, rated in may quarters as the current best turf horse in the world, is the latest European star to be secured for stud duty by Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stud.
Owner Baron Von Ullmann has agreed to terms that will allow him to continue racing Manduro until his retirement with Andre fabre remaining as trainer.
A five-year-old son of Germany's leading sire Monsun, Manduro is unbeaten in four starts this year including the G1 Prix Jacques le Marois, G1 Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot and the G1 Prix d'Ispahan.
He is set to have his next start in the Prix Foy before running in the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, for which he is the current favourite.
Darley already stands Baron Voin Ullman's G1 winners Shirocco and Tiger Hill, both sons of Monsun.
"We are delighted to add Manduro to our roster," said Darley's John Ferguson.
"Manduro has proven this season that he is one of the best turf horses in the world."
Von Ullmann said he was happy to continue the association with Darley after the opportunities given to Tiger Hill and Shirocco.
'We expect Manduro to be a great success at stud," he said.
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