Darley is HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s global thoroughbred breeding operation, which currently stands stallions in six countries around the world. Its headquarters are at Dalham Hall Stud, located on the outskirts of Newmarket, the historic home of racing.
When purchased from the Philipps family in 1981, Dalham Hall stud farm stood just one stallion and employed fewer than ten people. Since the acquisition of Dalham Hall Stud, various surrounding farms have been added to Darley’s UK portfolio.
Dubawi currently heads the line-up of thoroughbred stallions at Dalham Hall. He is one of the world’s most successful stallions and a son of one of the most famous stallions to stand at Dalham Hall – Dubai Millennium. Born on the stud and trained in Newmarket, Dubai Millennium won the Dubai World Cup and was the sensational eight-length winner of the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. When he retired from racing, he returned to the stud farm to stand as a stallion but, sadly, sired just one crop of foals before dying of grass sickness.
Kildangan Stud in County Kildare, Ireland, was purchased in 1986 and is now home to a number of Darley's thoroughbred stallions, including leading earner Shamardal and Exceed And Excel, the world’s number one sire of two-year-olds.
Darley’s global bloodstock expansion continued in 2001 with the purchase of Jonabell Farm, located in the famous bluegrass state of Kentucky in the United States. Founded in 1946 by renowned breeder John A Bell III, Jonabell has produced over 200 Stakes winners and among the stallions standing there is Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom and leading sire Hard Spun.
Darley also has a racehorse breeding stud in Japan which stands triple G1 winner and Horse of the Year Admire Moon. He stands alongside King’s Best — sire of Japan Derby and Tenno Sho winner Eishin Flash. Also standing at Darley in Japan is another Dubai World Cup winner, Monterosso.
Darley in Australia was established with the purchase of Kelvinside Stud in the famous Hunter Valley, New South Wales, in 2003. The property has been developed into a world-class racehorse breeding facility with the capacity to stand up to 18 stallions. As Darley's Australian breeding business expanded, another property was acquired in 2006, this time in Victoria. Northwood Park is a historic horse and cattle property and can stand a further 12 stallions. Darley’s Australian studs stand many stallions including Champions Exceed And Excel and Lonhro. Other selected stallions travel here from Darley’s northern hemisphere studs.
In addition to standing stallions, Darley manages the racing interests of Sheikh Mohammed and various members of the Maktoum family, and has racehorses with a number of trainers in the UK, Ireland, France, the United States, Australia and Japan. The best of these horses will transfer to Godolphin to race in the famous blue silks.