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Night of Thunder, Too Darn Hot Offered on SH Time

Six Darley European-based sires are being offered on Southern Hemisphere time.

Too Darn Hot at Darley's Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, England

Too Darn Hot at Darley's Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, England

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Dubawi's sons Night of Thunder and Too Darn Hot are among six European-based sires which Darley will have available to breeders on Southern Hemisphere time this year at Kildangan and Dalham Hall Studs in Ireland and England, respectively.

The half dozen will not shuttle to Darley's Australian farms for the upcoming season; instead breeders will be able to use them at their European residences.

Night of Thunder, who is the sire of 2021 Queensland Derby (G1) winner Kukeracha and 2020 Moonee Valley Vase (G2) winner and 2021 Australian Guineas (G1) second Cherry Tortoni from his sole season in Australia, will be available at a fee of €60,000 (US$64,725). It is a considerable discount on the €100,000 figure he commanded during this Northern Hemisphere season.

Too Darn Hot had traveled to Darley's Hunter Valley property for the last four seasons but he will not shuttle to Kelvinside for the 2024 season. Instead he will be available to cover mares on Southern Hemisphere time at Dalham Hall Stud outside Newmarket for a fee of £50,000 (US$63,708), which again is less than his current Northern Hemisphere fee of £65,000. A European champion 2-year-old and champion 3-year-old miler, the son of triple group 1 winner Dar Re Mi has produced a top-level winner in his first crops across both hemispheres.

Godolphin homebred colt Broadsiding has triumphed in the J.J. Atkins (G1) and ATC Champagne Stakes (G1), and is one of 12 individual winners from Too Darn Hot's first Australian crop. He is leading the race to be crowned champion first-season sire in Australia on prizemoney.

Another son of Dubawi, Space Blues, will also cover mares on Southern Hemisphere time. The 2021 Breeders' Cup Mile (G1), 2020 Prix Maurice de Gheest (G1), and 2021 Prix de la Foret (G1) winner stands at Kildangan Stud and has two Northern Hemisphere crops on the ground. His fee has been set at €15,000 (US$16,180) while Naval Crown, the fourth Dubawi stallion to be offered on Southern Hemisphere time, is available for €10,000 (US$10,787) which is the same fee the 2022 Platinum Jubilee Stakes (G1) victor stood at during the most recent Northern Hemisphere season. His first European crop are foals.

Palace Pier stands alongside Too Darn Hot at Dalham Hall Stud and for the second season running the son of Kingman  will cover on Southern Hemisphere time for a fee of £25,000 (US$31,851). Successful in five group 1 contests at around a mile including the 2020 St James's Palace (G1) and 2021 Queen Anne (G1) stakes, Palace Pier's oldest crop are yearlings. He stood the 2024 Northern Hemisphere season for £45,000.

The quintet will be joined by Cracksman, sire of last season's champion and unbeaten Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1) hero Ace Impact. Standing for the same £17,500 fee (US$22,296) as he has been advertised at for the last four European breeding seasons, the quadruple group 1 winner by Frankel  is also the sire of 2023 Deutsches Derby (G1) third Weracruz.