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Delegator to retire to Overbury Stud

The highest-rated speed horse by Dansili will stand at £5,000

 

Delegator, the G2 Duke Of York winner who chased home Sea The Stars when starting favourite for the 2009 2,000 Guineas, will retire to Overbury Stud in Gloucestershire for the 2013 season. The Godolphin-trainee, who has won every year from two to six and has defeated no fewer than 20 G1 winners, will stand at £5,000 Oct 1, Special live foal.

Trained by Brian Meehan at two, Delegator broke his maiden over seven furlongs on Newmarket's July Course when stable companion Crowded House, who went on to be named Champion juvenile, was among those he beat. He then ran fifth in a blanket finish for the G1 Dewhurst Stakes, a performance which earned him a Timeform rating of 116p – equal to or higher than all Dansili's G1-winning juveniles. At three, news of his sparkling gallops at Manton preceded a scintillating hands-and-heels triumph in the G3 Craven Stakes, and a fortnight later he was sent off favourite to win the first Classic of the year. Travelling especially well on the outside of a big field, he struck the front inside the final furlong only to find one going even better alongside: Sea The Stars. Delegator finished second, beating G1 winners Rip Van Winkle, Mastercraftsman, Lord Shanakill and Cityscape.

Delegator again got to the front in the G1 St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, travelling easily behind a hot pace before sliding between Mastercraftsman and Lord Shanakill approaching the furlong marker. But the fuel ran out and Mastercraftsman was able to rally and regain the advantage. Misfortune pursued Delegator: next time out in the G2 Celebration Mile – which he won with his trademark turn of foot – he failed a routine post-race sample and was later disqualified. Delegator took a competitive seven furlong Listed race on his seasonal debut at four, and then was reborn as a sprinter as a five-year-old, finishing fast and late to take the G2 Duke Of York Stakes in great style from a field deep with G1 and G2 sprinting talent. It was his first ever start over six furlongs.

Delegator was Timeform rated 125, the same mark that his sire, Dansili – who was also runner-up in a Guineas – achieved at three. In fact, of all Dansili's offspring, only King George winner Harbinger and Arc hero Rail Link are rated higher. Delegator was bred by Poilin Good, who also raced his dam's full-brother, the Prix de la Foret winner Tomba and her half-brother Holding Court, who won the French Derby. He is a product of a similar Danehill-on-Efisio cross as commercial success-story Bushranger, and traces back to a classic Jim Joel family: his fourth dam was runner up in the 1971 Oaks in only her second start.

Simon Sweeting, manager of Overbury Stud, said, 'Everyone at Overbury is thrilled to be standing Delegator and I am very grateful to the Darley team for entrusting him to us. As the highest-rated speed horse by Dansili – and a particularly handsome, athletic type too – he has been on the radar of all commercial breeders ever since he ran so well in the 2,000 Guineas. He's got a similar profile to several horses who have gone on to become top stallions, and there is no reason why he too can't be a great success.'