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Darley Announces Fees for Flagship Australian Shuttlers

Pinatubo will stand at Kelvinside; Ghaiyyath and Earthlight at Northwood.

Pinatubo wins the 2019 Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh

Pinatubo wins the 2019 Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh

Patrick McCann/Racing Post

Darley has announced the fees for the 2021 first-season shuttlers Pinatubo, Ghaiyyath, and Earthlight, who will join leading April 10 T J Smith Stakes (G1) contender Bivouac on the operation's roster.

Pinatubo, undefeated in his six-start season at 2, including wins in the Darley Dewhurst (G1) and Goffs Vincent O'Brien National (G1) stakes, headlines the trio and will stand at Kelvinside, New South Wales for a fee of AU$44,000 (US$33,659).

"As an individual, he was a horse who had a great constitution," trainer Charlie Appleby said. 

"He was mentally very laid-back but physically very strong. I can see how Pinatubo will fit into the Australian industry. He had an abundance of natural speed, as well as the strength to be a precocious 2-year-old."

Pinatubo's former stablemate Ghaiyyath, who was named the Longines World's Best Racehorse after a stellar 2020 campaign which saw him win three group 1s and achieve an official rating of 130, will stand at Northwood Park, Victoria for a fee of AU$27,500 ($21,038).

Ghaiyyath's remarkable European season kicked off when he defeated Investec Derby (G1) winner Anthony Van Dyck in the Hurworth Bloodstock Coronation Cup (G1). He then produced a remarkable effort to see off wondermare Enable in the Coral-Eclipse (G1), before landing the Juddmonte International (G1). He finished his race career with a narrow second to Magical in the Irish Champion Stakes (G1). 

"He was just a horse who, as he got older and stronger, he really showed his natural pace, but he could also stay, which is a great attribute," Appleby said. 

"The exciting thing about him was the pace that he could put into a race—and I've always put him and Blue Point under the same banner in that they were two very exciting horses to watch in the morning, but also they delivered in the afternoon."

Earthlight, who won the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes (G1) in course record time during an undefeated five-start juvenile campaign, will stand at Northwood Park in Victoria at a fee of AU$22,000 ($16,830).

The son of Shamardal won seven of his nine races, including the Darley Prix Morny-Finale des Darley Series (G1) at 2. He finished his career with a neck defeat to One Master in the Qatar Prix de la Foret (G1) at ParisLongchamp in October. 

Bivouac's fee will not be announced until he has finished his racing career.