Darara (Top Ville – Delsy, by Adbos), the dam of four individual Group 1 winners, passed away in the UK last week aged 29.
The Aga Khan-bred mare was a Group 1 winner herself in the 1986 Prix Vermeille in France before the prominent owner sold Darara at a dispersal sale in 1994. The mare proceeded to continue her breeding career at Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber’s Watership Down Stud.
Darara was the dam of the 1999 Group 1 Ranvet Stakes winner Darazari (Sadler’s Wells – Darara, by Top Ville), who remained in Australia after failing in the 1998 Melbourne Cup.
Darara also produced Darazari’s brother Diaghilev (Sadler’s Wells – Darara, by Top Ville). Diaghilev fetched 3.4 million guineas as a yearling before he won the QEII under his Hong Kong racing name River Dancer in 2004.
The top broodmare also produced Dar Re Mi (Singspiel – Darara, by Top Ville). Dar Re Mi won the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes and Yorkshire Oaks in 2001 before she returned in 2010 to take out the Group 1 Sheema Classic in Dubai.
Rewilding was Darara’s last foal. Sheik Mohammed’s bloodstock buyer John Ferguson bought Rewilding to race as part of the Godolphin team. Rewilding upset dual Cox Plate winner So You Think (High Chaparral – Triassic, by Tights) in the Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at the 2011 Royal Ascot carnival, which followed his win in the Dubai Sheema Classic earlier that year.
“Andrew and I feel grateful and honoured to have owned such a world-class foundation mare in Darara,” Madeleine Lloyd-Webber told TDN. “It is difficult to quantify how important her contribution has been to Watership Down Stud.
“Luckily we own her two daughters [Evita and Dar Re Mi], so that her outstanding bloodline will continue.
However, it was a very sad day for Watership Down Stud.”