Arrowfield rests Animal Kingdom

Arrowfield Stud has decided not to shuttle Animal Kingdom for its upcoming southern season in the Hunter Valley.

A Group 1 winner of the Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup, he will remain at Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Kentucky this year.

“We’re firmly committed to him and we’re very pleased with his first progeny both here in Australia and in the United States,” Arrowfield bloodstock manager Jon Freyer said.  “His stock appeal as late season two-year-olds and classic horses.

“In a very competitive marketplace, the fourth season is always the most difficult.  We have great faith in Animal Kingdom and have decided to take a longer-term view of his stallion career.

“He’s served six consecutive seasons north and south and, not surprisingly, he’s been more popular in the USA.

Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux) was initially priced at $38,500 in Australia but that had dipped to $27,500 when Arrowfield released its latest roster in April.  His first-crop yearlings averaged $135,000 at the 2016 Inglis Easter Sale.