Kheleyf sold to stand in Qatar

Former Darley shuttler Kheleyf has been sold to continue his stud career in Qatar.

The 14-year-old son of Green Desert stood at Darley Kelvinside in 2009 and is currently based at Haras des Faunes.  He will serve his last European book at the Bordeaux based stud this year before transferring to Qatar.

Kheleyf (USA) won the G3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2004 and he also stood under the Darley banner at Kildangan Stud and Dalham Hall.

Shuttled to Australia in 2009, he covered 66 mares at a $27,500 fee and the sole stakes winner from that crop was Arcadia Rose (LR Belgravia Stakes).  He was advertised to return the following year at a $16,500 fee but was a late withdrawal.

Known for producing stock with speed and precocity, Kheleyf sired 42 northern hemisphere bred juvenile winners in 2012 to equal the record set by Invincible Spirit.

“He will stand in France this season because it’s too late to go to Qatar,” agent Nicolas de Watrigant said.  “He has been a leading sire in Britain and will improve the quality of Qatar’s stallions.”