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Darley Will Re-Export Some Shuttle Stallons

Thursday, 20th September 2007

The announcement of the creation of a "purple zone" for the NSW Hunter Valley thoroughbred breeding area will allow stallions currently in quarantine lock-down at Eastern Creek in Sydney to be released into the zone. However Darley Australia general manager Ollie Tait said a decision has not yet been made about which of its stallions will travel to the Hunter Valley & which will be exported back to the northern hemisphere. He told TVN: "We have not come to any final decisions, but it likely we will export some of the horses. It is just a management risk." Tait confirmed Exceed And Excel will definitely be sent to the Hunter Valley, noting: "We are prepared to take the risk with him on missing 2 seasons." And he added: "If we get the stallions in the next 7 days, the breeding season will not be a disaster & there will be plenty of opportunities for broodmare owners to have their mares covered." Tait said equine influenza had gone "right through" Darley's horses, commenting: "It is not serious, but noticeable."

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