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Star Broodmare Darara Dies Aged 29
Lord & Lady Lloyd Webber's outstanding broodmare Darara (Top Ville-Delsy, by Andos) "whose feat of producing 4 individual Gr1 winners has been matched or surpassed by only a handful of other mares in the modern era" has died at their Watership Down Stud at Berkshire in the UK aged 29, reported racingpost.com. Bred & raced by The Aga Khan, Darara was a half-sister to both Gr1 Prix du Jockey Club-French Derby winner Darshaan & Dalara (dam of dual Gr1-winner Daliapour). On the track herself, Darara won the French Gr1 Prix Vermeille before being purchased at Goffs in 1994 for Irish 470,000 guineas "as a potential foundation mare" for Watership Down. The initial 2 foals she produced both sold for 500,000 guineas (A$825,000): Kilimanjaro subsequently finished runner-up in the Gr2 King Edward VII Stakes & Rhagaas finished 3rd in the Gr1 Prix du Jockey Club. In 2000 Coolmore paid 3.4 million guineas (A$5.61m) - a "record that is yet to be surpassed in Europe" - at the UK Tattersalls Houghton Yearling Sale for her Sadler's Wells colt Diaghilev "who won a Gr3 in France before being exported to Hong Kong where, under the new name River Dancer, he landed the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup". Darara's other Gr1-winners were Darazari (who won Australia's 1999 Gr1 Ranvet Stakes), Dar Re Mi (2009 Gr1 Irish Pretty Polly Stakes, 2009 UK Gr1 Yorkshire Oaks & 2010 UAE Gr1 Dubai Sheema Classic) & Rewilding (2011 UAE Gr1 Dubai Sheema Classic & 2011 UK Gr1 Prince Of Wales's Stakes). After the birth of Rewilding, Darara was retired from her "glittering stud career that included 12 foals, 4 of which were winners at the highest level & 2 more were Gr1-placed, earning a combined total of £7,250,000 (A$11.6m) on prize-money; her progeny that were sold as yearlings grossed 4,900,000 guineas (A$8.085m)."