Medaglia d’Oro’s best son Astern will join the 2018 Darley stallion roster at Jonabell for a fee of $15,000. Astern, who is currently proving very popular during his first southern hemisphere season as a Darley stallion at Kelvinside Farm in Australia, is rated the best ever winner of the G1 Golden Rose, Australia’s top seven-furlong race for three-year-olds. His 126 Timeform rating makes him Medaglia d’Oro’s top-rated son in either hemisphere.
Astern’s sire, Medaglia d’Oro, is having arguably his best year ever at stud in 2017 with five individual G1 winners, a figure which cannot be bettered by any other American stallion.
His G1 winners in 2017 include dual Champion Songbird, who captured this year’s G1 Ogden Phipps and G1 Delaware Handicap; G1 Jenny Wiley winner Dickinson; and G1 Belmont Oaks heroine New Money Honey. His latest stars are dual G1-winning three-year-old filly Elate, and undefeated two-year-old colt Bolt d’Oro, who has also won at the highest level twice this year.
Medaglia d’Oro’s Breeders’ Cup contenders include Elate in the Distaff and Bolt d’Oro in the Juvenile, plus Wonder Gadot in the Juvenile Fillies, Talismanic in the Turf, and Gato Del Oro in the Dirt Mile.
Medaglia d’Oro will stand for $200,000 in 2018.