Frontiersman—a listed-winning son of Darley flagship sire Dubawi and Darley Irish Oaks (G1) heroine Ouija Board, and thus a half brother to multiple group 1 winner Australia—has been recruited to the stallion roster at Overbury Stud in Gloucestershire.
The 6-year-old will stand alongside two other former Godolphin campaigners in Kayf Tara and Jack Hobbs, with his fee available on application.
He will parade Jan. 22 as part of the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association’s stallions showcase at Goffs UK in Doncaster.
Bred by Stanley Estate and Stud, Frontiersman was sold to Sheikh Mohammed’s operation as a yearling in a private deal and he later joined the stable of Charlie Appleby.
After winning a Newbury maiden at 3 he progressed through handicaps and finished runner-up to Highland Reel in the Investec Coronation Cup (G1) at 4. He also took second in the Princess of Wales’s Arqana Racing Club Stakes (G2) and third in the Betfred Geoffrey Freer Stakes (G3) before scoring in the listed Mukhadram Godolphin Stakes that season.
Last year at 5 Frontiersman finished second in the Dubai City of Gold Stakes Sponsored by Emirates Skycargo (G2) and was fourth in the Dubai Gold Cup Sponsored by Al Tayer Motors (G2), both at Meydan.
Overbury Stud manager Simon Sweeting said: “He’s an intriguing stallion prospect—he’s well-made and very eye-catching, plenty talented enough and with that amazing pedigree. I’m looking forward to showing him to breeders at Goffs UK.
“The history books say that a stallion this well-bred doesn’t have to be a group 1 winner to excel at stud. Kodiac and Fairy King spring to mind, and Dubawi himself is out of a mare by Deploy; like Frontiersman, he was a group 1 runner-up who was a half brother to a Derby winner out of a great racemare.
“Frontiersman is a descendant of Mr. Prospector—a non-group 1 winner, of course—and, funnily enough, goes back in direct male line to Sickle, bred by the current Lord Derby’s grandfather. He was the half brother to Derby winner Hyperion who, despite never winning at the highest level, nonetheless became an influential stallion in his own right.
“It’s something for Frontiersman to live up to!”