(Photo : Darley Stud)
…IS NO LONGER THE QUESTION.
The question is, “how good is Dubawi?”. The answer is, it seems, very good. And the deeper you delve, it seems he gets better.
With three individual Pattern winners on Saturday 18th and his second Gr1 winner seven days later, Darley’s Dubawi is European Bloodstock News’ Stallion of the Month for September.
The best son of his short-lived sire Dubai Millennium, the Classic-winning miler currently stands fourth on the European-based stallions list in order of 2010 northern hemisphere Stakes winners, a great achievement considering he only has two crops racing for him.
The Darley-bred Dubawi was trained by Saeed bin Suroor to race eight times in the blue colours of Godolphin.
As the first foal of his sire to see racecourse action, he made his debut in early June 2004 at Goodwood in a six furlong maiden on good to firm ground, winning cosily despite running green. Five weeks later, he stepped up in class and trip in Newmarket’s Gr3 Superlative Stakes on good to soft, getting in front near the line and having subsequent Gr1 winner Wilko back in third. He ended his first campaign as the impressive three-length winner of the Gr1 National Stakes at the Curragh in mid-September, despite again running green, and went into the winter as one of the favourites for the 2005 Gr1 Derby.
Dubawi had five outings as a three-year-old, clearly not appreciating the fast conditions at Newmarket when hanging in the closing stages and being beaten three lengths into fifth when favourite for the Gr1 2,000 Guineas.
He then travelled to Ireland to take on seven rivals in the Gr1 Irish 2,000 Guineas on good ground. He won well, despite again wandering under pressure, by an easeddown two lengths from multiple Gr1 winner Oratorio, who had finished a head in front of him at Newmarket.
It was then on to Epsom, where Dubawi started third best in the market for the Gr1 Derby. Despite the speed he had shown in his races, his first three dams were by Deploy, Dancing Brave and High Line, and he was related to many high class middle-distance runners, so there was every chance that he would stay the trip. He ran a respectable third, rather better than his sire had done six years earlier, but was no match for the easy winner Motivator and was run out of second in the final furlong.
After a break of more than two months, he reappeared over 1600m at Deauville for the Gr1 Prix Jacques Le Marois, in which he faced the unbeaten dual Classic heroine Divine Proportions, that season’s dual Gr1 winner Valixir and Whipper, winner of the Gr1 Prix Maurice de Gheest seven days earlier. Racing in third behind his pacemaker, Dubawi made his move first and ran out the comfortable length and a half winner from Whipper in what proved to be the best performance of his career.
His swansong came at Ascot six weeks later, when he was unable to pass the strapping Australian chesnut Starcraft in the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, going down by three quarters of a length in a strangely-run race in which the small field of six somehow managed to split into two groups and Dubawi was switched from one to the other two furlongs from home. However, bearing in mind the long distance of the Newmarket straight and his relatively small change in trajectory, the move did not affect the result and he finished a clear second.
He retired to stud as the second top Three-Year-Old Miler of 2005 (behind Darley’s Shamardal) in the World Thoroughbred Rankings, his rating of 123 being 1lb higher than he had achieved at two.
Dubawi proved the best of the 54 surviving foals in the sole crop by Dubai Millennium, one of the highest-rated horses of the century and a four times Gr1 winner who recorded wide-margin victories in the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (six lengths), Gr1 Dubai World Cup (six lengths) and Gr.1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes (eight lengths) before a fractured leg on the gallops ended his racing career.
The son of Seeking the Gold sired five Stakes winners from that crop, also including Gr2 and four times Gr3 victor Echo of Light, as well as the Group-placed pair Oude and Quickfire, though it must be pointed out that his percentage of winners to foals was only a little over 40% and many of his progeny were not seen in public at all.
Dubawi is the first foal produced by Zomaradah (Deploy), who was trained by Luca Cumani for Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum and won six races between 10 and 11 furlongs over four seasons in training.
She proved a good traveller, picking up the Gr1 Oaks d’Italia in Milan and Gr2 (now Gr1) E P Taylor Stakes in Canada at three, the Gr2 (now Gr1) Premio Lydia Tesio in Rome at four and also finished third, beaten just a length, in the Gr1 Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Gulfstream Park that autumn. Zomaradahs second foal was the Barathea filly Princess Nada, a Listed winner over ten furlongs and Gr2-placed over 12, and she has since produced a minor winner by Seeking the Gold.
Zomaradah is a year younger half-sister to a multiple winner by Old Vic, the pair being the first two foals out of the three times placed Jawaher (Dancing Brave). The latter then spent nine years in the paddocks in Saudi Arabia before returning to Ireland in 2005, since when she has had three further foals, the youngest a two-year old Kodiac filly.
Dubawi’s third dam, High Tern (High Line), won twice and produced nine winners from her 11 foals, headed by the 1998 Gr1 Derby victor and sire High-Rise, the Listedwinning stayer Supremacy and the Listed-placed hurdler Gamekeeper. She only foaled two other daughters – Three Jewels, who was exported to India, and Perdicula, dam of the Listed-placed Markovitch
The fourth dam, Sunbittern (Sea Hawk), was a smart juvenile, winning three times and finishing fourth in the Gr1 Cheveley Park Stakes. She had ten winners among her 14 foals, the best being the Gr1 winner and dual Classic runner-up High Hawk (Shirley Heights). The latter was the first Shirley Heights mare to produce a Sadlers Wells foal, he being the Gr1 winner and leading sire In The Wings. High Hawks winning full-sister Dunoof was the second, her 1989-foaled daughter being the winner Folia, then High Hawk foaled the Pattern winners Hunting Hawk and Hawker’s News to Sadler’s Wells in 1990 and 1991, and the winner Hawk’s Castle in 1992, the year another full-sister, High Spirited, foaled another winning son of Sadler’s Wells, Motakabber.
In fact it was not until 1994 that a Shirley Heights mare from outside this immediate family produced a foal by the multiple Champion Sire, a run of successes that led to the numerous top class Sadler’s Wells progeny that have since resulted out of mares by Shirley Heights’ son Darshaan. The first bred on this cross was the Gr1-placed Listed winner Election Day, foaled in 1992.
Other daughters of Sunbittern have made their mark as broodmares; the Gr1-winning Shirley Heights mare Infamy is the dam of Gr2 winner Moon Queen (Sadler’s Wells) plus Barathea’s Gr3-winning daughter Barafamy; Dunoof is the dam of Gr3 winner Seltitude; and High Spirited’s Gr3-winning Sadler’s Wells daughter LegendMaker is the dam of Gr1 1,000 Guineas heroine VirginiaWaters, the Classic placed Alexander of Hales and Gr1- placed sire Chevalier.
Seeking The Gold
Mr Prospector (Raise A Native)
Con Game (Buckpasser)
Shareef Dancer (Northern Dancer)
Fall Aspen (Pretense)
Shirley Heights (Mill Reef)
Slightly Dangerous (Roberto)
Dancing Brave (Lyphard)
High Tern (High Line)
STUD FEES AND SALES YEARLINGS
Dubawi spent his first two years standing for £25,000 at Dalham Hall Stud, covering 141 mares in 2006 and 143 in 2007. Twenty of his first crop, which totalled 117, were sold at public auction as foals, realising an average of 60,624gns (£63,655) and a high of 160,000gns. As 2007 yearlings, 68 of them were headed by a 400,000gns son of Exciting Times and brought an average of 60,360gns (£63,378).
His second crop, currently his 106 two-year-olds, did not impress as much as foals, the 23 sold in 2007 making an average of 14,957gns (£15,705), but that average improved to 47,533gns (£49,910) as 2009 yearlings, topped by a filly out of Bella Lambada bought for 460,000gns.
Dubawi spent 2008 at Kildangan Stud, covering 103 mares at an advertised fee of €40,000. Some 69 foals resulted, which sold for up to 140,000gns last year and are now being offered as yearlings. To date, the top filly has been Echo of Light’s half sister, bought by John Ferguson at Goffs for €950,000, while the top-priced colt is Gr1 winner Kinnaird’s half-brother, sold to Form Bloodstock for 360,000gns at Book 1 of Tattersalls October Sale.
Dubawi returned to Dalham Hall Stud in 2009, where he covered a book of 72 at £15,000, a fee which was increased to £20,000 this year.
Dubawi made a great start with his first runners, ending 2009 with the most individual winners, 35, of any first season sire. They included Sand Vixen and Poet’s Voice, winners of the Gr2 Flying Childers Stakes and Gr2 Champagne Stakes on consecutive days last September.
That first crop produced two early 2010 Classic winners in the Italian-trained Worthadd, hero of the Gr3 Premio Parioli and winner, less than a month later, of the Gr2 Derby Italiano, while Makfistunned 18 rivals to win the Gr1 2,000 Guineas and has since also beaten Goldikovain the Gr1 Prix Jacques Le Marois. Gr3 winner Anna Salai was beaten a head into second in the Gr1 Irish 1,000 Guineas, Monterosso was a Gr2 winner over 12 furlongs at Royal Ascot, and Astrophysical Jet and Prince Bishop both won Gr3 races on 18th September, as did Dubawi’s second crop daughter Majestic Dubawi. Poet’s Voice then matched Makfi with a Gr1 victory, having that rival back in fifth when narrowly beating Rip Van Winklein last month’s Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
In all, an impressive 62% of Dubawi’s first crop are winners, eight of them at Group level and three at Listed, with a further five having earned black-type placings. His second crop have already included 11 black-type horses, headed by Group winners Irish Field and Majestic Dubawi, plus two Listed scorers and four Group placed.
NICKS AND CROSSES
Breeders did not miss the good results seen through branches of Dubawi’s family with Sadler’s Wells blood.
Five of his first crop progeny are out of the latter’s daughters, plus a further 13 out of either paternal or maternal grand-daughters.
The ever-popular Danzighas also featured highly, 17 of the 117 being out of mares by Danzig-line sires, and they account for three of his 11 Stakes winners, including both Gr1 victors. Twelve are out of mares by Mr Prospector-line stallions, Nijinsky appears in the top line of ten of the dams, as does Blushing Groom - the latter group including two of the Stakes winners.
Dubawi has two lines, 4 x 5, of both Raise A Nativeand Northern Dancer, the latter through Shareef Dancerand Lyphard. More than a dozen of his first crop also have Northern Dancer in both halves of the distaff sides of their pedigrees, the placed filly Slasl having five crosses in all.
This abundance of Northern Dancer blood is even more prevalent in Dubawi’s second crop. Of his 11 black-type juveniles, six of them, including four of the five winners, have four crosses of Northern Dancer while the Gr3 - placed Big Issue has five - two through Lyphard and one each via Shareef Dancer, Nureyev and Danzig - and is also 4 x 4 to Mr Prospector, again only through sons, in his case Seeking the Gold and Lycius.
It is interesting to note that the four Dubawi three-year-olds who have second crosses of the mare SlightlyDangerous though her son Warning, have all won.
Extract from European Bloodstock News