11/17/2010 3:24PM

Dubawi Carries Lamp for Dubai Millennium


As the best of the mere 56 sons and daughters of the great Dubai Millennium to have raced, Dubawi carries a big weight on his shoulders. Yet the 3-time Group 1 winner is off to a fantastic start at stud.

Like the stallion we reviewd last week- Shamardal- Dubawi is owned by Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stud. Unlike Shamardal, who stands at Kildangan Stud in Ireland, Dubawi is at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, England, where he stood in 2010 for a fee of 20,000 pounds (currently $31,775). The exploits of his first two crops, however, have induced Darley to raise his 2011 fee to 55,000 pounds, ($87,375).

By the horse many consider to be the best Thoroughbred of the last 25 years, Dubawi was meant to be a good one as he is out of the Deploy mare Zomaradah, the winner of the 1 3/8-mile, Group 1 Italian Oaks, the 1 1/4-mile, Group 2 E. P. Taylor Stakes, the 1 1/4-mile, Group 2 Beresford Stakes, and the 1 1/4-mile, Group 2 Premio Lydia Tesio. Dubai Millennium, it will be recalled, won 9-of-10 lifetime starts, among them four Group 1's, the one-mile Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, the one-mile Prix Jacques Le Marois, and the Dubai World Cup, which he won by 6 lengths while setting a Nad Al Sheba track record of 1:59.50 for 1 1/4 miles on dirt. He concluded his abbreviated career at Royal Ascot on June 21, 2000 with an 8-length victory in the 1 1/4-mile, Prince of Wales's Stakes. 

Injury forced Dubai Millennium's retirement two months later and he died of grass sickness a year after that after having covered just a single book of mares. Dubawi is the only Group 1 winner among them, but he has already provided strong evidence that Dubai Millennium would have been a notable sire of sires.
Dubawi, who was trained by Saeed bin Suroor for Godolphin, earned his Group 1 stripes as a 2-year-old when taking the 7-furlong National Stakes at the Curragh. At three he won the classic one-mile Irish 2000 Guineas, then surpassed the achievement of his father when finishing third in the Epsom Derby, a race in which Dubai Millennium suffered his only loss in finishing ninth. Dubawi then emulated his famous sire by winning the Prix Jacques Le Marois.
An excellent miler, Dubawi has shuttled between England and Australia during his brief career at stud, producing 14 group race winners from his first two crops.
Foremost among them is Makfi. An excellent miler himself, Makfi traveled from the French yard of his trainer Mikel Delzangles to win Newmarket's 2000 Guineas in just the third start of his life, then carried on the family tradition of winning the Prix Jacques Le Marois, defeating the great Goldikova in the process. Like Dubai Millennium, Makfi's career came to an early end when he suffered a bout of ringworm while preparing for the Breeders' Cup Mile.
Another ace miler by Dubawi is Poet's Voice. Bred by Darley and owned by Godolphin, he made like his grandsire by winning this year's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, a race in which Dubawi had finished second in 2005 when it was run at Newmarket. Poet's Voice had won the 7-furlong, Group 2 Champagne Stakes at two before preparing for his QEII score with a victory in the Group 2 Celebration Mile at Goodwood.
Dubawi is not limited, however, to siring milers. The Italian 3-year-old champion Worthadd has won the 1 3/8-mile, Group 2 Italian Derby as well as the one-mile, Group 3 Premio Parioli, or Italian 2000 Guineas. He recently scored his first victory over older horses when landing the one-mile, Group 2 Premio Ribot, all three of those group race victories by the Vittorio Caruso trainee coming at the Capannelle in Rome.
Dubawi's versatility at stud has been apparent throughout 2010. In June, his son Monterosso won the 1 1/2-mile, Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot. Last month, his son Prince Bishop followed up on an August win in the 1 1/4-mile, Group 3 Prix du Prince d'Orange at Longchamp with victory in the 1 1/2-mile, Group 2 Prix du Conseil de Paris at the same course.
Two of Dubawi's fillies have proven to be speedier types. Anna Salai has won the one-mile, Group 3 Prix de la Grotte and been second in the Irish 1000 Guineas, while Astrophysical Jet has beaten males in the 5-furlong, Group 3 Dubai Airport World Trophy.
Further afield, Dubai has sired Secret Admirer, the winner of the one-mile, Group 1 Flight Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Randwick in Australia and Luck or Design, an Irish-bred colt who has won the National Day Cup racing as Lucky Nine in Hong Kong.
The best of Dubawi's 2010 juveniles has been Irish Field, the winner of the 5 1/2-furlong, Group 2 Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte. Last year, Dubawi's daughter Sand Vixen won the 5-furlong, Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes.
So in just two years Dubawi has proven himself capable of siring stakes winners at two and three between 5 furlongs and 1 1/2 miles, fully justifiying the boost in his stud fee, and providing yet another example of how good milers can prove to be in siring winners at all distances when mated with the proper mares. Along with Shamardal and Darley's leading Kentucky-based stallions Street Cry and Medaglia d'Oro, Darley appears to have all bases covered in most every corner of the globe.