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.


kcbca1 More than 1 year ago
Mr. Shuback, Can you explain to me why a large portion of people in our country believe we are at the center of the universe for just about everything we do. Curt V. is completely ignorant to the fact that our horse racing is 2nd class to many other places? I can no longer stand by without comment on this continual elevation of Zenyatta as the greatest horse of all time. Why can't we just accept her career for what is was, which was fascinating. I celebrate her story just about as much as anyone. All of Zenyattas connections also deserve the highest amount of praise. I felt sick at seeing Mike Smith's pain attempting to take the blame for what was not his fault. When anyone sees him or John Sherriff we should just thank them for the fantastic ride they took us on which may never be duplicated. Please people, don't respond to my comments with arguments against them. Let's just celebrate it all for what it was and not try to classify it. (I couldn't agree with you more. Unfortunately, too many Americans think we are at the center of the universe in all endeavors. Mention Longchamp to a typical American racing fan (i.e., bettor), and he will undoubtedly picture in his mind a level, left-handed oval. Being separated by two huge oceans on either side, there is a geographic reason for our cultural isolation, but not to the extent that it exists in horse racing, which is the most international of sports. There are still many American horsemen who pay attention to foreign affairs, but there number is decreasing. Compare the number of Europeans in the press box at the Breeders' Cup (numerous) to the number of Americans in the press boxes on Arc Weekend, Royal Ascot, the Japan Cup or the Hong Kong International Races (one or two), and you get a clear picture of of the great divide.) AS
Curt V More than 1 year ago
Alan, Your comment that Goldikova rules the world is both preposterous & to use your term, ultimately quite "Provincial". Goldikova has only proven it on Turf. She hasn't proven one damn thing on Dirt. So, who's world is it ? In the American world it's Dirt. So, as far as we are concerned, Rachel & Zenyatta both would have crushed Goldikova, in any race, on any other surface, at any other track, in any other world, at any other time, at any distance. You give an all new meaning to the term "Provincial'................ Curt V. (Curt, in the larger world, it is turf. 80 percent of the the group or graded stakes in the world's major racing nations are run on turf. Perhaps 18 percent are run on dirt, virtually all of them in a single nation, the United States. Zenyatta's five G1 wins this year came on synthetics, a surface on which 2 percent of the world's stakes races are run. The ovewhelming majority of the best horses in the world are being bred to run on turf. As a result, American racing is painting itself into a corner, and a provincial one at that. Your closing statemnet about Rachel and Zenyatta crushing Goldikova on any surface in any country makes no sense whatsoever. In racing, making emotional judgments like that is the short way to the poor house.) AS