09/10/2014 3:50PM

Keeneland September: Lone filly by Dubawi sells for $1.45 million


by Matt Hegarty, Joe Nevills, and Nicole Russo

A filly by standout young European sire Dubawi and out of a classic winner sold for $1.45 million to Flaxman Holidings to become the session leader during Wednesday's action at the Keeneland September yearling sale.

The filly, who was foaled in Great Britan, was consigned by Lane's End, as agent. She was the only Keeneland September yearling on offer by her sire, a son of Dubai Millennium who is based at Darley's European headquarters. The young stallion is represented around the globe by horses such as Dubai World Cup winner Monterosso, Hong Kong Cup winner Akeed Mofeed, Two Thousand Guineas winner Makfi, multiple Group 1 winner Al Kazeem, and Hong Kong Sprint winner Lucky Nine.

“We’re pleased to get her," Flaxman agent Charlie Vaughan-Fowler said, adding that the fily would be shipped to Europe. "She’s a big filly, and she handled the sale very well. ... For a filly by Dubawi out of an Oaks winner, you’re thinking [the price] will be a big number. It’s obviously a high number, but we’re happy to get her.”

The filly is out of the Red Ransom mare Casual Look, whose career was highlighted by a victory in the 2003 Epsom Oaks; she also finished third in the Irish Oaks. Later sent to the U.S., Casual Look finished third in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland.

Casual Look, a full sister to stakes winner and producer Shabby Chic, is the dam of three winners from six starters, including stakes-placed Casual Trick.

"Dubawi is obviously a phenomenal sire and we thought she'd sell well," Lanes End's Bill Farish said. "She's always been a really special filly physically. She was actually raised with two other Dubawis in the same field. The three of them are just three exceptional individuals, so it's going to be fun to see what she does in the racetrack, She's always been really correct, great mind. This whole sale experience, she just took it all with a grain of salt and never turned a hair.

"There was a lot of thought about selling her in Europe, but dad really wanted her here," Farish added. "It's hard when you're not there and he wasn't going to be at that sale. She's a special filly and we'd have a better feel for her individually as well as the whole process, so it's easier to have her here."