06/03/2015 11:17AM

SirePowered Results: Dubawi looks to conquer new frontier with Mubtaahij

Barbara D. Livingston\
Mubtaahij, shown training on June 3 at Belmont, will represent his sire, Dubawi, in Saturday's Belmont Stakes.

European champion Dubawi got off to a flying start as a sire, and has quickly established himself as a worldwide presence. The exciting young stallion will get a chance to conquer a new frontier with Mubtaahij, seeking to become his sire’s first American classic winner in the Belmont Stakes.

Dubawi, who is from the only crop by the brilliant Dubai Millennium, is already responsible for 15 graded/group stakes winners this season in England, France, Ireland, Dubai, Australia, South Africa, and Qatar, including to DRF’s SirePowered Results.

Two of those victories belong to Prince Bishop and Mubtaahij, who gave their sire another big night on the international stage on March 28 with runaway victories in the Group 1, $10 million Dubai World Cup and Group 2, $2 million U.A.E. Derby, respectively. It was the second stakes victory of the season for Mubtaahij, who also finished second in the U.A.E. 2000 Guineas.

Mubtaahij comes into the Belmont Stakes fresh after finishing a creditable eighth in the Kentucky Derby. The colt, who is a half-brother to European champion Lily of the Valley and to multiple stakes winner Calbuco, is seeking to become the third Irish-bred to win the Belmont, joining Cavan (1958) and Go and Go (1990).

One of the biggest success stories for Dubawi this season has been Al Kazeem, who swept through the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes and Group 1 Eclipse Stakes in England and Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup in Ireland in 2013. He subsequently proved subfertile at stud, and was returned to training later in 2014. He has rounded back into form this season to capture the Group 2 Prix d’Harcourt in France and repeat in the Tattersalls Gold Cup.

Another returning face for Dubawi this season has been Night of Thunder, who defeated both Kingman and Australia to win the English 2000 Guineas last season. He most recently captured the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes in May.

Other Group 1 winners for Dubawi this season include Hunter’s Light in Dubai, Shamal Wind in Australia, and Dubday, a champion in Qatar.

British-born Dubai Millennium won all but one of his starts, highlighted, appropriately, by a score in the 2000 Dubai World Cup. He also posted Group 1 victories in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and Prince of Wales’s Stakes in England, and the Prix Jacques le Marois in France. He retired to Godolphin’s Dalham Hall Stud in England, but died due to grass sickness following the 2001 season.

The best of the five stakes winners from his lone crop of 56 was Dubawi, who was produced by the Italian Oaks winner Zomaradah. A Group 1 winner in Ireland as a juvenile, he claimed the Irish 2000 Guineas and Group 1 Prix Jacques le Marois the following season, and also finished third in the Epsom Derby.

Dubawi entered stud at Dalham Hall in 2006, and got off to a flying start. His first crop included European champion Makfi, whose biggest victory came in the English 2000 Guineas; Lucky Nine, twice the champion sprinter in Hong Kong; 2012 Dubai World Cup winner Monterosso; Italian Derby winner Worthadd; Dubawi Heights, a multiple Grade 1 winner in California; and additional Group 1 winners Poet’s Voice, Happy Archer, Secret Admirer, and Tiger Tees.

In subsequent years, Dubawi has continued on to sire Akeed Mofeed, a multimillionaire whose victories include the Hong Kong Derby and Hong Kong Cup; German Derby winner Waldpark; Spanish champion Irish Field; and Belgian champion Titus Mills. In all, he is the sire of 526 winners, including 102 stakes winners, through May 31. His runners have bankrolled $88,551,623, an average of $124,022 per starter.

Get complete results for Dubawi and other stallions using DRF’s SirePowered Results, now with international results. To access the app, click here.