Dubawi

Daughter Of Talent Steps Out At Kempton

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Today's Observations features a daughter of Oaks winner Talent. 3.35 Fontainebleau, Mdn, €27,000, 3yo, c/g, 9fT NINE WEST (GB) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) debuts for the Wertheimers and Andre Fabre and is a G1 Prix du Jockey Club entered half-brother to the operation's star miler Solow (GB) (Singspiel {Ire})....

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Belmont Stakes For Rebel's Romance

Godolphin's G2 UAE Derby winner Rebel's Romance (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) will bypass the May 1 GI Kentucky Derby and instead target the third leg of the U.S. Triple Crown, the GI Belmont S. on June 5. Rebel's Romance, who is ineligible for the European Classics as a gelding, had been assured a spot in the starting gate at Churchill Downs after earning 100 Kentucky Derby qualifying points for his 5 1/2-length UAE Derby win on Mar. 27. Godolphin has two other colts in the current top 20 by Kentucky Derby...

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Aga Khan Studs Reveals Blue Chip Mating Plans

In addition to its resident sires including lynchpins Siyouni (Fr) and Sea The Stars (Ire), the Aga Khan Studs will lend support to the likes of Lope De Vega (Ire) and Frankel (GB), as well as unproven sires Too Darn Hot (GB) and Ghaiyyath (Ire), with its European broodmare band in 2021. One of the stars of the Aga Khan Studs broodmare band is undoubtedly the unbeaten G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe victress Zarkava (Ire) (Zamindar). She is currently in foal to Siyouni and will visit Lope De Vega....

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Rebel's Romance Romps In UAE Derby

Any discussion of the world's leading turf sires must include Darley in Europe's Dubawi (Ire), but for all the success he has had with his runners on the grass, his strike rate on the dirt--particularly in Dubai--is nothing short of stunning. The sire of World Cup winner Prince Bishop (Ire) (and Monterosso {GB} on the Tapeta), Dubawi has also accounted for such horses as Hunter's Light (Ire), Benbatl (GB) and Mubtaahij (Ire). The latter took out the 2015 UAE Derby, and as the sun began to set Saturday at Meydan,...

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Ghaiyyath's Brother Debuts At Donny

4.20 Doncaster, Mdn, £5,300, 3yo, 10f 43yT KHAIZ (IRE) (Dubawi {Ire}) is the latest progeny out of the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Nightime (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), now one of the world's most revered broodmares courtesy of the exploits of this Charlie Appleby-trained colt's full-brother Ghaiyyath (Ire) and her GI Man o'War S. winner Zhukova (Ire) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}). The top-priced colt of the 2018 Tattersalls December Foals Sale at 700,000gns, the March-foaled chestnut carries the silks of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum as he takes on some experienced...

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Godolphin Colt Earns Kentucky Derby Points

5th-Kempton, £38,000, Cond, 3-3, 3yo, 8f (AWT), 1:38.12, st/sl. HIGHLAND AVENUE (IRE) (c, 3, Dubawi {Ire}--Lumiere {GB} {Hwt. 2yo Filly-Eng & G1SW-Eng, $329,674}, by Shamardal), a Jan. 30 last-out winner over course and distance, employed patient tactics in rear for the most part of a contest carrying points towards a Kentucky Derby invitation. Making eyecatching headway along the far-side rail in the straight, the 4-9 lock gained an edge approaching the eighth pole and was ridden out in the latter stages to deny 200-1 chance Sergeant Tibbs (GB) (Bobby's Kitten)...

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Space Blues Up For Turf Sprint Win

The favourite and headline act Channel Maker (English Channel) may have been upset in the card-opening Neom Turf Cup, but that was not the case 35 minutes later, with last year's G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest victor Space Blues (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) obliging at short odds for Godolphin and trainer Charlie Appleby. Stalking the pace just off the fence, Space Blues and William Buick sat on the heels of last year's winner Dark Power (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) down the backstretch. Space Blues had about three lengths to make up...

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Options Open For Soft Whisper

Trainer Saeed bin Suroor is keeping options open for his Listed UAE 1000 Guineas winner Soft Whisper (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), with next week's G3 UAE Oaks and Saudi Derby both still on the table. "She is entered in the UAE Oaks and also the Saudi Derby," bin Suroor said. "She's in both races and we will keep options open. She is a good filly and unbeaten in Dubai. She won the Guineas Trial and also the Guineas under Frankie [Dettori]. She won both races really well and has come back...

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Lope De Vega Filly For Oaks Winner Anapurna

Meon Valley Stud's foaling season has got off to the best possible start with the arrival of the first foal for the 2019 Oaks winner Anapurna (GB). The daughter of Frankel (GB) produced a chestnut filly by Lope De Vega (Ire) at the Hampshire farm early on Monday morning. "As you can imagine we're absolutely delighted," said Meon Valley Stud owner Mark Weinfeld. "You never know what's going to happen, so to have a filly as her first foal is fantastic. She arrived at six o'clock this morning and she's...

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Galileo: The Hardest Of Acts To Follow

In a temporarily upside-down world, a comforting air of normality can be found in a perusal of the end-of-year stallion tables. To Benjamin Franklin's certainties of death and taxes, in this smaller world we can add just about the only sure thing in racing and bloodstock: Galileo (Ire) is champion sire. Perhaps the greatest compliment that can be paid to the King of Tipperary is the fact that, even at his home at Coolmore, the operation which naturally has free-flowing access to the supersire via some of the best mares...

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Half-Sister To Integral Set For Lingfield Debut

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Today's Observations features half-siblings to two Group 1 winners. 1.35 Lingfield, Nov, £5,300, 2yo, f, 7f 1y (AWT) Cheveley Park Stud's hitherto unraced DEGREE (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) is a homebred half-sister to G1 Falmouth S. and G1 Sun Chariot S. heroine Integral (GB) (Dalakhani {Ire}) out of G1 Matron...

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Dubawi Stars At Foal Sale Friday

NEWMARKET, UK--When there are two Dubawi half-brothers to Group 1 winners in a foal catalogue, the chances are that they will attract the attention of Sheikh Mohammed and go close to topping the sale, and that was exactly how it played out at Tattersalls on Friday. First up (lot 939) was the half-brother to the Irish champion 2-year-old filly Skitter Scatter (Scat Daddy), brought to the sale from Ireland by his breeder Airlie Stud to head proceedings at 700,000gns. His price--100,000gns ahead of the top lot at last year's sale--made...

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