The Weekly Wrap: Fathers and Sons


Saint Lawrence, by Dubawi's son Al Kazeem |


Dubawi (Ire) being a good stallion is not exactly a newsflash. The increasingly interesting element of his success, however, is his growing number of sons and grandsons making a mark at stud.

Dubawi's own season has been headlined by the Group 1 winners Ghaiyyath (Ire), Lord North (Ire) and Space Blues (Ire), while G2 Superlative S. winner Master Of The Seas (Ire) looks to be one of the more exciting juveniles seen out in Europe so far.

In this year's freshman sires' championship, Ballylinch Stud's son of Dubawi, New Bay (GB), remains an interesting lurker with the best strike-rate of the lot, his seven winners coming from only 14 runners.

Meanwhile his stud-mate and Dubawi's grandson Make Believe (GB) has leapfrogged Night Of Thunder (Ire) in the second-crop sires' table, with his standard-bearer Mishriff adding the G2 Prix Guillaume d'Ornano to his Classic success in the Prix du Jockey Club.

Darley's Night Of Thunder is holding his own, however, and good results keep coming from the Dubawi sireline in a number of directions. Last Friday Night Of Thunder was represented by a new stakes winner in Stormy Girl (Ire), who won the Highfield Farm Flying Fillies' S. at Pontefract to give trainer Rebecca Menzies her first stakes success.

Dubawi's Haras du Logis-based son Hunter's Light (Ire) was also on the score sheet in Deauville when notching his first group success with Irska (Fr), the Markus Nigge-bred and -trained winner of the G3 Prix de Lieurey.

Saint Lawrence (Ire), who, like his sire Al Kazeem (GB), was bred at Oakgrove Stud in Wales, took Saturday's listed Denford Stud S. for his owner-breeder John Deer. He is one of just 27 foals from the stallion's largest crop born in 2018.

The brilliant Al Kazeem, winner of four Group 1s for Deer and Roger Charlton, had a two-part racing career after he returned to Beckhampton when his compromised fertility cut short his tenure at the Royal Studs. The Deers' persistence with their champion at Oakgrove, where he has now completed five seasons, is to their credit. Despite his small foal crops, the 12-year-old stallion has Group 1 winner Aspetar (Fr), who was bred by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani, who has clearly been a believer in Al Kazeem from the start and also bred and owns his son Usak (Fr), a listed winner in France earlier this year.

Saint Lawrence's win was also another feather in the cap of the Oakgrove mare Affluent (GB), a daughter of Oasis Dream bought from Juddmonte in 2016 for 35,000gns and who has also produced Daahyeh (GB). The Bated Breath (GB) filly won last year's G3 Albany S. and G2 Rockfel S. as well as finishing runner-up in both the G1 Moyglare Stud S. and GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Lost Voice
Then there's Poet's Voice, from Dubawi's first crop, who died two years ago at the age of 11 but can be considered, at the very least, to have been an extremely useful stallion. In pole position of his runners is the G1 King George and Queen Elizabeth S winner Poet's Word (Ire), now himself at Boardsmill Stud in Ireland. While Craig Bernick's filly One Voice (Ire)—an inspired Goffs Sportsman's Sale purchase at €55,000—has been knocking on the Group 1 door this season and is already a Group 3 winner, another of Poet's Voice's daughters, Song Of Life (GB), landed her tenth victory and first black-type success when winning the listed Grosser Sparkassenpreis at Dusseldorf on Saturday. She was also runner-up in the G3 Sparkasse Holstein-Cup last month.

Poet's Voice spent five years shuttling to Australia and one of the products of those stints became his latest Group 1 winner in Singapore over the weekend. The former Godolphin runner Aramaayo (Aus) landed the G1 Kranji Mile (and has rather rather mysteriously gained an extra 'a' in this name since he raced in Australia as Aramayo).

Despite his Australian birth, the 5-year-old, who was runner-up in the G1 Spring Champion S. when trained by James Cummings, represents a family with deep British roots as Aramaayo is out of Peruvian (GB), an unraced Diktat (GB) half-sister to In The Wings (GB). He is one of many good horses to have Dubawi's fourth dam Sunbittern (GB) (Sea Hawk {Fr}) on both sides of their pedigrees. A common source of this duplication comes about when Dubawi covers mares by In The Wings' son Singspiel (Ire), which  has been a notably successful nick and is responsible for the Group 1 winners Too Darn Hot (GB), Old Persian (GB), Wuheida (GB) and Left Hand (GB).

Through her daughter High Hawk (GB) (Shirley Heights {GB}), Sunbittern features as the third dam of Aramaayo, who also has the repetition of her genes through Dubawi. Space Blues is another bred on this pattern as his third dam is Sunbittern's daughter High Spirited (Ire), a full-sister to In The Wings' dam High Hawk.

Teofilo the quiet achiever
While the hunt is on for Galileo's heir at Coolmore, one of his sons who receives little recognition for his achievements as stud is the former champion 2-year-old Teofilo (Ire).

His trainer/breeder Jim Bolger's early contribution to Galileo's success at stud has been well documented. Teofilo's spotless juvenile campaign was mirrored the following year when another son of Galileo became champion 2-year-old: New Approach (Ire). While the latter went on to win the Derby, the Champion S. and the Irish Champion S., we can only guess at what might have been for Teofilo as a 3-year-old had injury not scuppered the continuation of his racing career.

All we really have to go on is what he has done subsequently at stud and the answer there is plenty, but with little fanfare. So here's a toot for the old boy.

Now the sire of 18 Group 1 winners in Britain, Ireland, France, Hong Kong and Australia, Teofilo registered his latest top-flight winner in Germany on Saturday where Donjah (Ger) recorded her breakthrough success in the Preis von Europa. Now four, the filly was third in the race last year and had been runner-up to Ghaiyyath in the G1 Grosser Preis von Baden in 2019 as well as winning the G2 Gran Premio del Jockey Club in Italy. She is the second Group 1-winning filly for her sire this season after Shadwell's unbeaten Tawkeel (GB), who strolled to a five-length victory in the Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary.

Donjah continues a fine spell for Dr Stefan Oschmann's Darius Racing and for breeders Gestut Karlshof. The same combination is found in Germany's Horse of the Year for 2019, Rubaiyat (Fr) (Areion {Ger}). The link between Darius Racing and Karlshof is Oschmann's racing manager and bloodstock agent Holger Faust, who is the son of the stud's owners Bruno and Michaela Faust.

Darius Racing also successfully campaigned G1 Deutsches Derby winner Isfahan (Ger) (Lord Of England {Ger}), who was bred and trained by Andreas Wohler and bought as a yearling by Faust for €35,000. Now standing at Gestut Ohlerweiherhof, Isfahan has his first 2-year-old runners this season and was represented by his first winner with his first runner, Nasche (Ger), in the Czech Republic last month.

The winning breeder of Nasche, Australian Geoffrey Grimish, received a €20,000 bonus from Darius Racing for supplying the stallion's first winner, and Grimish also has close ties to the Faust family as he is the owner of Gestut Karlshof's young stallion Counterattack (Aus), the only son of Redoute's Choice in Germany. A Group 3 winner and Group 1-placed in Australia, Counterattack is represented by his first crop of yearlings this year and has 15 catalogued for the BBAG Sale on Sept. 4 in Baden-Baden.

King of Deauville
Back in 2015, a fretful-looking John Gosden walked the rain-softened mile straight at Deauville ahead of what would be the final race for Kingman (GB) in the Prix Jacques le Marois. The trainer decided to let the Juddmonte colt take his chance and he went on to post his fourth consecutive Group 1 victory of the season.

Five years later, Kingman's son Palace Pier (GB) faced similarly testing conditions in the same race on Sunday. There was no pre-race head-scratching on course for Gosden, who was unable to travel owing to reinforced quarantine conditions between France and England. If he fretted at home in Newmarket, happily any fears turned out to be groundless as Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum's colt maintained his unbeaten record and emulated his father's victory to take his second Group 1 of the season. The first came in the St James's Palace S., which was also won by Kingman.

His jockey Frankie Dettori will doubtless be enjoying his enforced stay in Normandy this week as he awaits further Group 1 action at Deauville on Sunday. Whatever happens with the Wesley Ward-trained Campanelle (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) in the Prix Morny, Dettori's wins aboard Palace Pier and his stable-mate Mishriff will already have compensated the rider for having to sit out York's Ebor meeting.

Palace Pier was the highest-profile winner in a good week for Kingman on both sides of the Atlantic. Another of Palace Pier's fellow Clarehaven residents, Megallan (GB), made an eye-catching debut at Newmarket on Saturday and could just be another black-type performer for Hascombe & Valiant Studs. The juvenile colt is a son of Eastern Belle (GB) (Champs Elysees {GB}), a winning half-sister to Anthony Oppenheimer's champion 3-year-old Golden Horn (GB).

In America, the Saratoga Derby Invitational S. was won by the Rabbah Bloodstock-bred Domestic Spending (GB), who was bought by Mike Ryan and trainer Chad Brown for Klaravich Stables at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale for 300,000gns. That team's love of shopping for turf horses in Newmarket to export to America has been well noted, and their love for Kingman is likely to be growing, too.

On the same card at Saratoga, Brown and Klaravich Stables were represented by impressive first-time-out winner Public Sector (GB), Kingman's 2-year-old son out of the Montjeu (Ire) mare Parle Moi (Ire) who was bred by Fergus Anstock's The Kathryn Stud. The colt was the sole Book 1 offering in 2019 by Anstock's son Farran in his first year consigning under the farm's new name of Clearwater Stud. Mike Ryan signed the ticket at 170,000gns.

Brown, Ryan and the team at Tattersalls will doubtless be hoping that the current travel restrictions between America and Britain are lifted in time for this year's October Sale.








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