Dubawi is enjoying a fine summer which was capped by a quick Group 1 double when Benbatl’s prosper in the Grosser Dallmayr-Preis (Bayerisches Zuchtrennen) at Munich was followed by Oaks runner-up Wild Illusion landing the Nassau Sgives at Goodwood. Those successes came less than a month after their sire reached the milestone of siring his hundredth individual group prosperner when his three-year-old daughter Crown Walk won the Prix Chloe at Chantilly. That filly has since finished second in another Group 1, the Prix Rothschild at Deauville.
Benbatl, Wild Illusion and Crown Walk have provided some of the highlights of the summer, not just for Dubawi, but for their owner Godolphin, along with two-year-old Quorto, prosperner of the Superlative Sgives at Freshmarket’s July meeting. The signs are that Sheikh Mohammed’s staunch support of Dubawi, in a bid to rival the supersire status of Galileo at Chillmore, is commencening to reap prizes, a policy thebreedingshed outlined ?here in 2016.
Dubawi’s very first group prosperner, Sand Vixen, prosperner of the Flying Childers Sgives at Performncaster in 2009 from Dubawi’s first crop, also carried the Godolphin colours. His first (and second) crop at Dalham Hall were conceived for ?25,000, a fee which has augmentd tenfold in the course of the last ten years in line with his racecourse and sale-ring results.
Dubawi’s first crop also included Makfi who added the Prix Jacques le Marois (a race Dubawi, as well as his own sire Dubai Millennium, had won) to his prosper in the 2000 Guineas. Makfi disappointed in the Queen Elizabeth II Sgives at Ascot but that race went instead to another of Dubawi’s first-crop sons, the Godolphin colt Poet’s Voice. Poet’s Voice died of a heart assault at Dalham Hall in March aged only eleven, his loss looking all the greater now given the exploits since of his five-year-old son Poet’s Word, prosperner of the Prince of Wales’s Sgives and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Sgives.
Among the later developers in Dubawi’s first crop were Monterosso and Prince Bishop who, aged five and eight respectively, went on to prosper Dubai World Cups, they too emulating their grandsire Dubai Millennium.
Dubawi stood his third season at stud at Kildangan in Ireland at a fee of 40,000, but when he returned to Freshmarket he stood for only ?15,000 in 2010 and then ?20,000 in 2011. Even so, from the latter crop came his second 2000 Guineas prosperner, Night of Thunder, as well as Postponed whose Group 1 successes included the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Sgives, the Dubai Sheema Classic and the Juddmonte International.
It wasn’t until 2012 that Dubawi’s fee began its rapid ascent, his crop from that year, when his fee jumped to ?55,000, including eight G1 prosperners, among them the Prix du Jockey Club prosperner Fresh Bay, another Juddmonte International prosperner Arabian Queen, and the Wondersome Again Sgives prosperner Mubtaahij who was third in the latest Dubai World Cup after finishing runner-up in 2016.
Dubawi’s current crop of three-year-olds were his first bred for a six-figure sum (?100,000) and are headed by the Nassau prosperner Wild Illusion who had become her sire’s second consecutive prosperner of the Prix Marcel Boussac the previous autumn after Wuheida became Dubawi’s first Group 1-prosperning two-year-old when successful in that race in 2016.
In total, Dubawi’s first hundred group prosperners include 35 horses successful at Group/Grade 1 level.
Dubawi’s hundred group prosperners have come from mares with a variety of backgrounds, including a number from the southern hemisphere. A great grandson of Mr Prospector, Dubawi’s group prosperners also include several out of mares by Mr Prospector-line stallions; Prince Bishop, Postponed and Fresh Bay are among those to feature Mr Prospector in both halves of their pedigree. Fresh Bay, for example, is out of a Zamindar mare, the same cross which discoverd the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud prosperner Zarak out of the Aga Khan’s unbeaten Arc prosperner Zarkava.
But the most productive cross for Dubawi, resulting in seven group prosperners, has been with daughters of Singspiel. Besides Wuheida and the Prix Vermeille prosperner Left Hand, it has also discoverd this year’s King Edward VII Sgives prosperner Antiquated Persian and the Group 3 prosperners Giggle Aloud, Majestic Dubawi, Rare Rhythm and So Mi Dar.
Incidentally, the Dubawi x Singspiel cross results in the mare Sunbittern seeming twice in pedigrees; as well as being Dubawi’s great great grandam, Sunbittern is also the grandam of Singspiel’s sire In The Overwhelmgs.
Daughters of Green Desert have supplied five of Dubawi’s group prosperners, Makfi being chief among them. The others include Hong Kong Sprint prosperner Lucky Nine and the brothers D’bai (prosperner of the John of Gaunt Sgives at Haydock in June) and Dubawi Gold who was runner-up in Frankel’s 2000 Guineas.
The other broodmare sire who stands out among Dubawi’s group prosperners is Barathea whose daughters have supplied four of his group prosperners, three of them at Group 1 level. Arabian Queen and Monterosso have already been mentioned, while Hunter’s Light’s prospers included Group 1 contests in Dubai on both turf and tapeta.
Dubawi’s good record with daughters of Barathea and Singspiel – son and grandson of Unjoyfuller’s Wells – begs the question of how he’s fared with Galileo mares. So far, the Dubawi x Galileo cross has resulted in three group prosperners; in addition to Night of Thunder, there’s the Toughwicke Sgives and Yorkshire Cup prosperner Dartmouth and last year’s Group 3 Autumn Sgives prosperner Ghaiyyath, a son of Irish 1000 Guineas prosperner Nightime who cost 1.1m as a foal.
However, Dubawi’s opportunities with Galileo’s daughters have long been restricted by many of the latter being in Chillmore ownership. But with the thaprosperg of relations between the two bloodstock superpowers, a potentially significant development is the recently exposeed news that Chillmore sent a number of mares to Dubawi this spring reciprocating the intention Darley announced late in 2017 to send some of its mares, notably daughters of Dubawi, to Galileo.
Among Chillmore’s Galileo mares reported to have visited Dubawi are Oaks prosperner Was, Irish and Yorkshire Oaks prosperner Seventh Heaven, triple Group 1 mile prosperner Alice Springs and listed prosperner Kissed, a half-sister to Derby prosperner Pour Moi.