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Dubawi Keeping the Beat

Tragically, the brilliant Dubai Millennium died after serving just one season at stud. He was represented by just 56 registered foals, of which 35 started, and five were stakes winners. The best of his three group winners was the colt Dubawi, winner of the National Stakes (gr. I), Irish 2,000 Guineas (gr. I) and Prix Jacques Le Marois (gr. I), and placed third in the Epsom Derby (gr. I).
Dubawi made a very good start with his first crop two-year-olds last year, his representatives including the Flying Childers Stakes (gr. II) victress Sand Vixen, and Poet’s Voice, who took the Champagne Stakes (gr. II). It appears as if he’s at least maintaining the tempo this year, as the last week has seen two of his sons advance their classic claims.
The first was Worthadd, who on Sunday, took the Premio Gardone, a prep for the Italian 2,000 Guineas. Worthadd’s dam, Wigman, is by Rahy, out of Urjwan, a daughter of Seattle Slew and the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) victress, White Star Line (by Northern Dancer, from the Fast Line/Throttle Wide family). Wigman already has some classic production close up in the family, as her half-sister, Dalwah is dam of German Derby (gr. I) winner Dai Jin.
On Thursday, Makfi, making only his second start, took the seven furlong Prix Djebel (gr. III) by three lengths. He’s also from a top-class family. His dam is a Green Desert half-sister to Dewhurst Stakes (gr. I) winner Alhaarth, and to the dam of group winner and Epsom Dery third Aqaleem. She is out of Irish Valley (by Irish River out of the great tap-root mare, Green Valley), a half-sister to several stakes winners, including French 2,000 Guineas (gr. I) winner, and successful sire, Green Dancer. Mafki is the second group winner for Dubawi out of a mare by a son of Danzig. Green Desert is a particularly interesting source, as he is a Danzig/Sir Ivor cross, as is Shareef Dancer, the broodmare sire of Dubai Millennium. The pedigree also has the ever more frequently seen combination of the genetic relatives Mill Reef and Riverman.
As a footnote, we can also observe that Mill Reef and Riverman come together in the pedigree of Joanne, who took a strong-looking renewal of the Prix Imprudence (gr. III), a Guineas trial for three-year-old fillies, on the same card as the Prix Djebel. Joanne is by the Sadler’s Wells horse, High Chaparral. He made something of a sticky start with his first crop, but came back with all guns blazing in 2009, and now with the colt Noll Wallop and Joanne, already has two classic trial winners from this third crop.
Joanna (TrueNicks rated A++) is out of Secrete Marina, a daughter of Mujadil (by Storm Bird out of a Secretariat mare, the same cross as Storm Cat), and her granddam is by Riiverman. This mans that her sire dam are both Northern Dancer/Never Bend crosses, with the Never Bend through the genetic relatives Mill Reef/Riverman. Of course this also gives a double of Never Bend combined with Sadler’s Wells (dam by a half-brother to Never Bend).

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 Dubawi got off to a good start,

and from that same crop Squall will

have his first race Thursday at Newmarket in the Wood Dittion Stakes.It is for unraced 3 year olds so we will see if he can show any promise.

 The Sadler,s Wells cross is prominent here and as his long distinguished career as a sire is

winding down his promising 2 year old winner from last year Bullet Train will make his first start at

3 in the 3.15 at Newbury on Friday.

Hopefully he can win something of importance this year to put icing on the cake for his sire.

John T 13 Apr 2010 1:17 PM

Squall,the 3 year old son of Dubawi showed promise in running third in the Wood Ditton Stakes at

Newmarket and should go on to win races.Also on Thursday afternoon another son of Dubawi,Monterosso

won his third race in a row at the

Northern English track Ripon.It was

his first race on turf and it will be interesting to see what his connections are going to do with him now.

 The Sadler,s Wells colt Bullet Train had his first race as a 3 year old at Newbury on Friday and finshed second.He had the lead with 100 yards to go but as this was his first start of the season and only

his second lifetime he deserves another chance.

John T 16 Apr 2010 5:47 PM

Bullet Train was very impressive today making every yard of the running in the Lingfield Derby Trial. What a great tribute it would be for his sire Sadler's Wells if he can go on and win the Epsom Derby.

John T 08 May 2010 10:32 PM

Dubawi's daughter,Anna Salai,just missed winning the Irish 1,000 Guineas today.

K. Robb 23 May 2010 7:23 PM

Monterosso,the son of Dubawi won the Johns Practice Handicap at Newmarket on May 30th carrying topweight.A shade below classic material,he still could go on to win a very important handicap in the English calendar this year.

John T 30 May 2010 8:46 PM

Bullet Train ran last in the Epsom Derby, but I am just so happy that one of Sadler's Wells son's were able to represent him in this race in what was his final crop of 3 year olds. The winner of the race, Workforce, his dam,Soviet Moon is by Sadler's Wells and he certainly looks to have a bright future. So it's safe to say another great son of Northern Dancer has done his part.

John T 05 Jun 2010 9:23 PM

 Hat,s off to Monterosso who has

progressed leaps and bounds to win

a group two race at Royal Ascot,the

King Edward V11 Stakes.This victory

will surely put an end to his hanicapping days and we can only look forward to how much this son of Dubwai will improve before the end of the season.

John T 18 Jun 2010 10:51 PM

Monterosso finished fourth in the group one Irish Derby.It is interesting to note that he went off as the favourite ahead of all the O'Brien entries, suggesting he is well thought of. My own opinion is the race came too early for him after the King Edward at Royal Ascot. In anycase it's a fairytale story to improve from handicapping company to win a group two and finish fourth in a group one. He is an improving sort and I don't think we have heard the last of this horse.

John T 27 Jun 2010 7:45 PM

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