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Dubawi – More Meydan Magic

More success in Dubai on Thursday

The outstanding Dubawi has a superb record all around the world. His progeny have won Gr1 races in all of North America, Britain, France, South Africa, Australia, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Germany, and Canada.

Dubawi (Dubai Millennium - Zomaradah)

Dubawi (Dubai Millennium – Zomaradah)

Sarah Whitelaw writes that to date, his progeny – which are headed by 41 individual Gr1 winners – have earned in excess of $207 million, a total which stands scrutiny with the world’s leading sires. By comparison, Pivotal, who retired to stud nine years before Dubawi, has been responsible for the earners of in excess of $134 million, Oasis Dream runners have banked over $92 000 000, and Invincible Spirit runners have earned well over $113 000 000.

Dubawi, however, has a truly remarkable strike rate in Dubai, and his success continued at Meydan last Thursday evening.

He featured in the pedigrees of four of the six winners at Meydan on Thursday night.

His four-year-old son Dubai Future won Thursday’s first race, while Dubawi sons Glorious Journey (pictured below) and George Villiers won the Gr2 Al Fahdi Fort and Jebel Ali Port Handicap respectively on the night.

Glorious Journey, a group or graded stakes winner at two, three, four and five, is out of Gr1 Coronation Stakes winner Fallen For You – whose sire Dansili has already enjoyed success with Dubawi. The Dubawi/Dansili cross has produced three group winners thus far including Gr1 Pretty Polly Stakes winner Nezwaah and four time group winning sire Time Test.

Dubawi’s 2000 Guineas winning son Night Of Thunder, one of the world’s most exciting young stallions, also came to the fore on Thursday when his first crop daughter Dubai Love captured the Listed UAE 1000 Guineas.

In winning the 2020 UAE 1000 Guineas, Dubai Love became the eighth stakes winner to have emerged from Night Of Thunder’s first crop, which also includes a further five black type performers. Night Of Thunder’s first crop stakes winners include the group winners Under The Stars, Pocket Square and Night Colours.

Night Of Thunder added to his tally when his two-year-old daughter A Beautiful Night captured Saturday’s Gr3 Neds Blue Diamond Preview over the weekend.

His sire Dubawi has already enjoyed notable success in Dubai this season, with Glorious Journey and impressive Gr2 Singspiel Stakes winner Benbatl – who was repeating having won the Singspiel Stakes in 2018 – having both scored notable Dubai graded triumphs this year.

Benbatl has an excellent record in Dubai, with the Dubai Turf winner having also won the 2018 Gr2 Al Rashidiya and finished second in the 2018 Gr1 Jebel Hatta.

A son of outstanding Dubai World Cup winner Dubai Millennium, Dubawi has a formidable record in Dubai’s major feature races.

Dubawi’s sons Monterosso and Prince Bishop won the Gr1 Dubai World Cup in 2012 and 2015 respectively, rand they are by no means their sire’s only major winners on World Cup night. His sons Postponed and Old Persian won the Gr1 Dubai Sheema Classic in 2016 and 2019, and the aforementioned Benbatl triumphed in the 2018 Gr1 Dubai Turf.


The sire’s subsequent Gr1 Awesome Again Stakes winning son Mubtaahij scored a memorable, eight length victory for trainer Mike de Kock when he won the Gr2 UAE Derby back in 2015.

Dubawi, whose sire won the Maktoum Challenge Round 3 in 2000 has enjoyed particular success in the third round of the Maktoum Challenge (a Gr1 contest since 2012).

The triple Gr1 winner is currently the sire of three Maktoum Challenge Round  winners in the form of Hunter’s Light, subsequent World Cup winner Prince Bishop and North America respectively. Dubawi has also supplied three winners of the Gr2 Dubai City Of Gold, with sons Monterosso, Postponed and Old Persian (all subsequent Gr1 winners) landing the race in 2011, 2016 and 2019 respectively.

Dubawi’s son Safety Check added to his sire’s Dubai legacy when he won both the Gr2 Zabeel Mile and Gr2 Al Fahidi Fort in both 2015 and 2016, while Dubawi son D’bai provided his sire with yet more graded success in Dubai when he downed Mythical Magic by a length and three quarters to win the 2019 Al Fahidi Fort. Dubawi sons have thus won the Al Fahidi Fort three times since 2015.

Fittingly enough, the Dubai Millennium Stakes – run over 2000m at Meydan – was won by Dubawi’s Gr1 winning sons Hunter’s Light and Zarak in 2015 and 2017 respectively, while Dubawi sons North America and Muntazah captured Dubai’s Gr3 Firebreak Stakes in 2017 and 2019 respectively.

The sire’s versatility has also been highlighted in no uncertain terms in Dubai, with Dubawi responsible for Gr1 winners on all-weather, dirt and turf in Dubai.

Dubawi’s broodmare daughters have also enjoyed top level success in Dubai, with Dubawi mare Patroness responsible for 2018 Gr1 Jebel Hatta winner Blair House (Pivotal), and Dubawi’s Gr2 winning daughter Sand Vixen the dam of 2019 Gr1 Jebel Hatta winner Dream Castle (Frankel). The latter also triumphed in the 2019 Gr2 Al Rashidiya and 2019 Gr3 Singspiel Stakes.

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2 comments on “Dubawi – More Meydan Magic

  1. Basil says:

    Sarah thanks for an interesting and informative article about Dubawi. Apart from Dansili he appears to have affinities with Green Desert and Singspiel who have different pedigrees which ,prima facie, created these affinities. Firstly Green Desert like Dansili’s grandsire are both by Danzig who surely has some influence in this affinity. Singspiel’s affinity evidently comes from his sire’s 3rd dam , Sunbittern , who is also the 4th dam of Dubawi. Sunbittern , by the great Sea Hawk , was temperamental and was reluctant to race. Amazing how it works as the text books say it is a mating to avoid because of temperamental issues.
    Anyway we have a mare by Oasis Dream (by Green Desert) out of the family of Dansili. Guess where she’s going this year?

  2. Basil says:

    The pedigree of multiple Gr1 winner (just retired to stud) Omaha Beach is very interesting as his sire War Front is also by Danzig. Although inbred to Mr Prospector 3x5x6 the relevant connection to Dubawi is Seeking the Gold who is also the dam sire of Omaha Beach. Perhaps the affinity is spurred on by Buckpasser who also appears in the dam of Danzig’s son Danehill.

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