Dubawi Aims At Breeders’ Cup Success

Breeders' Cup Day 1 starts at 17h55 on Friday

Outstanding sire Dubawi has long featured as among the top sires in the world. The son of Dubai Millennium has reached new levels of success in 2022, however, not only having already been responsible for more than 40 black type winners this year, but also on track to claim his first British/Irish sires title in 2022.

Dubawi’s 40 plus stakes winners this year include no fewer than 7 Gr1 winners.

Dubawi (Dubai Millennium - Zomaradah)

Dubawi (Dubai Millennium – Zomaradah)

In comparison, South Africa’s most successful sire of black type winners last season, Vercingetorix, had 14 individual stakes winners during the 2021-2022 racing season.

North America’s Leading Sire of Stakes winners in 2022 thus far is Into Mischief – whose tally of 23 black type winners for the year, at the time of writing, lags someway off Dubawi’s total.

Dubawi’s success is all the more notable given the fact in 2022 he has been responsible for Gr1 winners over distances ranging from six furlongs (Naval Crown Platinum Jubilee Stakes) to one mile six and a half furlongs (Eldar Eldarov Cazoo St Leger Stakes).

His other Gr1 winners this year include Rebel’s Romance (Grosser Preis von Berlin, Preis von Europa), In Italian (First Lady Stakes, Diana Stakes), Modern Games (French 2000 Guineas, Ricoh Woodbine Mile) and the ill-fated Coroebus. The latter became Dubawi’s third 2000 Guineas when he won the 2022 G1 Qipco 2000 Guineas before going on to win the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes.

An increasingly successful broodmare sire (in South Africa alone, he is damsire of the smart filly Time Fo Orchids among others), Dubawi has also enjoyed notable success as a sire of sires this year, thanks largely to his sons Night Of Thunder and New Bay.

Night Of Thunder, currently his sire’s most accomplished stallion son to date, is the sire of this year’s outstanding sprinter Highfield Princess, winner of the Gr1 Arc Prix Maurice de Gheest, Gr1 Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe Stakes and Gr1 Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai Flying Five in her last three starts. Highfield Princess is one of more than 10 stakes winners for her sire, who is also responsible for 2022 group winners Isaac Shelby and Rumbles Of Thunder.

From the same family as top sires Oasis Dream and Kingman, the Dubawi sired French Derby winner New Bay was the toast of Ascot recently when his sons Bayside Boy and Bay Bridge captured the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and Gr1 Qipco Champion Stakes respectively on the same card.

Dubawi, whose dual Gr1 winning granddaughter Saffron Beach is a likely contender for the Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf,  will also be well represented in the Gr1 Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf.

Dubawi, who made headlines at the 2021 Breeders’ Cup meeting at Del Mar when supplying a trio of winners, looks to be headed for potentially more success at this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup meeting.

The sire of 2021 Breeders’ Cup winners Space Blues (Mile), Yibir (Turf) and Modern Games (Juvenile Turf), fields several strong chances for this year’s world championships. His son Modern Games will be looking for a second Breeders Cup win as he lines up in the Gr1 FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile Presented by PDJF this weekend, Dubawi’s dual Gr1 winning daughter In Italian (who hails from the same female line as South African sires Pathfork and Talk Of The Town) heads for the Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, his Gr1 winning sons Creative Force and Naval Crown both head for the Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (as does his brilliant granddaughter Highfield Princess), while Dubawi’s two-year-old daughter Never Ending Story is likely to bid for the Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Dubawi, whose dual Gr1 winning granddaughter Saffron Beach is a likely contender for the Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf,  will also be well represented in the Gr1 Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf. Not only does Dubawi’s son Rebel’s Romance, a dual Gr1 winner in Germany this year, look likely to start in the Turf, Dubawi’s great grandson Mishriff is another likely Turf contender.

Dubawi has two Gr1 winning sons at stud in South Africa in the form of SA Nursery winner Willow Magic and Gr1 Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris/Gr1 Pattison Canadian International victor Erupt.

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