Dubawi – First Epsom Classic

The legacy grows

When Ezeliya won Friday’s Gr1 Betfred Oaks to take her tally of wins to three from just four starts, she provided her outstanding sire Dubawi with his first Epsom classic win.

Ezeliya, who is bred on the same Dubawi/Teofilo cross as ill-fated Gr1 Qipco 2000 Guineas winner Coroebus, is the 59th Gr1 winner for Dubawi.

Dubawi is also sire of Betfred Oaks runner up Dance Sequence, winner of last year’s Gr3 Godolphin Lifetime Care Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket.

Ezeliya, who hails from the same female line as South African broodmares Estimation and Ebaraya, is bred on similar lines to Dubawi’s champion son Too Darn Hot. Both Ezeliya and Too Darn Hot are descended in female line from Albanilla, a sister to French and Irish classic winner Corejada.

The 2024 Oaks winner, whose dam Eziyra won the Gr2 Blandford Stakes and ran third in the 2017 Irish Oaks, joins an impressive list of English classic winners sired by Dubawi.

Dubawi (Dubai Millennium - Zomaradah)

Dubawi (Dubai Millennium – Zomaradah)

The latter is also sire of 2024 Gr1 Qipco 2000 Guineas winner Notable Speech, one of four sons of Dubawi to win the 2000 Guineas. Other 2000 Guineas winners sired by Dubawi are Makfi, Night Of Thunder and the aforementioned Coroebus.

Dubawi also is the sire of Eldar Eldarov, who not only won the 2022 Gr1 Cazoo St Leger but also claimed the Irish equivalent the following year.

Dubawi has had an exceptional season in 2024, with his sire sons also doing much to keep their great sire in the news.

His globetrotting sons Rebel’s Romance and Master Of The Seas have won a trio of Gr1 races between them in 2024, with Rebel’s Romance having won Gr1 contests in no fewer than four different countries.

William Buick drives Rebel’s Romance clear

Gr1 winner in four countries – Rebel’s Romance clear (Pic – HKJC)

However, the triple Gr1 winner has had a few setbacks this year as well, with his son Hidden Law suffering a fatal injury after winning the Gr3 Boodles Chester Vase Stakes and another son Arabian Crown being withdrawn from the Betfred Derby after suffering a setback.

His stallion sons are also enjoying a wonderful time of this year.

Dubawi’s blue blooded Zarak came up with a French classic earlier in the year when his son Metropolitan won the Gr1 Emirates Poule d’Essai des Poulains (French 2000 Guineas). Metropolitan is one of 20 stakes winners for his sire, with Zarak also sire of 2024 Gr1 Prix Ganay/Gr3 Prix Exbury victor Haya Zark.

Dual Gr1 winner Night Of Thunder is another son of Dubawi to enjoy notable success this year, with his current flagbearers including six length Gr2 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes winner Economics, and group winning two-year-old Fairy Godmother.

Night Of Thunder, whose multiple Gr1 winning daughter Highfield Princess sadly died this year, has already been represented by nearly 50 stakes winners with this tally looking sure to rise considerably.

Dubawi’s triple Gr1 winning son Too Darn Hot, whose relatives include not only Ezeliya but also hugely influential sire Darshaan, has made a sensational start and has already been responsible for Gr1 winners in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

Not only did Too Darn Hot’s Gr1 Moyglare Stud Stakes winning daughter Fallen Angel win the recent Gr1 Tattersalls Irish 1000  Guineas, but his Gr1 Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes winning two-year-old son Broadsiding captured Saturday’s Gr2 Aquis Stallions Sires’ Produce Stakes.

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