Darley stallions grab Group double in Germany

Darley sires Dubawi and Shamardal dominated Group racing in Germany on Sunday.

Fox Hunt (4g Dubawi – Kiltubber by Sadler´s Wells) recorded a hard-fought victory in the G3 German St Leger (2800m).  He became the third British-trained horse to win a German Classic this term after Excelebration (2000 Guineas) and Dancing Rain (Oaks).

The Mark Johnston trained gelding had won the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.  He was a 47,000gns buy for Sheikh Hamdan at the Tattersalls 2YO Sale in April 2009.

“He is a very game and tough horse and never knows when he is beaten,” Johnston’s wife Deirdre said.  “I was confident that the others were never going to get him as he always finds more.”

Dubawi got him from Listed Milan winner Kiltubber.  Second dam Priory Belle (Priolo)m was a G1 winner of the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh.

Local colt Sommerabend ran out a convincing winner of the G2 Grosse Europa-Meile in Munich on Sunday.

Sommerabend (4c Shamardal – Sommernacht by Monsun) was driven out to a three-quarter length victory by jockey Gerard Mosse who said the colt was a proper Group horse.

Sommerabend had won a Listed event at Nantes in July and he is a half-brother to German G3 winner Sommertag (Tiger Hill).