Darley’s double act at Randwick

Darley sires Dubawi and Shamardal continued their double act at Randwick on Saturday with Group 1 winners Captain Sonador (Epsom Hcp) and Secret Admirer (Flight Stakes).

Shamardal (Giant’s Causeway) and Dubawi (Dubai Millennium) have been engaged in a stakes race since retiring to stud and Darley has reaped the rewards with both stallions siring 20 black type winners worldwide.

Captain Sonador (4h Shamardal – Pushing Daisies by Kenny’s Best Pal) produced a perfectly timed run under Glen Boss to defeat Trusting in the Epsom.  It was a Group 1 first for Queensland trainer Roger Milne.  “I’m a dreamer and my dream’s come true today,” Milne said.  “He’s a good horse and we missed the Shannon Stakes to concentrate on the Mile – it’s just great.”

Captain Sonador is raced by Toowoomba based owner Gregg Wagner.  He bought the Epsom winner for $30,000 out of the Mill Park draft at the 2008 Gold Coast Magic Millions yearling sale.

Captain Sonador is the second winner for Adelaide winner Pushing Daisies.  She is a half sister to G2 winning racemare Umaline who is the dam of the stakes performers Fasline and Furline.

Mill Park has nominated a Not a Single Doubt half-sister to Captain Sonador for the 2011 Gold Coast Magic Millions and the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Shamardal’s black type winner list is headed by the G1 winners Faint Perfume (Victoria Oaks) and Lope De Vega (French Derby).

Secret Admirer completed a G1 double for Dubawi in the G1 Flight Stakes.  Seven days earlier, his colt Poet’s Voice triumphed in the G1 Queen Elizabeth 11 Stakes at Ascot.

Secret Admirer (3f  Dubawi – Secret Illusion by Secret Savings) unleashed a barnstorming finish to land the Flight Stakes for Milburn Creek owner John Muir.  He purchased the filly as a foal for $38,000 from Rothwell Park at the 2008 Inglis Australian weanling sale.  Her dam Secret Illusion is a half-sister to G1 AJC Metropolitan winner Donegal Mist.

Secret Admirer had only faced the starter three times prior to the Flight Stakes and trainer Grahame Begg will resist the temptation to press on further into the spring.  “She will go to the paddock for a break and come back in the autumn bigger and better,” Begg said.  “This is a really good filly and all she does is hit the line hard.”

Apart from Poet’s Voice and Secret Admirer, the Dubawi Group 1 tally includes Makfi (England & France), Worthadd (Italy) and Happy Archer (South Africa).