Dubawi colt wins Italian Derby

Darley stallion Dubawi sired his second classic winner within a week when Worthadd won the G2 Italian Derby on Saturday.

Worthadd (3c Dubawi – Wigman by Rahy) was always prominent in the 127th running of the Derby Italiano at Rome’s Capannelle course.  Jockey Mirco Demuro nursed the Milan-based colt in front and they held on to score narrowly from longshots Ansiei (Highest Honor) and Saratoga Black (Pyrus).

The Sheikh Hamdan bred Dubawi colt Makfi had won the G1 English 2000 Guineas at Newmarket last Saturday.  

Worthadd won his maiden at Milan second time out in March and returned to the San Siro circuit for a Listed success in the Premio Gardone on April 5.  He started second favourite in the Italian Derby after a last-start victory in the G3 Premio Parioli (Italian 2000 Guineas) on April 18.  

Worthadd is the first foal to race for Wigman who won three races up to 2200m in Italy.  She is a half-sister to the dam of G1 German Derby winner Dai Jin (Peintre Celebre).

Dubawi (Dubai Millenium) was far and away Europe’s most successful freshman sire in the winners category last year (34) and his first-crop have gone right on with the job in Europe this term.  He is also off to a promising start in the southern hemisphere with juvenile stakes winners Golden Millennium (Listed AJC Keith Mackay Quality) and Cellarmaster (G3 NZ Eclipse Stakes).

Dubawi was a G1 winner of the Irish National Stakes at two and the following year added G1 victories in the Irish 2000 Guineas and Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville.  He stands under the Darley banner at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket but will not shuttle to Australian this year.