Dubawi gelding the real deal in Hong Kong

Darley stallion Dubawi has sired Group 1 winners in England and Australia in the last week and there’s another looming in Hong Kong next month.

Lucky Nine (3g  Dubawi – Birjand by Green Desert) demolished a slick field of sprinter-milers in the G3 National Day Cup on Friday and trainer Caspar Fownes is considering a start in the G1 Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin’s International meeting in December.

“I thought he would be too good considering he was getting weight off the Group 1 horses but he murdered the big boys like Able One and Good Ba Ba,” Fownes claimed on Friday.  “He only turns four after Christmas and I originally thought the international races would come up too soon.  But he’s the real deal and if it looks like the right choice, well, you never know.”

Lucky Nine was bred in Ireland and was a Naas winner when campaigned as Luck or Design.  He was bred by Darley and was a 9,000 euros buy out of the 2008 Tattersalls Ireland yearling sale.  His second dam Belle Genius was a G1 winner of the 1994 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh.  She was raced by Sheikh Mohammed and was also fourth home in that year’s G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile won by champion filly Flanders.

Dubawi is arguably s the world’s leading second-season stallion.  He sired Poet’s Voice to a G1 triumph in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot last weekend and added another at the elite level when Secret Admirer was successful in the AJC Flight Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.

The Dubawi yearlings are just as popular at the sales.  Sheikh Mohammed topped the Goffs Orby auction last week when he purchased a Dubawi filly for 950,000 euros (AUD $1.33 million).

Leading European bloodstock agent Con Marnane express the industry’s prevailing view after he bought a Dubawi colt at the Tattersalls Ireland September Sale last month.  “He is an unbelievable stallion,” Marnane claimed.  “Dubawi is as good as we’ve seen in a long time.  All they want to do is give their all for you and they’ve got great temperaments, too.”