Group 1 Memorial for Dubawi

Former Darley shuttler Dubawi sired his first Group 1 winner in North America on Monday.  

British bred filly Dubawi Heights arrived in California as a maiden but has won four in a row culminating with the Gamely Stakes at Hollywood Park on the Memorial Day long weekend.

Dubawi Heights (4f Dubawi – Rosie’s Posy by Suave Dancer) collared 2008 Brazilian Horse of the Year Celtic Princess in the closing stakes to score by a head.

The winner is part-owned by Neville Callaghan, Clodagh McStay, M.V. Magnier, and Annabel Wyatt.  “Celtic Princess got an easy lead but I had a lot of confidence my filly,” winning jockey Joel Rosario said.  “She’s improving from race to race.  The more she races, the better she gets.’’

Rookie trainer Simon Callaghan indicated Dubawi Heights will be pointed to the G1 Beverly D. Stakes (1900m) at Arlington Park on August 13.

Dubawi Heights had been G2 placed in the Lowther Stakes at York in August 2009 before transferring Stateside.  She won a Hollywood Park maiden in November and the G3 Wilshire Handicap in the lead-up to the Gamely Stakes.

Dubawi Heights was bred at Aston Mullins Stud in Great Britain.  She made 62,000gns as a foal at Tattersalls in December 2007 and 72,000gns as a yearling at Tattersalls in October 2008.

At the conclusion of her two year-old season, she changed hands again for 75,000gns at Tattersalls in December 2009.  

Dubawi Heights is from a winning half-sister to G1 Haydock Sprint Cup winner Tante Rose (Barathea) and LR Sweet Solera Stakes winner Bay Tree (Daylami).

Bay Tree is the dam of Mezmaar who became the second winner for Darley stallion Teofilo at Haydock last Friday.

Dubawi has sired 28 stakes winners worldwide and his only other black-type winner in North America has been Santa Anita Listed winner Surrey Star (La Puente Stakes).

There have been four stakes winner to date from his first southern crop – Zubbaya (LR Moonee Valley), Secret Admirer (G1 Randwick), Golden Millennium (LR Randwick) and Cellermaster (G3 Ellerslie).