Hat Trick colt headlines Prix Morny

Former Australian shuttler Hat Trick sired his first Group 1 winner at Deauville on Sunday.  

Dabirsim (2c Hat Trick – Rumored by Royal Academy) kept his unbeaten record intact with a three length victory in the Prix Morny.  Winning jockey Frankie Dettori advised connections to set him for the G1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket in October.

Dettori settled Dabirsim midfield before launching a challenge at the 400m mark.  He cruised past the front-runners and drew away to stretch his winning run to four.  “He’s a very, very good horse with a lot of speed,” Dettori claimed after dismounting.  “I told them to go for the Middle Park.”

Longer term, Dabirsim is now a 14/1 third favourite for the 2012 English 2000 Guineas.

Dabirsim is trained by Christophe Ferland for German based owner Simon Springer and he cost 30,000 euros out of the 2010 Arqana yearling sale.

He is a half-brother to USA stakes performer Preferred Yield (High Yield).  Second dam Bright Generation (Rainbow Quest) was a G1 winner of the 1993 Oaks d’Italia.

Dabirsim bolted in by 10 lengths on debut in the Prix Baroud d’Honneur at La Teste de Buch in June and doubled up in the Prix Helleniqua a month later.

Ferland travelled from his home base south of Bordeaux to Deauville and the Hat Trick colt completed a hat-trick with a strong finish in the G3 Prix de Cabourg on July 31.

“He’s an exceptional horse and a very calm individual,” Ferland said on Sunday.  “The Middle Park will suit as he has plenty of speed.”

Hat Trick was largely ignored by Australia breeders when he shuttled to Australia for a one-off season in 2008.  He is a son of super sire Sunday Silence and was a G1 winning miler in Japan and Hong Kong before retiring to Walmac Farm in Kentucky.

He attracted just 36 mares when brought out here by Independent Stallions studmaster Mike Becker.  Three of his fillies sold for $40,000 plus earlier this year including Inglis Classic Sale graduates purchased by Mike Moroney and Frank Ritchie.

Hat Trick stands for $6,000 fee at Walmac.  He shuttled to South America after that solo stint in Australia.