Flying Dubawi has a stellar book to match
Dubawi strutting his stuff at this year's Darley stallion parade
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Flying Dubawi has a stellar book to match
By Martin Stevens 1:25PM 5 SEP 2016
DUBAWI enjoyed a good spell on the international stage this weekend and mare returns recently published by Weatherbys show the quality in the Darley flagbearer's book this year reached new heights.
The son of Dubai Millennium was represented by Mubtaahij, who went down by just a head when second in the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga on Saturday, and Move Up, who became the stallion's 71st Pattern winner with a smooth victory in the Group 2 Bosphorus Cup in Turkey yesterday.
Dubawi enjoyed a stellar year in 2015 with seven individual Group 1 winners putting him in pole position in the European sires' title, only to be overtaken by perennial champion Galileo in the autumn.
He was rewarded with a £100,000 increase in his fee to £225,000 in 2016 and naturally attracted a top-class book of 159 mares. Of those, 120 (75 per cent) were black-type performers, 95 (60 per cent) were black-type winners and 68 (43 per cent) were Group winners.
Dubawi has covered elite racemares and producers for some years now, but a leap in the number of Group winners covered from 56 in 2015 to 68 this year gives an indication of confidence behind him being redoubled.
At least 33 of Dubawi's concubines this year scored at the top level, with a selection printed in the accompanying table. Standouts include Dar Re Mi, Moonlight Cloud, Taghrooda, The Fugue and Treve.
Also listed are 20 dams of Group/Grade 1 winners in the 2016 book, including those who produced Classic scorers Beauty Parlour, Jack Hobbs, Legatissimo, Kingman and Makfi.
Notable mares covered by Dubawi this year who do not fit into either category but who warrant mention are led by Hanky Panky, a Group 3-placed half-sister to Giant's Causeway and ace broodmare You'resothrilling who was the most expensive horse sold at auction in 2015 when bought by John Ferguson for Godolphin at 2,700,000gns.
Others include 1,000 Guineas first-past-the-post Jacqueline Quest; Frankel's only female sibling, dual Listed winner Joyeuse; and Oaks runner-up Shirocco Star.
Maka is an interesting addition to the book; the Listed-placed daughter of Slickly received a significant upgrade in mating having produced stakes winners Make It Reel and Tourny to Country Reel when he stood at just €4,500.
Dubawi was in third position behind Galileo and Sea The Stars in this year's European sires' table by progeny earnings before the weekend with Postponed and Time Test his leading lights.
DUBAWI COVERING STATISTICS
Year, no. covered, No. winners, No. black-type winners, N.o Group winners
2016 159 136 95 68
2015 160 142 92 56
Super stallion's select book for 2016
Group/Grade 1 winners covered
Dar Re Mi
Fallen For You
Just The Judge
Lyric Of Light
Voleuse De Coeurs
Dams of Group/Grade 1 winners covered
Abhisheka (dam of Aesop's Fables)
Al Anood (Pride Of Dubai)
Annabelle's Charm (Charming Thought)
Bastet (Beauty Parlour)
Ever Rigg (Postponed)
High Maintenance (Solow)
Irresistible Jewel (Royal Diamond)
L'Enjoleuse (Charm Spirit)
Opera Comique (Debussy)
Royal Secrets (Sheikhzayedroad)
Swain's Gold (Jack Hobbs)
Time Control (Cursory Glance)
Yummy Mummy (Legatissimo)