Raven’s Pass added a well-deserved first G1 winner to his record on Arc day, when his progressive two-year-old son Royal Marine came with a perfectly timed run to win the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.
The Saeed bin Suroor-trained colt earned himself a significant step up in class when making all to break his maiden at Doncaster late last month and should be an exciting prospect for next year.
Royal Marine also ensured Singspiel’s legacy as a broodmare sire continues, as his dam is Inner Secret, who has also produced Black Type performers Crystal River (Dubawi) and Secret Ambition (Exceed And Excel).
His win capped off a good week for Raven’s Pass, whose daughter Nisreen landed the Listed Prix Dahlia at Saint-Cloud on Friday.
No week would be complete without at least one Stakes winner for Dubawi, and this week was no exception as the leading sire saw three of his offspring succeed at Black Type level.
They were headed up by the brilliant Wild Illusion (pictured), who became one of an elite group of fillies to have won G1 contests on successive Arc days when storming home in the Prix de l’Opera. Last year, she took the Prix Marcel Boussac to become the second daughter of Dubawi in a row to land the race, following Wuheida 12 months earlier.
On Saturday at Longchamp, Dubawi’s son Brundtland outbattled his paternal half-sister Lillian Russell in the G2 Prix Chaudenay to record his second straight win at this level and retain his unbeaten record in the process.
Charlie Appleby was also responsible for Dubawi’s other Stakes winner last week, when the progressive Ghostwatch successfully stepped up to Black Type level in the Listed Noel Murless Stakes at Ascot.
New Approach has enjoyed a superb year with his current three-year-old crop, headed of course by Derby hero Masar, and on Saturday, 6 October his wonderfully consistent son Ostilio posted a career best performance to take the G2 Prix Daniel Wildenstein at Longchamp.
Previously winner of the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot, Ostilio now has four wins and five seconds from his nine starts and becomes the tenth Group performer this year for his sire.
The European yearling sales season continues this week at Park Paddocks in Newmarket, where there will be plenty of blue-blooded youngsters on offer at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1. Dubawi has 19 yearlings due to go through the ring, including a full brother to unbeaten star colt Too Darn Hot (pictured), currently favourite to take this Saturday’s G1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes.
First-season sire Golden Horn is also well represented, with 18 yearlings catalogued, while there are eight members of Night Of Thunder’s first crop on offer.
Exceed And Excel, Iffraaj and Shamardal have 11 apiece, while New Approach has seven.