The Weekly Wrap

A round up of all the action for the Darley stallions over the past week
G1 double for Dubawi

Dubawi has been enjoying a spectacular season and on Saturday, 13 October he sired a G1 double in the UK and Australia.

Already the sire of an unbeaten G1-wining two-year-old colt in Quorto, Dubawi doubled his tally when Too Darn Hot was the very impressive winner of the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket. In a race that will likely decide this season’s European Champion juvenile, the Lord Lloyd Webber homebred looked in trouble heading into the dip before picking up in great style in the final furlong to win going away by two and three quarter lengths.

He was given a Timeform race rating of 127, the best performance in the race in recent history, 1lb more than Frankel eight years earlier.

Earlier in the day, Benbatl landed his third G1 of the season when victorious in the G1 Caulfield Stakes in Australia. Setting up a mouth-watering clash with Champion mare Winx, the Godolphin homebred colt out of G1 winner Nahrain got the better of Blair House to win narrowly. He was the second Group winner on the card for Dubawi after Ball Of Muscle had won his 12th career race in the G2 Schillaci Stakes.

Super seven days for Shamardal

Shamardal notched up his 21st G1 winner on Saturday in Canada when his three-year-old daughter Sheikha Reika struck in the E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine.

A full-sister to G1-winning juvenile Lumiere, the Roger Varian-trained filly was stepping up in class after an easy Stakes victory at Yarmouth the previous month. She was completing a G1 double for her rider Andrea Atzeni after Desert Encounter’s (Halling) victory in the Canadian International Stakes.

Sheikha Reika was the second Stakes winner of the week for Shamardal after Global Giant was victorious in the Listed Carlingford Stakes on the AW at Dundalk on Friday evening.

Two juveniles that look to be destined for greater things made winning debuts this past week with Queen Power, a full-sister to Puissance de Lune, scoring at Newmarket on Friday and Bint Samraan, a wide-margin winner at Munich.

Chairman in control

First-season sire Slade Power has an exciting juvenile to challenge for Stakes honours for the rest of the season after his son Chairmanoftheboard romped to an easy victory at Goodwood.

Trained by Mick Channon, he coped with the soft conditions exceptionally well to cruise clear on the bridle before recording an eight-length triumph. Described by his trainer as his best since Zafeen (a Royal Ascot G1 winner in 2003), he holds an entry in the Irish 2,000 Guineas (see his interview on Racing UK above).

On Thursday, Slade Power’s daughter Aldana landed her second consecutive race when giving weight to his rivals at Lingfield Park. Slowly away, she flew late to win going away by three quarters of a length in the style of a filly to follow.

Strong trade at Tattersalls Book 1

Last week saw Tattersalls Book 1 sale at Newmarket with Dubawi siring the leading lot of the week.

Just three days before his full-brother Too Darn Hot won the G1 Dewhurst Stakes, the yearling colt out of Dar Re Mi was sold for 3.5 million guineas to David Redvers. In what was an excellent week for his sire, this was just one of four lots that reached one million guineas or higher.

The first yearlings of Derby hero Golden Horn (pictured) have been very well received and he had a very good week with an average of 198,000gns. All but one of his 17 lots offered found new homes with his top lot coming in at 550,000gns for a son of Astonishing (bought by BBA Ireland).

Fellow first-season sire Night Of Thunder also enjoyed an excellent sale with his top lot coming in at 260,000gns for a half-brother to Aclaim.


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