G1 double for sons of Dubawi at the Curragh

Unbeaten colt Henry Longfellow lands the National Stakes; Irish St Leger win for Eldar Eldarov

Champion sire Dubawi sired a double of G1 winners at the Curragh on Sunday, 10 September when his sons Henry Longfellow and Eldar Eldarov struck at the Irish track.  First up was two-year-old colt Henry Longfellow who maintained his unbeaten record with an easy five-length victory in the National Stakes.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained colt jumped well under Ryan Moore and was dropped in to travel strongly in third, he began to close on the leaders with three to run and took up the lead in the final two furlongs where he stretched clear to post a comfortable win in the seven furlong race.

A winner of three races from as many runs, Henry Longfellow made his winning debut at the Curragh in July which was followed up a month later when landing the G2 Futurity Stakes by two lengths at the same track.  This talented colt holds an entry for the G1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket, which may be his next target.

Bred by Coolmore, Henry Longfellow is the second foal out of multiple G1-winning mare Minding (Galileo). She is an own-sister to three Black Type winners, including G1 heroines Tuesday and Empress Josephine. Their dam was the G1 Coronation Stakes and Matron Stakes winner Lillie Langtry.

Just over half an hour later, last year’s Doncaster G1 St Leger winner Eldar Eldarov, bounced back to form to add a second St Leger to his c.v. when landing the 14-furlong Irish equivalent.

The four-year-old colt, who is trained by Roger Varian, travelled strongly in second for most of the race, with just under three furlongs to run he was asked for an effort by David Egan and responding readily he soon took up the lead and went clear of the field to win the Irish St Leger by an easy three and a half lengths from last year's Gold Cup winner, Kyprios, in second.

Owned by KHK Racing Ltd, Eldar Eldarov is now the winner of three Black Type races, having also won the G2 Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot last year.

Bred by Kirsten Rausing, Eldar Eldarov is the third foal out of the Sea The Stars Stakes-winning mare, All At Sea, herself a daughter of multiple G1 winner Albanova.

Dubawi is now the sire of 55 individual G1 winners.  He has sired 30 Stakes winner so far in 2023, with six winning at the highest level, including three-time G1 Dubai Turf hero Lord North, Modern Games who landed the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury and In Italian, a winner of two G1 races in North America this year.

Dubawi’s son Too Darn Hot sired his first G1 winner this afternoon when Fallen Angel was the impressive winner of the Moyglare Stud Stakes.