Highland Avenue takes Feilden Stakes in eye-catching fashion

Promising Son of Dubawi adds a first Black Type win to his record on the opening day of Newmarket’s Craven meeting

Dubawi colt Highland Avenue announced himself as a potentially exciting horse for the new flat season on Tuesday, 13 April when he ran out the impressive winner of the Listed Feilden Stakes.

Settled in third position for much of the nine-furlong contest under James Doyle, Charlie Appleby’s charge was asked to quicken approaching the two-furlong marker and soon responded to take the lead. Finding more close to home, Highland Avenue kept on superbly to win by a length and a quarter from fellow Godolphin runner Secret Protector, with the pair over seven lengths clear of the rest of the field.

Highland Avenue has now won three times on the bounce, opening his 2021 campaign with a five-and-a-half-length victory at Kempton over mile back in January, before following up over the same course and distance in early March.

Highland Avenue is out of the G1-winning Shamardal mare Lumiere, who landed the Cheveley Park Stakes at two. Lumiere is a full sister to fellow top-flight winner Sheikha Reika and produced a full-sister to Highland Avenue last month.

Only last week, Dubwai became the first British stallion ever to sire 200 Stakes winners. He is sire of 44 G1 winners to date and has five stallion sons alongside him on the Darley roster in Ghiayyath, Too Darn Hot, Postponed, Night Of Thunder and Hunter’s Light.

Dubawi is also sire this year of G1 Dubai Turf hero Lord North, who also won last year’s G1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.