Lah Ti Dar takes G2 Middleton Stakes

Daughter of Dubawi wins from Rawdaa (Teofilo) in a thrilling finish at York

Dubawi’s impeccably bred daughter Lah Ti Dar became her sire’s second consecutive winner of the G2 Middleton Stakes at York, prevailing in a superb battle with Teofilo filly Rawdaa to record her first victory at this level.

John Gosden’s charge was settled in third position under Frankie Dettori, before taking the lead approaching the two-furlong marker. Headed by Rawdaa inside the final furlong, Lah Ti Dar fought back in outstanding fashion to get up close to the line and win by a neck.

The race was won a year ago by her paternal half-sister and stablemate Coronet.

Lah Ti Dar, now four, won her maiden by no fewer than six lengths at Newbury last April, following up with a wide-margin victory in the Listed Pretty Polly Stakes on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile. She was even more impressive on her next start, taking the Listed Galtry Stakes at York by no fewer than ten lengths last August.

Since then, she has raced solely in Group company, finishing a creditable second in the St Leger, before being beaten less than two lengths when third in the G1 Fillies and Mares Stakes on Champions Day at Ascot. A step back up in trip is now on the cards, with the G1 Coronation Cup on Oaks day at Epsom likely to be her next target.

Lah Ti Dar is a homebred for Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber’s Watership Down Stud and is out of Sinsgpiel’s G1-winning daughter Dar Re Mi.

Her full brother and last year’s G1 Darley Dewhurst winner Too Darn Hot didn’t appear to stay the trip in the following race, the Dante, and will now be targeted at the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes on the first day of Royal Ascot.

Dubawi has now sired 15 individual Black Type winners in 2019, headed by G1 Dubai Sheema Classic hero Old Persian and a further 10 horses who have been successful at Group level.