New Stakes winner for Dubawi and Night Of Thunder and Outstrip’s number of winners continue to grow

Duneflower lands Listed Valiant Stakes at Ascot, Think Big is victorious at Down Royal

Leading sire Dubawi added a 25th 2019 Stakes winner to his record on Friday, 26 July when his daughter Duneflower swept from last to first to land the Valiant Stakes at Ascot.

Held up at the rear for much of the one-mile contest, the three-year-old filly was ridden along two furlongs out and cruised to the front to take the lead inside the final half furlong and win by three quarters of a length.

This was Duneflower’s third career win and was the first time she was competing at Black Type level. She is out of the G2-placed Shamardal mare Desert Blossom, a three-parts sister to fellow Stakes winner Flaming Spear.

Later on Friday, Dubawi’s son Night Of Thunder continued his outstanding start to his stud career when Think Big became his sire's 13th individual winner.

The John Joseph-trained colt was settled just off the early pace in the five-furlong contest at Down Royal and was third at the halfway stage. He then took the lead a furlong out and despite hanging in the closing stages, kept on well to win by a length and a quarter.

Think Big was bred by Highfort Stud and is out of the Stakes-placed mare Avenue Montaigne (Showcasing).

Meanwhile at Newmarket, Path Of Thunder notched his second win, taking the seven-furlong novice at Newmarket's July course.

Night Of Thunder has made the best start at stud by a first-season sire for the past 20 years, by percentage of runners rated 80+ by Timeform.

Also on Friday, fellow freshman Outstrip added a new winner to his record when Malvern made an impressive winning debut at Chepstow.

Bred by R J Vines, Malvern is the first foal to race out of the multiple winner Perfect Muse (Oasis Dream).