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£1,000,000 Dubawi Colt to Godolphin

The Goffs November Foal Sale featured some very nice babies, but the chatter all week had been about only one colt: the chestnut Dubawi colt out of Nightime, by Galileo. As expected, the colt fetched a record-breaking £1,000,000 and, also as expected, bloodstock agent Anthony Stroud acquired him for Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid al-Maktoum in the name of Godolphin, the racing branch of the Sheikh’s global operation. Darley, the breeding branch of the Sheikh’s holdings, stands Dubawi at its Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, England. Dubawi is its star, and will be standing in 2020 for £250,000

The cross of Dubawi on Galileo mares is an extraordinary one. 27 Galileo mares have been bred to Dubawi, resulting in 42 foals. Of these, 31 have started (74%), and 21 have been winners (50%). Six of these have been black type winners, resulting in 14% of foals winning black type races, a remarkable number since 10% black type winners is considered excellent for any stallion. Dubawi’s general Average Earnings Index is a stunning 2.57 (with one being considered the standard for high class stallions), but his AEI with Galileo mares is 4.05—through the roof.

As should be expected, Nightime provides a wealth of complementary blood for her cross with Dubawi, including inbreeding to Buckpasser, through Seeking the Gold in Dubawi and the very similarly bred Miswaki, both by Mr. Prospector out of Buckpasser mares. There is the usual build-up of Northern Dancer, through Shareef Dancer and Lyphard in Dubawi’s pedigree, and Sadler’s Wells and Storm Bird on the dams’ side. We also see the closely related Klairon through Lorenzaccio in Nightime’s pedigree, and Turn-to, through Hail to Reason and his son, Roberto, through the wonderfully speedy Slightly Dangerous in Dubawi.

The most striking aspect of Nightime’s pedigree, however, is her two doses of the Blue Hen Roughshod II, via Roughshod II’s daughter Thong, the dam of Sadler’s Wells’ second dam, Special, and also the dam of Thatch. Add to that the broodmare sire strength of Princequillo, through his daughters Somethingroyal (in Bluebird) and Rosebower (Miswaki’s second dam), in addition to Somethingroyal’s twinned appearances in Dubawi, and the Princequillo dam of Mill Reef. There is one other little-known but influential mare, the 1933 Friar Marcus mare Feola. Feola is a significant grass and stamina influence who appears in the pedigrees of Vaguely Noble and Nashwan (twice), but her importance here is that she is the second dam of perhaps Princequillo’s best son, Round Table. Feola’s cameo appearance, through her son Kingstone, appearing in the ninth position of this colt’s tail female family, enhances the power of Princequillo through his daughters in this pedigree. This pedigree has created its own version of Round Table.

Dubawi is a force of nature as a stallion. But it is mare-power that infuses and defines this million-pound colt’s pedigree and, despite feverish bidding, places him firmly in the star-studded Godolphin/Darley future.

-- Roberta Smoodin

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