It became an inspired piece of business when Sepoy (Elusive Quality – Watchful, by Danehill) won the Blue Diamond Stakes and Golden Slipper Stakes in 2011 but Emirates Park Stud’s purchase of the broodmare Watchful (Danehill – Canny Miss, by Marscay) paid dividends again when her son Mulaazem (Dubai Destination – Watchful, by Danehill) claimed Saturday’s Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
Emirates Park snapped up Watchful for just $55,000 at an Inglis broodmare sale in 2009, the year after the mare foaled Sepoy but before the dominant juvenile hit the racetrack. Sepoy went on to win more than $3.8 million from his 10 wins from 13 starts but his half-brother Mulaazem looks set for a significant career of his own after his maiden Group 2 success.
Mulaazem controlled the Autumn Classic from the front to defeat the 2012 Victoria Derby quinella of Fiveandahalfstar (Hotel Grand – Cryptic Miss, by Snippets) and Super Cool (Fastnet Rock – Queen Mother, by Kingmambo) to leave his trainer Peter Moody with a tricky decision to make regarding his short-term placement.
“He was a big, gross colt and now he’s a magnificent individual,” Moody said. “He’s a high-quality colt. He’s a brother to a champion and he’s now a Group II winner with a hell of a pedigree so he’s got a big future ahead of him.
“He’s a very nice sort of six-seven furlong horse. Whether he can reach a mile, that’s questionable.
“I’m just not sure if I want to stretch him to a mile because Sepoy didn’t get that (distance) did he?, and he might just be that 6-1/2, seven furlong horse that is ideally suited on or about the pace.”
Mulaazem became the 21st stakes winner and the fourth offspring of Dubai Destination (Kingmambo – Mysterial, by Alleged) to score at Group 2 level.
Dubai Destination won the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes (1m) at Ascot as well as the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster in his eight-start career. The stallion now plies his trade as a National Hunt stallion at Glenview Stud in Ireland.