Dubawi (Dubai Millennium – Zomaradah, by Deploy) filly Catkins (Dubawi – Salix Caprea, by Catbird) had to dig deep in the straight but managed to post her second stakes win in Wednesday’s Listed PJ Bell Stakes (1200m) at Canterbury.
Catkins won the Listed Fireball Quality (1100m) two starts back but found the older mares too tough in the Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m) at her previous outing before relishing a return to her own age.
The grey worked across to lead from barrier five before skipping away early in the straight. Diamond Earth (Choisir – Face Of The Earth, by Strategic) challenged strongly over the final 200 metres but was unable to get by Catkins.
Leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller refused to get carried away with Catkins’s PJ Bell Stakes win, adding the victory could be the last run of her autumn campaign.
“That wasn’t flash but she got the job done and that’s the horse she is,” Waller said. “She’s turning into a real winner that’s building an imposing record.”
“These races are hard to win. That was a nice tidy win but we won’t be setting our sights too high just yet.
“If she had one more it’d be the easiest race I could find.”
Brave Soul (More Than Ready – Soul Singer, by Danehill) was third.
Ingham Racing purchased Catkins for $85,000 at the 2011 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale.
British-bred four-year-old Akeed Mofeed justified his status as race favorite by winning Sunday’s HK$16 million Group 1 BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) at Sha Tin.
Akeed Mofeed (Dubawi – Wonder Why, by Tiger Hill) defeated Endowing (Danehill Dancer – Brazilian Samba, by Sadler’s Wells) by a half-length with Gold Fun (Le Vie Dei Colori – Goodwood March, by Foxhound) a similar margin away in third.
Akeed Mofeed is trained by Richard Gibson. The son of Dubawi came into his care after winning a listed race at Cork in Ireland. At his previous start, he finished fourth in the Group 1 Irish Derby behind Camelot on heavy ground.
Akeed Mofeed was an impressive in securing his first Hong Kong win over 1800 metres with Douglas Whyte in the saddle for the first time on March 3.
Whyte remained aboard Akeed Mofeed to guide him to HK Derby success, allowing him to surge from a midfield position to finish over the top of Endowing in the straight.
Akeed Mofeed became the third horse to win the Hong Kong Derby from barrier three in recent times with Keen Winner (2000) and Helene Mascot (2008) also prevailing from the same gate.
He is out of unraced Tiger Hill mare Wonder Why (Tiger Hills – Wells Whisper, by Sadler’s Wells) who is a half-sister to German stakes winners Whispered Secret and Wells Present.
Akeed Mofeed has raced nine times for four wins and two placings with his prizemoney standing at over $A1.4 million.
Dubawi has also produced champion Hong Kong sprinter Lucky Nine who has won 10 times in Hong Kong. Lucky Nine finished fourth earlier in the meeting in the $HK6 million Group 1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m).
Darley has set a €10,000 service fee Group 1 Caulfield Guineas winner Helmet (Exceed And Excel – Accessories, by Singspiel) when he begins his northern hemisphere stud career at Kildangan Stud in Ireland in 2013.
Helmet also won the Group 1 AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) and the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) as a juvenile but was retired after sub-par performances for Godolphin earlier this year.
Helmet commanded a $33,000 (inc GST) service fee for his first season at Darley’s Northwood Park operation.
Former star juvenile Sepoy (Elusive Quality – Watchful, by Danehill) will also shuttle to Europe after beginning his stud career at a fee of $66,000 at Kelvinside. Sepoy will serve his northern hemisphere mares at Dalham Hall Stud at a service fee of £15,000.
Dubawi (Dubai Millennium – Zomaradah, by Deploy) will be the most expensive European Darley stallion at a fee of £75,000.
Exciting stallion New Approach (Galileo – Park Express, by Ahonoora) will stand for £50,000 in 2013.
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Terrific acceleration has landed Dubawi (Dubai Millennium – Zomaradah, by Deploy) filly Shamal Wind (Dubawi – Firemaid, by Machiavellian) her maiden stakes success in Thursday’s Listed Red Roses Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.
Shamal Wind scored by almost five lengths on debut at Ballarat on October 25 before the Widden Stud-bred filly handled the jump stakes class with ease.
Jockey Mark Zahra was keen to find cover for Shamal Wind early in the $150,000 event before he eased her into clear running at the 300 metres. Shamal Wind quickened brilliantly to put four lengths on her opposition before stamping herself as an emerging talent with her two-length win.
Zahra was kind to her over the concluding stages, which allowed Brave Soul (More Than Ready – Soul Singer, by Danehill) to narrow the margin while Isabella Snowflake (Not A Single Doubt – Tiamo Baby, by Strategic) finished third.
Aquanita Racing paid $55,000 for Shamal Wind at the 2011 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale. Shamal Wind’s trainer Robert Smerdon said the team was lucky to secure the filly at the sale.
“We tried to buy a couple of others, on in New Zealand and one in Melbourne, that were dearer and we couldn’t get them and she was later in the sale and as luck would have we’ve landed on her for a quarter of the price ($55,000) we were bidding on the others,” Smerdon said.
“(Owner) Lenny (Lucas) has had a lot of horses for a long time and he’s been terrific with us and he has committed himself to buying a horse every year and this is the start of hopefully some more success for him.”
Shamal Wind became the 47th stakes winner for Dubawi, who stood for three seasons at Darley’s Australian properties. The three-year-old is the stallion’s sixth Australian stakes winner.
Darley-owned filly Zydeco (Zabeel – All Time High, by Flying Spur) has a chance to emulate her dam with a win in Wednesday’s Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield.
All Time High (Flying Spur – All Sold, by Northern Spring) won the race in 2000 while in the care of Flemington trainer Russell Cameron.
Cameron will saddle a runner of his own in this year’s Thousand Guineas, the dual stakes winner Lady Of Harrods (Dubawi – Royal Conspiracy, by Strategic) while Adelaide filly Molto Bene (Royal Academy – Benevolent, by Generous) will probably start favourite in the $500,000 event.
Brilliant filly Atlantic Jewel (Fastnet Rock – Regard, by Zabeel) led home a Fastnet Rock (Danehill – Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) quinella when she defeated Mosheen (Fastnet Rock – Sumehra, by Stravinsky) easily last year. Atlantic Jewel’s three-quarter sister Commanding Jewel (Commands – Regard, by Zabeel) will attempt to keep the Thousand Guineas trophy in the family.
||John P Thompson
||LADY OF HARRODS
||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
||LOVE FOR RANSOM
Darley stallion Dubawi (Dubai Millennium – Zomaradah, by Deploy) earned his 45th Stakes winner when Lady Of Harrods defied her starting price as well as fast-finishing opposition to win the Group 3 McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.
Lady Of Harrods showed a noticeable dislike of heavy going when down the track behind Elite Elle (Shamardal – Mystic Elle, by Encosta De Lago) in the Listed Quezette Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on August 18 but produced a form reversal on better ground in the McNeil Stakes.
Lady Of Harrods displayed good early pace to share the front-running before accelerating smoothly when asked by jockey Michael Walker early in the straight. The three-year-old tired late but still held a margin over the Gai Waterhouse-trained Kabayan (Haradasun – Tarlaquena, by Don Eduardo) and the backmarker Shamexpress (O’Reilly – Volkrose, by Volksraad).
Lady Of Harrods became the fifth filly to win the McNeil Stakes in the last nine runnings of the event, which has been won by outstanding racehorses such as Starspangledbanner (Choisir – Gold Anthem, by Made Of Gold), Bel Esprit (Royal Academy – Bespoken, by Vain) and Gold Ace (Dieu D’Or – Coup De Chance, by Coup De Feu).
Interestingly, Kabayan emulated his sire Haradasun (Fusaichi Pegasus – Circles Of Gold, by Marscay) with his effort to finish second in the McNeil Stakes. Haradasun finished a narrow second to the star three-year-old Miss Finland in the 2006 edition of the event.
Dubawi is based at Darley’s Dalham Hall Stud in the UK where he commanded a 75,000-pound service fee in the 2012 northern hemisphere season.
A field of 10 of Europe’s best racehorses will assemble in Saturday’s Group 1 Eclipse Stakes (10f) at Sandown in the UK.
The race lost its major drawcard after trainer Aidan O’Brien withdrew last year’s winner So You Think (High Chaparral – Triassic, by Tights) from the event.
Godolphin has a trio of representatives engaged in the Eclipse Stakes, including the Dubai World Cup (2000m) winner Monterosso (Dubawi – Monterosso, by Barathea), who will have his first run since his triumph at Meydan in March.
The Eclipse Stakes will also herald the return to racing of the outstanding Group 1 winner Nathaniel (Galileo – Magnificent Style, by Silver Hawk).
Below is the field for the Group 1 Eclipse Stakes at Sandown.
||Mahmood Al Zarooni
||Saeed Bin Suroor
||Mahmood Al Zarooni
||Sir Henry Cecil
Coolmore Stud sires are set to continue their recent dominance of the Group 1 Irish Derby (12f) in Saturday’s 2012 renewal of the Curragh classic.
Past winners Montjeu (Sadler’s Wells – Floripedes, by Top Ville) and Galileo (Sadler’s Wells – Urban Sea, by Miswaki) have sired six of the past seven winners with Coolmore’s immortal stallion Danehill (Danzig – Razyana – His Majesty) breaking the run with Dylan Thomas (Danehill – Lagrion, by Diesis) in 2005.
The outstanding colt Camelot (Montjeu – Tarfah, by Kingmambo) will represent Montjeu in the seven-strong Irish Derby field while Astrology (Galileo – Ask For The Moon, by Dr Fong) and Imperial Monarch (Galileo – Ionian Sea, by Slip Anchor) form Galileo’s contribution to the field.
Galileo’s younger half-brother Born To Sea (Invincible Spirit – Urban Sea, by Miswaki) is one of two Invincible Spirit (Green Desert – Rafha, by Kris) in the Irish Derby field.
Camelot is a long odds-on favourite to remain unbeaten in the event, which will jump in the early hours of Sunday morning (Australian time).
Below is the field for the Irish Derby.
|Born To Sea
|Speaking Of Which
The Moonee Valley Racing Club has invited 10 of the world’s best racehorses, including British superstar Frankel (Galileo – Kind, by Danehill), to tackle Australasia’s best weight-for-age horses in this year’s Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m).
Frankel is unlikely to make the trip to Australia to compete in the Cox Plate despite the urgings of MVRC chairman Bob Scarborough, who suggested the Galileo (Sadler’s Wells – Urban Sea, by Miswaki) stallion’s connections follow Black Caviar’s example and travel across the globe to race.
“Frankel is widely regarded in the northern hemisphere as a once in a generation champion thoroughbred. All of his victories have been dominant, and he is clearly better than the current crop of UK middle distance horses,” Scarborough said.
“Just as Black Caviar has accepted the challenge to step out of her comfort zone and travel half way around the world to prove that she is without peer in the sprinting ranks at Royal Ascot, I am hopeful that the connections of Frankel will accept our invitation to travel to Melbourne to contest the Weight-For-Age Championship of the southern hemisphere.”
The MVRC consulted with Racing Victoria’s international scout Leigh Jordon before selecting the 10 horses that are eligible for an all expenses paid trip to Victoria. The full list of Cox Plate invitees is below.
||Galileo – Kind (Danehill)
|CIRRUS DES AIGLES (FR)
||Even Top – Taille De Guepe (Septieme Ciel)
||Dubawi – Porto Roca (Barathea)
||Xaar – Great Joy (Grand Lodge)
||King Kamehameha – Air Groove (Tony Bin)
||Danehill Dancer – Planet Rave (Giant’s Causeway)
||Exceed And Excel – Sun Shower (Indian Ridge)
||Selkirk – Tantina (Distant View)
|GOLDEN LILAC (IRE)
||Galileo – Grey Lilac (Danehill)
|DEEP BRILLANTE (JPN)
||Deep Impact – Love And Bubbles (Loup Sauvage)
Monterosso (5 h Dubawi – Porto Roca, by Barathea) led home a Godolphin 1,2 in the $US10million Gr 1 ¬†Dubai World Cup (2000m) on the all-weather surface at Meydan on Saturday with dual Cox Plate winner So You Think beaten into fourth place.
A son of the Australian Gr 1 winner Porto Roca, Monterosso travelled just behind the early pace with So You Think handy in third place. The Japanese entry Transcend led but Joseph O’Brien elected to push So You Think on 800m from home when the pacemaker hung off the rail under pressure.
This set the race up nicely for Monterosso with Mickael Barzalona stalking the leaders into the straight. So You Think immediately came under pressure and the Godolphin pair of Monterosso and Capponi accelerated away passing the 300m, Monterosso the stronger and with Barzalona standing erect in the saddle, passed the post three-lengths clear of his stablemate with Planteur (Danehill Dancer) running on well in the straight from at least 10 lengths off the lead on cornering to take third place ahead of a tiring So You Think.
“It was a very special night, I am very pleased,‚Äù Godolphin’s founder Sheikh Mohammed said after Monterosso provided him with first Dubai World Cup success since Electrocutionist won the race in 2006.¬†”I didn’t know they would win, I thought something would come from the back and catch them.‚Äù
“It’s a fantastic effort,” said Godolphin racing manager Simon¬†Crisford. “The field had so much depth that we were hoping for good runs but we couldn’t be confident going in. It’s unbelievable to have first and second. They are two really fantastic horses.”
A Group 2 winner in England when trained by Mark Johnston, Monterosso won the Gr 2 Dubai City Of Gold (2400m) on March 3 before finish fourth behind Capponi in the Gr 3 Al Maktoum Challenge (2000m) at his most recent start.
He is the eighth Group 1 winner from three crops for Dubawi.