DARLEY RELEASE – Al Kazeem (Dubawi) wins the G1 Eclipse to record his third straight victory at the highest level
Dubawi’s hugely talented son Al Kazeem won his third G1 contest on the bounce on 6 July when taking the Eclipse Stakes in emphatic style.
Settled just off the pace under James Doyle, the five-year-old horse loomed up as the field entered the home straight and once in front, soon put the race to bed, running on superbly to win by two lengths.
Al Kazeem produced one of the most thrilling finishes of last month’s Royal Ascot meeting, edging out Shamardal’s Mukhadram in the G1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (with the same rival finishing a creditable third today). This was his third consecutive G1 victory and fourth win this season, having also landed the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup and the G3 Gordon Richards Stakes over today’s course and distance back in April.
He is now likely to be aimed at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, a race which he is now 6-1 joint favourite to win.
Bred by Mr and Mrs John Deer, Al Kazeem is out of the Darshaan mare Kazeem, a half-sister to the Group-winning mare Kanz. Kazeem has been scanned in foal this season to Dubawi.
Dubawi, widely recognised as one of the world’s most successful young stallions, has sired four individual G1 winners and four G1 performers so far this year, and a further ten Stakes winners.
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