DUBAWI OFFSPRING BID TO CAP RECORD SEASON FOR SIRE ON QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS DAY
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DUBAWI is enjoying an exceptional season, having sired seven winners at the highest level this year and 40 individual black type winners. He has a good chance of furthering his 2022 record on Saturday, with offspring near the top of the market in three of four Group 1 contests as well as the Group 2 on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse.
Among the sire’s 2022 Group 1 winners is ELDAR ELDAROV (GB), the Group 1 St Leger Stakes winner who is widely considered the main danger to two-time Group 2 QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup winner, TRUESHAN.
This year’s winner of the world’s oldest Classic last month, who was bred by Kirsten Rausing at Lanwades Stud, is a proven performer at the track, having delivered Dubawi his 150th Group winner when landing the Group 2 Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot in June.
Last year’s QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes winner CREATIVE FORCE will defend his crown on Saturday, lining up against a field that includes stablemate and fellow Dubawi colt NAVAL CROWN (GB), who gave the sire his 50th Group 1 winner when scoring in the Group 1 Platinum Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot this year.
MIMIKYU (GB) will break from stall one in the Group 1 QIPCO British Champions Fillies’ & Mares’ Stakes. This Dubawi filly, who comprehensively beat the winner of last year’s renewal, ESHAADA (GB), on her latest start in the Group 2 Park Hill Fillies’ Stakes at Doncaster, is bidding to give owner-breeder George Strawbridge his second win in the race with a daughter of Dubawi, after JOURNEY (GB) won the 2016 renewal.
Heading the opposition to INSPIRAL (GB) in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO) are MODERN GAMES and THE REVENANT (GB), both sons of Dubawi. Three-year-old Modern Games, who gave Dubawi a 2022 Guineas double when landing the Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains in May two weeks after COROEBUS won the British equivalent, will be taking to the Ascot track for the first time, but comes into the race off a victory in the Group 1 Woodbine Mile Stakes. The Revenant, on the other hand, will be attempting to reclaim his crown in the race, having won it in 2020.
Ahead of QIPCO British Champions Day, Sam Bullard, Darley Director of Stallions, said:
“Dubawi’s dominance as a sire is epitomised on the final showcase of the flat season, where he has live chances in races spanning from the six-furlong Sprint, right through to the Long Distance Cup.
“His achievements this year have once again been extraordinary with his highest ever number of Stakes winners and we are very lucky to have him.”