Horse Racing

Dubawi to reach career high £350,000

Dubai will stand at £350,000 ($397,269) fee in 2023 after a year that, even by his standards of excellence, has been truly outstanding.

The news was announced by Darley on 9 November, with the vote of the British and Irish champions having been worth £250,000 ($283,764) since 2017.

Just a short time before that, Juddmonte had revealed that Frankel Fees have been increased to £275,000 ($316,448) from £200,000 ($230,144).

The three classic winners top the personal best of 43 black category winners for Dubawi in 2022: he picked out seven of this year’s group 1 winners across different distances , from six extensions of Platinum Stakes (G1) to 14 and a half of Cazoo St Leger Stakes (G1).

Just last weekend, Dubawi enjoyed another huge Breeders’ Cup, bringing his tally to five wins over the past two seasons topped by the FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile presented by the PDJF (G1T) Modern game .

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Dubawi will win his well-deserved first sire title this year, after having to play a second time to Galileo long time ago, and then his son Frankel last year.

Photo: Courtesy Darley


Dubawi was retired to Dalham Hall in Newmarket after winning the Dunnes Stores National Stakes (G1) in 2nd place, and then the Boylesports Irish Two Thousand Guineas (G1) and the Prix Jacques le Marois (G1) at the age of 3, with the son of Dubai Millennium was introduced at £25,000 ($43,012).

All was not smooth sailing – he dropped to £15,000 ($21,889) in 2009 after returning to Dalham Hall after a season at Darley’s Kildangan base in Ireland – but he’s gone the week operating for at least a decade now and sitting at the top of the list of the most expensive breeding males in the world.

Team 1 Team Royal Ascot Navy crown Dubawi’s fastest son, is a new addition at Kildangan Stud, which means Dubawi will now have six sons on the Darley roster.

In winning the Platinum Title at Royal Ascot this year, Naval Crown defeated no less than 11 group 1 winners, including Highfield Princess , Kinross , Alcohol free , Campanelle and Minzaal . He is also the first home team at this year’s Darley July Cup Stakes (G1), this time with 5 group 1 winners behind him.

Naval Crown broke her maidenhood four and a half times in the prestigious Convivial Maiden. He won 3 years old in UAE, won Meydan Classic, and achieved further success in Dubai this year winning Al Fahidi Fort presented by Mina by Azizi (G2).

Naval Crown is the first pony of Dansili mares to win Come Alive, herself the daughter of group 2 Juvenile Portrayal. The Naval Crown will have a fee of €15,000 ($15,017).

Dubawi’s stallions have also enjoyed great success this year, with Thunder Night further cemented his position as his son’s successor.

The stallion Darley Night of Thunder at Kildangan Stud
Photo: Courtesy Darley

Night of Thunder at Kildangan Stud

Notably, Night of Thunder performed even better than Dubawi at the same career stage. He has a 22% special bet on his first win, led by Europe’s top sprinter and multiple group 1 Highfield Princess winners.

Night of Thunder is also a star of disc sales, with his cravings averaging €236,000 ($236,260), with the peak year being half a million. He will stand in Kildangan for a fee of 100,000 euros ($100,110), up from £75,000 ($85,129) in 2022.

Another new boy on Dalham Hall Stud’s list is speed Perfect power who will stand for £15,000 ($17,026).

The first horse in 20 years to win three Group 1 sprints in June of its 3-year-old campaign, Perfect Power acquired Norfolk Stakes (G2) at Royal Ascot just eight days after breaking. her maidenhood, before completing the Darley Prix Morny (G1) -Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes (G1) doubled. He returned to Royal Ascot this year with a brilliant victory in the Commonwealth Cup (G1).

Young stallion Blue point and Too hot whose fourth season fee has been cut to 35,000 euros ($35,005) and £40,000 ($45,402), from 40,000 euros ($40,055) and £45,000 ($51,077), topping the average flasks of first-season boars in both Goffs Orby and Tattersalls Book 1 and 2.

Hero Investec Derby (G1) Masar (unchanged at £14,000 ($15,891)) has the highest average value of any first-season boar in Volumes 1 and 2.

Ghaiyyath , Earthlight and Pinatubo have been a strong supporter since retiring and will soon have their first ponies on the ring.

Fees for Ghaiyyath (€25,000 / US$25,003) and Pinatubo (US$35,000) remain unchanged for 2023, but Earthlight moves from £15,000 to £18,000 ($20,431).

Males like the first season Cracksman exceeded most expectations with his second brood averaging almost 40% more than his first litter. He’s picked three black performers to date, including group 2 winner Hello and his fees remain at £17,500 ($19,863).

Harry Angel also got off to a great start to his stallion career, with a total of 24 individual winners and four stakes taking him there with the best young stallions in Europe. He will stand at a competitive £10,000 ($11,351), down from £12,000 ($13,621).

Ribchester (€7,500 / $7,501 from €12,500 / $12,502) has enjoyed considerable success in France thanks to the support of the recent celebrity group winner Facteur Cheval . He joined the Darley team at Haras du Logis in Normandy, having stood at Kildangan for the first 5 seasons.

Darley stallion director Sam Bullard said: “There is no bigger name in the business than the Dubawi champion sire. He sets even higher standards for himself in 2022, and only his new fee clause should reflect this.”

“Similarly, the need for his best steed Night of Thunder was also very satisfying.

“It is great news that we have Dubawi’s Platinum Jubilee-winning Naval Crown join the team in Ireland and, with Perfect Power at Dalham Hall Stud, we are proud to have two huge commercial prospects for breeders. create join.

“Looking down the list, we’ve tried to be as competitive with our prices as possible, knowing how tough it is for breeders in today’s market.”


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