Dubawi in France - 2023
Having spent some time looking at Frankel’s progeny (see related articles), it seems only fair that I devote the same time to Dubawi. The 2 of them have pulled away at the top of the Stallion ranks and after a fascinating set of results in 2022, both have had their stud fees increased. Dubawi now stands at Dalham Hall Stud for £350,000, a full £75,000 higher than his illustrious rival and whilst it is probably fair to say that he has a greater impact in the UK and Ireland, he has still delivered in France. 2022 was a quieter year for him in France, but he still pushed on through the €21 million career prize money (in France) mark as a stallion and Group wins for Erevann, Agave and Kubrick helped to build on that record.
He isn’t renowned as a Sire of Juveniles and with just 7 Two-year-olds hitting the track last season, it is fair to say that he still has a lot of 2020 potential to come. Those 7 French based Juveniles produced a record of 5 wins and 8 placings from 14 starts, so their quality and professionalism is there for all to see, but given time, there must surely be even more to come. Much like the Frankel piece, I have attempted to keep this short and sweet and have focused on the unraced potential in his French registrations. As these horses are unraced, they will not appear on the At The Races or Racing Post site and so if you intend to add them to a tracker, then I would suggest using the excellent France-Galop.com, although I will do my best to highlight them when they appear in the entries.
I wrote a similar piece on his 2022 progeny in February last year, highlighting the G3 Prix des Chenes winner Kubrick and winning Deauville debutante Snowpark. Patience is the key with these horses, but some of the pedigrees on offer are exciting and at this stage of the year their connections will all be dreaming about what might be.
We start with Andre Fabre and a Colt who will run in the Wertheimer silks, AWI. He is a son of the G3 Platane, who ran in the same colours and descends from the family of Goldikova. Also running for these connections will be SOLITE, a full sister to G2 winner Plumatic, both daughters of G1 Grand Prix de Saint Cloud winner Plumania. She has produced 6 winning progeny, including 2 who have won in pattern company and Solite looks to be one of the leading types on paper for the Wertheimers in 2023. Mikel Delzangles has a strong hand in the Juvenile division and he will train a so far unnamed daughter of G1 Prix de L’Opera winner Ridasiyna. She has produced 3 winning progeny so far, although it is worth noting that all of them have needed to step up to at least 10-furlongs before they managed to get their heads in front.
The final 2-year-old for Dubawi is an NO LUNCH, who will be trained by Carlos Laffon-Parias. He is out of Lunch Lady, a Listed winner who is a half-sister to multiple G1 winner Solow. She is also a half-sister to Salesman, a 3-time winner and Listed placed gelding by Dubawi. He will also run in the Wertheimer silks.
On to the 3-year-olds and I have a small selection to look out for. AXIOME is an unraced colt out of the Galileo mare Mathematicienne, he is her 7th foal and all the other 6 have managed to win races. Most notable amongst her progeny is the G3 winner Soustraction and the Listed winners Euclidia and Matematica. He will run in the Wertheimer silks as will ESPERANCE, who is the latest daughter of the 2012 Arc winner Solemia to hit the track. Her progeny have perhaps not hit the same heights as she did, but all 4 who have made it to the track in France have managed to win a race and with such a pedigree, Esperance is unlikely to be missed when she eventually makes her debut.
Last on the list is SNOWFINCH, who is a daughter of Winters Moon (3rd in the 2014 G1 Fillies Mile for Saeed Bin Suroor) and the dam of Prix Morny and Middle Park winner Earthlight. I wanted to include her on the list as she is bred to be both smart and quick, although she didn’t make it to the track as a Juvenile, the fact that she is still in training offers some hope that her connections are persisting. She will be trained by Henri-Alex Pantall for Godolphin.