Dubawi was reviewed in this space (via a post by Victor Sheahan in his blog Montjeu.com) before he ascended to the top of the British/Irish sire tables by earnings (click here to read), and Shamardal’s exploits as the leading European first-crop sire of 2009 also have been documented here. But after this weekend, it’s safe to say that both Darley sires (both represented by first-crop 3-year-olds in 2010) are on their way to big years and hold promise that they may be serious sires in the years to come.
Shamardal’s son Lope de Vega won the French Guineas equivalent, the Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains, this weekend to emulate Shamardal’s own accomplishment of taking the race in 2005, when he also won the French Derby, the Group 1 Prix du Jockey-Club. A high-class 2-year-old as well when he was named champion in Britain and Europe, Shamardal altogether won 6 of 7 starts; his lone loss came in Dubai, on dirt, a surface he obviously didn’t handle.
Retired to stud in 2005, halfway through his 3-year-old season, Shamardal covered mares first for Darley’s Australian operation in the Southern Hemisphere. In 2006, he stood his first Northern Hemisphere season at Darley’s Kildangan Stud in Ireland; therefore, Shamardal’s first runners are soon-to-be 4-year-olds in Australia, where he is booked solid for 2010 after the success of such as Group 1 Crown Victoria Oaks winner Faint Perfume, Group 3 winner Shamoline Warrior, and Listed winners Femina Fashion, Happy Hippy, Marquardt, and Run for Wilson, plus Group-placed No Evidence Needed and Group 1 Royal Randwick Guineas-placed Captain Sonador.
Along with classic winners Faint Perfume and Lope de Vega, Shamardal also has the Northern Hemisphere-bred classic winner Siyaadah, who won the Listed UAE 1000 Guineas in Dubai. Unlike her sire who failed on Dubai’s dirt, Siyaadah won on Dubai’s Tapeta surface at Meydan. Shamardal’s other Northern Hemisphere stakes winners include the Group 3 winners Zazou, Arctic, and Shakespearean.
Lope de Vega, by the way, is inbred 3×3 to Machiavellian, sire of Darley’s hot US-based sire Street Cry (sire of Zenyatta) and broodmare sire of Shamardal. There’s more to this relationship, too, because Shamardal’s dam, Helsinki, is a sister to Street Cry. And even more, inbreeding to Machiavellian, in this case, also meant inbreeding to the broodmare sire of the sire, which has been a notable form of sex-balanced inbreeding in several high-quality runners.
Dubawi stands at Darley’s Dalham Hall Stud in England. He’s the sire of Group 1 English 2000 Guineas winner Makfi, as well as of Italian Guineas and Derby winner Worthadd. Dubawi was featured here after Worthadd’s win in the Group 3 Premio Parioli (Guineas), but since then the colt added the Group 2 Derby Italiano to his resume.
All told, Dubawi is the sire of 7 black type winners, two of them in the Southern Hemisphere. And as mentioned, currently he sits atop the British/Irish sire tables.