Darley’s perennial sire Dubawi (Dubai Millennium) chalked up his 192nd stakes winner when his son Midtown (2 c ex First City by Diktat) preserved his unbeaten record in the Prix Herod (Listed, 1400m) at Chantilly on Wednesday.
Last seen breaking his maiden over 1500 metres on debut at Saint-Cloud, the Andre Fabre-trained two-year-old colt had to be shaken up with two furlongs left to travel and responded in fine style to beat Best Lightning (Sidestep) by two lengths, while Saqr (Dutch Art) was another length and three-quarters away in third.
Purchased by owner Godolphin for 210,000gns at Book 1 of the the 2019 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, thecolt is one of two winners out of Group 2 winner First City (Diktat) and she is herself a half-sister to Listed Sopran Aragon (Coulsty).
The colt’s third dam is Grade 2 winner Marble Maiden (Lead On Time), who is also the dam of Listed scorer Vernoy (Forty Niner), while she is the grandam of Grade 1 winner Sheikhzayedroad (Dubawi) and Ummalnar (Shamardal), who broke through at stakes level for the first time in last week’s Cooley Fillies and Mares Stakes (Listed, 1m) at Dundalk.
Dubawi will stand at Darley’s Dalham Hall for an unchanged fee of £250,000 in 2021 and he is represented in Australia this season by his multiple Group 1-winning son Too Darn Hot, who is standing his first season at Darley’s Kelvinside base for a fee of $44,000 (inc GST).
Midtown (@mickaelbarzalon / A. Fabre) préserve son invincibilité en remportant le Prix Hérod #Listed à @fgchantilly.— Equidia (@equidia) November 18, 2020
Best Lightning (S. Vogt / A. Suborics)
Saqr (@pasquito60 / @ChappetRacing) pic.twitter.com/dIaTHADlPX