By Elaine Belval
In August, I wrote about Dubawi after Makfi won the Gr.1 Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville. At that time Dubawi had nine SWs, seven first-time. Well, since that time he has added eight more SWs (seven first-time) to rank second in Europe by number of stakes winners with 17 (through this weekend), even though his first crop is only age 3. He is currently ranked sixth on the GB/Irish (flat) general sires list by progeny earnings and ninth on the 2-year-old list by progeny earnings. He’s also ranked highly in France and Italy, too, by progeny earnings as Makfi is French based, while the stallion’s Worthadd won the lucrative Italian Derby. Aside from Makfi, Dubawi also is represented by the European G1 winner Poet’s Voice.
Dubawi also shuttled to Darley’s New South Wales Australian farm, and he’s made his presence felt in the Southern Hemisphere as well with four individual SWs, two of them at the G1 level.
Over the Oct. 2-3 weekend, Dubawi was represented by Secret Admirer, the winner of the eight-furlong G1 Flight S. at Randwick in Australia. (His other SH G1 winner is Happy Archer in South Africa.)
Another G1 winner doesn’t seem that big of a deal anymore for Dubawi, who has four in total already in his fledgling career with the promise of many more to come. However, Secret Admirer is unique. Not only was she the first G1 winner for Dubawi in Australia, she is the first unrestricted SW inbred to Seeking the Gold. Secret Admirer is a daughter of the unraced mare Secret Illusion – herself the daughter of the solid Australian sire Secret Savings, a son of Seeking the Gold. This makes Secret Admirer inbred 3 x 3 to Seeking the Gold in tail-male.
Secret Admirer, besides being a G1 winner, also has an attractive and unique pedigree. In addition to being inbred to Seeking the Gold, her broodmare sire Secret Savings is inbred to the second dam of Seeking the Gold (the elite mare Broadway).
Seeking the Gold was a foal of 1985. He has several respectable sons at stud in the US (including Mutakddim and Petionville and young sires Bob and John and Jazil). Daughters of Seeking the Gold are highly prized producers, with over 65 unrestricted SWs. Granddaughters of Seeking the Gold have a dozen unrestricted SWs including GSW Phola.
With the continued success of Seeking the Gold as a sire and broodmare sireline, Secret Admirer should not be the last SW inbred to him.
Dubawi stood for £20,000 at Dalham Hall Stud in England in 2010.
(Elaine Belval is senior pedigree analyst at WTC.)