WHEN Godolphin won the Group 1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket with Native Trail (Oasis Dream) last year, beating the Rabbah Bloodstock-bred Dubawi Legend (Dubawi), they captured the other pair of Group 3 races for juveniles on the card with sons of their superstar stallion.
Dubawi (Dubai Millennium) sired the Zetland Stakes winner Goldspur and the Autumn Stakes winner Coroebus, both homebred sons of group winners.
Heading into Saturday’s Group 1 Qipco 2000 Guineas, Coroebus had suffered his only defeat when runner-up in the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes to Royal Patronage. After his weekend victory, in which he defeated Native Trail, he is the winner of three of his four starts, and is a classic star.
This classic triumph now means that Dubawi’s next winner at Group or Grade 1 level will be a landmark 50th, and surely that will happen soon. He is also now responsible for 149 group winners. The Dalham Hall Stud flagbearer, who is 20 this year, was siring his third winner of the colt’s classic at Newmarket, following Makfi from his first crop, and Night Of Thunder four years later.
Coroebus is the second foal and the sole winner for First Victory, and that mare gained her own biggest success in the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes at two from just four starts. Like the dam of the Group 1 1000 Guineas winner Cachet, First Victory is a daughter of Teofilo (Galileo).
Where did the classic winner’s name come from? Coroebus of Elis was a Greek cook and baker. He is remembered as the winner of the first recorded Olympics, which consisted of a single foot race, and his victory is generally placed in the summer of the year 776 BC. For winning the race, Coroebus received an olive wreath and was later revered by the people of Elis, while his equine namesake won £283,550.
A year older than Coroebus is his own-brother Vasilakos (Dubawi), well-beaten in third on his only start at two, after which he was gelded. His next public appearance was in the Tattersalls February Sale this year when he sold for 42,000gns to Ahmed Bintooq, a successful young owner in Dubai, where he has already enjoyed classic success, and in England. Following Coroebus is the unraced two-year-old colt Pherenikos (Shamardal).
First Victory is one of six stakes winners from Eastern Snow (Dubai Destination), that winning mare’s first six foals. They also include dual Group 1 Dubai World Cup winner and dual French Group 1 winner Thunder Snow (Helmet), Group 2 winner and classic-placed Ihtimal (Shamardal), this year’s Group 3 UAE winner Eastern World (Dubawi), listed winner and Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes runner-up Always Smile (Cape Cross), and the Listed UAE 1000 Guineas winner Winter Lightning.
Eastern Joy’s seventh foal, and seventh winner, emerged this year and that is Sasakia (Dubawi). She is now a four-year-old and in her first season racing, and this week she won her third race from five starts in France. At present Sasakia would appear to have some distance to travel to become a stakes winner, but surely that will be a target. Finally, Eastern Joy’s eighth foal is the once-raced, and now gelded, three-year-old, Oriental World (Galileo).
Eastern Joy is one of 11 winners from the Nureyev mare Red Slippers (Nureyev). She was raced by Robert Sangster and following her first win was bought by Sheikh Mohammed in 1991. A half-sister to the Irish Derby and Epsom Oaks winner Balanchine (Storm Bird), and an own-sister to Group 2 winner and Group 1 Epsom Derby third Romanov (Nureyev), Red Slippers went on to win the Group 2 Sun Chariot Stakes in Sheikh Mohammed’s maroon colours.
At stud the best of Red Slippers’ winners was West Wind (Machiavellian) and she won the Group 1 Prix de Diane-French Oaks, was runner-up in the Group 1 Prix Vermeille and, on her only start in Ireland, ran third to Peeping Fawn and Speciosa in the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes.