Hunter's Light: The Saeed bin Suroor-trained seven-year-old is now a triple Group 1 winner following his six and a half length victory in the Jebel Hatta Sponsored by Emirates Airline over nine furlongs at Meydan at Saturday.
The Darley-bred entire is a son of the classic winning miler and outstanding Dalham Hall Stud stallion Dubawi (by Dubai Millennium), he is out of Portmanteau (by Barathea) and so a half-brother to the stakes placed filly Linda Radlett (by Manduro). His grandam Dayanata (by Shirley Heights) is a full-sister to classic star and influential sire Darshaan and a half-sister to the Group 1 heroine and outstanding broodmare Darara (by Top Ville).
Dubawi also struck at Meydan on Saturday with Listed success for Mubtaahij and Group 2 placing for Sheikhzayedroad, and he supplied both the second and third – Prince Bishop and Henry Clay – in the Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge R3 Sponsored by Emirates Airline.
African Story: Last year's Group 1 Dubai World Cup winner added the Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge R3 Sponsored by Emirates Airline over 10 furlongs on dirt at Meydan on Saturday.
The eight-year-old is trained by Saeed bin Suroor, he was bred by Darley, and he is a son of the excellent Cheveley Park Stud sire Pivotal (by Polar Falcon). He is out of Blixen (by Gone West) and she is a daughter of the US Grade 1 scorer Danish (by Danehill). This is a famous family whose recent Group 1 stars include Kingsbarns (by Galileo) and Rip Van Winkle (by Galileo).
Fine Rightly: Patricia Duffin's homebred gelding won the Grade 3 Naas Directors Place Novice Chase over two and a half miles at Naas on Sunday, his second win from four starts over fences. The Stuart Crawford-trained five-year-old also has a Grade 2 bumper success to his name.
He is out of the bumper winner Bealtaine (by Zaffaran) and his half-sister Aibrean (by Winged Love) is a point-to-point, chase and triple hurdles scorer who finished a remote third in a Grade 2 novices' chase at Ayr last year.
His dam is a full-sister to Another Rum who won the four miles, one furlong amateurs' chase at the 2005 Cheltenham Festival, a month before he finished third in the Grade 3 Scottish Grand National at Ayr, and this is a branch of the family of the Grade 1 Queen Mother Champion Chase hero Katabatic (by Strong Gale).
Fine Rightly is a son of the leading Shade Oak Stud stallion Alflora (by Niniski).
As De Mee: Bred in France by Andre and Marcelle Pommerai, the Paul Nicholls-trained five-year-old won the Grade 3 European Breeders' Fund William Hill “National Hunt” Novices' Handicap Hurdle Final over two and a half miles at Sandown on Saturday.
It was a first blacktype success for the son of the Haras de la Hetraie stallion Kapgarde (by Garde Royale). His dam Koeur De Mee (by Video Rock) is a flat-winning AQPS mare whose siblings include the prolific pair Gailoorn De Mee (by Apeldoorn) and His De Mee (by Panoramic).
Ebony Express: A prolific flat scorer who joined Dr Richard Newland's team in late November, the six-year-old sprang a 33/1 surprise in the Grade 3 William Hill Imperial Cup Handicap Hurdle over two miles, 110 yards at Sandown on Saturday. He has now won three of his five starts over obstacles.
He was bred by Ellie Wright, he is a full-brother to a winner, and he is a son of the high-class sprinter Superior Premium (by Forzando) who moved to Ireland in 2011 and joined the team at Motabower House Stud, in Co Wexford, in 2013.
Ebony Express is out of Coffee Ice (by Primo Dominie) who was only beaten a head in the Group 3 Cherry Hinton Stakes in 1991. This is a branch of the family from which the Group 1 stars Toormore (by Arakan) and Seazun (by Zieten) come.
Miss Xian: The Francis Flood-trained mare got up on the line to take the Grade B Woodlands Park 100 Club Leinster National Handicap Chase over three miles at Naas on Sunday, her first blacktype success.
The eight-year-old was bred by James Neville, she is a daughter of the classic star and Grange Stud stallion Milan (by Sadler's Wells), and she is out of Beech Lodge (by Supreme Leader). She is a full-sister to the bumper and dual hurdles scorer Monkey Milan, and her dam is a half-sister to Couldnt Be Better (by Oats), winner of the Grade B Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park and the Grade 3 Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Newbury.
Sir Maximilian: A listed scorer at Tipperary and Dundalk last season, the Ian Williams-trained six-year-old added the Group 3 Meydan Sprint Sponsored by Arabian Adventures over five furlongs on turf at Meydan on Saturday.
The gelding was bred by Holborn Trust Co, he is a son of The Royal Studs's sire Royal Applause (by Waajib) and he is out of the six furlong Ballinrobe scorer Nebraska Lady (by Lujain).
The only other blacktype horse in the first four generations of his family is his fourth dam Placer Queen (by Habitat), whose three wins in the USA included a restricted Grade 3 handicap, but if you go back another generation you will find branches leading to various talented horses including the Group 2 Temple Stakes scorer Tipsy Creek (by Dayjur).
Sakhee's Soldier: The multiple pattern winning gelding gave the now Italian-based stallion Sakhee's Secret (by Sakhee) his first Group 1 winner when taking the Ronald McDonald House Charities New Zealand Stakes over 10 furlongs at Ellerslie on Saturday.
A four-year-old trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, he was bred by The Oaks Stud, and he is out of the winning mare Surreptitious (by Machiavellian). His grandam Nadma (by Northern Dancer) is a half-sister to the pattern winners Binya (by Royal Solo) and Fatah Flare (by Alydar), and also to the US Grade 1 star Sabin (by Lyphard).
Sky Hunter: Third behind Intello in the Group 1 Prix du Jockey-Club (French Derby) in 2013, but gelded last year, the Saeed bin Suroor-trained five-year-old won the Group 2 Dubai City Of Gold Sponsored by Emirates Skycargo over 12 furlongs on turf at Meydan on Saturday. It was his first start since a nine length score in a Group 3 over the same trip at Newbury in October.
He is a son of the Derby hero and Haras du Quesnay sire Motivator (by Montjeu), he is out of Pearl Kite (by Silver Hawk), and he is a half-brother to the prolific pattern winner Nayyir (by Indian Ridge), to the ill-fated classic placed Group 3 scorer Highest (by Selkirk) and also to Shamaiel (by Lycius), who is the stakes winning dam of the pattern placed stakes winner Shamali (by Selkirk).
Satono Crown: The pattern placed mile stakes winner Jioconda (by Rossini) produced the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes heroine Lightening Pearl and the pattern placed Jolie Jioconde before being exported to Japan, in foal to their sire.
On Sunday the resulting colt, Satono Crown, won the Grade 2 Hochi Hai Yayoi Sho (Japenese 2000 Guineas Trial) over 10 furlongs at Nakayama. He won a Grade 3 contest over nine furlongs at Tokyo in November, and he was bred by Northern Racing.
Satono Crown is a final crop son of the classic placed Group 1 winner and long-time leading Derrinstown Stud stallion Marju (by Last Tycoon).
Sovereign Debt: Morristown Lattin Stud stallion Dark Angel (by Acclamation) notched up his 13th stakes winner when the David Nicholls-trained Sovereign Debt took the Listed Ladbrokes Lady Wulfruna Stakes (AW Championship Fast-Track Qualifier) over seven furlongs at Wolverhampton on Saturday.
Bred by Yeomanstown Stud, the six-year-old was runner-up to Farhh in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes in 2013. He is out of the stakes placed Kelsey Rose (by Most Welcome) and his string of successful siblings includes the Group 3 scorer Puff (by Camacho).
This is the family of noted speedsters such as Indian Rocket (by Indian Ridge) and The Bonus King (by Royal Applause) and of the recent Jebel Ali mile pattern scorer Forjatt (by Iffraaj).
Toon River: The Mary Louise Hallahan-trained 10-year-old got his first blacktype success when coming home 13 lengths clear of his closest pursuer in the Grade B Holden Plant Rentals Shamrock Handicap Chase over two and a quarter miles at Gowran Park on Saturday, his third win over fences.
He was bred by Michael O'Donovan, he is a son of the late Old Road Stud stallion Witness Box (by Lyphard), and he is out of an unraced mare called Melody Thyne (by Good Thyne). His grandam Melodic Belle is a unraced half-sister to Howcleuch (by Buckskin), who is the chase-winning dam of the Grade 3-winning chaser Rambling Minister (by Minster Son).
This is a branch of the family whose best representatives include Belle Artiste (by Artist's Son), Rambling Artist (by Wrekin Rambler), The Langholm Dyer (by Crash Course), Just A Par (by Island House) and Triptodicks (by Sheer Grit).
Babylone Des Motte: The four-year-old won the Listed EBF Stallions/TBA Mares' Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race over two miles, 110 yards at Sandown on Saturday, her first start since joining the Willie Mullins stable.
She was bred by EARL Ecurie Des Mottes, she is a daughter of the young Haras de la Croix Sonnet stallion Blue Bresil (by Smadoun), and she is out of the triple flat AQPS winner Nellyssa Bleu (by Epervier Bleu). Her dam is a half-sister to the listed hurdles scorer Hulysse Royal (by Garde Royale) and to Flaurella (by Rose Laurel), a triple flat and four-times jumps scorer whose best winner at stud is the multiple graded placed dual listed chase winner Sadler'sflaure (by Ballingarry).
Phil's Magic: Bred by Beech Hill Stud and trained by Sandra Hughes, the five-year-old won the Listed Irish Racing Writers Kingsfurze Novice Hurdle over two miles at Naas on Sunday, his second win from five starts over obstacles.
He is by the Annshoon Stud stallion Fruits Of Love (by Hansel), he is out of the lightly-raced Cheltenham-placed staying chaser Inch Rose (by Eurobus), and he is a half-brother to the blacktype placed The Book Thief (by Deploy).
For Me: A four-year-old son of the multiple Group 1 star and Glenview Stud stallion Shirocco (by Monsun), the Dominique Bressou-trained gelding easily won the Listed Prix Univers II (Hurdle) over two and a quarter miles at Auteuil on Sunday.
He was bred by Graf und Grafin von Stauffenberg, he is out of Fly Me To The Moon (by Galileo), and his dam is a half-sister to the Group 2 Blandford Stakes and Group 3 Blue Wind Stakes heroine Four Sins (by Sinndar) who missed out on further blacktype when fourth behind Light Shift in the Oaks at Epsom in 2007.