DEE Ex Bee was an easy winner over seven furlongs first time out at two, listed-placed at Haydock before adding an Epsom success and then chasing home Kew Gardens in the Listed Zetland Stakes at Newmarket.
He ran at Epsom twice more as a three-year-old, finishing third in the Listed Blue Riband Trial in April and then chasing home Masar in the Group 1 Derby, with Roaring Lion and Saxon Warrior half a length and two and a half lengths behind in third and fourth.
Between those he finished a half-length runner-up to Young Rascal in the Group 3 Chester Vase and after that, he finished third in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris and came fourth in the Group 1 St Leger, both won by Kew Gardens.
Dee Ex Bee chased home Cross Counter in the Group 3 Gordon Stakes, was third to Iquitos in the Group 1 Grosser Preis von Bayern, but had a four-year-old campaign that would have been even more notable had the great Stradivarius not been around.
He kicked off with an easy win in the Group 3 Sagaro Stakes over two miles at Ascot and followed that with an odds-on success in the Group 3 Henry II Stakes.
Then he met Stradivarius, the pair finishing one-two in the Group 1 Gold Cup, Group 1 Goodwood Cup and Group 2 Lonsdale Cup.
There was a length between them at Ascot, only a neck at Goodwood and a length and a quarter at York.
His final run for the Mark Johnston stable came that October when he finished third in the Group 1 Prix du Cadran, beaten by just three-quarters of a length and the same by Holdthasigreen and Call The Wind, with the rest well behind.
Dee Ex Bee is a first-crop son of the Group 1 Champion Stakes and Group 1 Lockinge Stakes star Farhh (Pivotal), so is by the sire of the classic-placed Group 1-winning miler and Derrinstown Stud stallion King Of Change plus the five-furlong pattern winner and Starfield Stud sire Far Above.
They stood their first seasons in 2021 and covered 70 and 142 mares respectively, both flat sires of course.
Dee Ex Bee has a very different racing profile to that pair and is competing in a different market, so for him it becomes relevant that Farhh’s offspring also include Fiveandtwenty, the Listed Scottish Triumph Hurdle Trial heroine who finished third in the Grade 1 Anniversary Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree last year. The stallion’s handful of jumpers also includes So Near So Farhh who has added three hurdle wins to her four on the flat.
Dubai Sunrise (Seeking The Gold), the dam of Dee Ex Bee, did not race, but she is a full-sister to the Timeform 140-rated superstar Dubai Millennium, the stallion who gave us the classic-winning miler and phenomenal sire Dubawi.
In addition to his massive number of stakes and Group 1 winners on the flat, he is responsible for Grade 1 Champion Chase, Clarence House Chase and Tingle Creek star Dodging Bullets.
DEE EX BEE (GB), Bay 2015. Won four races, £911,792, from 7 furlongs to 2 miles, at 2 and 4 years including, Longines Sagaro Stakes, Ascot, Gr.3, Matchbook Henry II Stakes, Sandown Park, Gr.3, also placed second in Ascot Gold Cup, Ascot, Gr.1, Investec Derby Stakes, Epsom Downs, Gr.1, Qatar Goodwood Cup Stakes, Goodwood, Gr.1, Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup Stakes, York, Gr.2, Centennial Celebration MBNA Chester Vase, Chester, Gr.3, Qatar Gordon Stakes, Goodwood, Gr.3, Godolphin Zetland Stakes, Newmarket, L, and third in Bayerische Hausbau G. P. von Bayern, Munich, Gr.1, Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris, Parislongchamp, Gr.1, Qatar Prix du Cadran, Parislongchamp, Gr.1, 32Red Casino Ascendant Stakes, Haydock Park, L, A. Cane Mem. Investec Blue Riband Trial, Epsom Downs, L.
Retires to Stud in 2022.
Stands at: Arctic Tack Stud, Newbawn, Foulksmills, Co Wexford, Y35 TY48, Ireland.
Contact: Eoin Banville
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