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Memorable 1-2 for Darley sires

11/06/2018
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DARLEY, the breeding arm of Sheikh Mohammed’s Thoroughbred racing empire had double reason to celebrate the result of the Derby at Epsom: not only was Masar homebred but, also, the runnerup, Dee Ex Bee who sported the silks of Sheikh Mohammed’s son, Sheikh Hamdan. Both horses are listed as ‘bred by Godolphin’ and the history, pedigree and background of Masar, along with that of his sire, New Approach, are covered in detail on the previous page. But what about Dee Ex Bee?

Well, firstly, anybody familiar with Dubai International airport will surely recognise the name; DXB being the three letter code associated with the UAE’s busiest airport. It is also the acronym for Data Exchange Binary, a term familiar in computing but it would be fair to assume Sheikh Hamdan’s horse is named after the airport. He represents the first crop of Farhh who stands alongside New Approach at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket. Himself a homebred, the now 10yo son of Pivotal was a ‘late bloomer’, who was clearly not the easiest to train so handled expertly by Saeed bin Suroor.

Winner of his sole juvenile outing, a Newmarket maiden, he also won his sole 3yo start, a handicap, also at Headquarters but on the Rowley Mile as opposed to the July course where he won his first race. He made it three consecutive victories, showing his panache for running well fresh, when landing the Thirsk Hunt Cup Handicap on his initial appearance as a 4yo. He was then thrown in at the very deep end: his next start and first defeat was at Royal Ascot, in the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes, finishing a fine third. From then on his career was spent dining at the top table, twice finding only Frankel too good and also chasing home Nathaniel and Moonlight Cloud in Group One events.

Back as a 5yo, he, for the fourth consecutive season, won on his return to action, taking the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes when demolishing a field of 12. That was in May 2013 and he was not seen again until the October, signing off a memorable career with a hard fought success in no less than the Champion Stakes at Ascot. He retired as the winner of half of his ten starts, earning £1,328,152 in the process and, it could be argued, had he not been foaled in the same year as Frankel, would likely have won more. As a sire he has made a very pleasing start with Dee Ex Bee, after his Epsom exploits, taking pride of place and likely to seek Group One glory in the Irish Derby at the end of the month.

His dam, Dubai Sunrise, a daughter of Seeking The Gold, is a full-sister to no less than the mighty Dubai Millennium who suffered his sole defeat when failing to stay in the Epsom Derby. Prior to Epsom, Wells Farhh Go was flying the flag for the sire, winning the Group 3 Acomb Stakes as a juvenile and considered a live St Leger prospect this year. In Italy, Fa Ul Sciur is a Listed winner for Farhh and, if his progeny take after their father, they are only going to improve with age. Fittingly, the vanquished Sheikh Hamdan was on hand to congratulate his father who, in fairness, has been waiting an awful lot longer to win arguably the most sought after prize in Flat racing. His turn will surely come and he was able to lead in the winner and partake in the presentation ceremony with his delighted father.

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