AHALF-SISTER TO Irish Oaks heroine Chicquita and Group One winner Magic Wand, Godolphin’s exciting Philomene provided Dubawi with his 200th Stakes winner when breezing to victory in the Group 3 Prix Penelope at Saint- Cloud last week. Expectations were high for the Classicwinning son of the great Dubai Millennium when he retired to Dalham Hall in 2006 and he is now responsible for 44 individual winners at the highest level among 130 individual Group winners.
The sire of promising young stallions including Night Of Thunder, New Bay, Postponed and Too Darn Hot, Dubawi was also responsible for last year’s world champion Ghaiyyath, who is standing his first season at Darley’s Kildangan Stud, and recent Dubai Turf victor Lord North.
Dubawi has also been making his mark as a broodmare sire, with Sand Vixen – his first ever Stakes winner – producing Dream Castle to win the Jebel Hatta in 2019. Other notable successes include fellow Meydan top level winner Blair House, last season’s Falmouth and Sun Chariot heroine Nazeef plus Rockfel Stakes heroine Isabelle Giles.
Out of the brilliant producer Prudenzia, a Listed winning daughter of Dansili, Philomene was yet another seven figure lot for her dam when selling to Godolphin for €1,625,000 at Arqana’s August Sale in 2019. A cosy winner on debut at ParisLongchamp last September, the unbeaten filly was bred by Ecurie des Monceaux and Skymarc Farm, who each retain a 25% share of the promising 3yo.
Philomene is well on her way to emulating her siblings on the racecourse, having already followed in their footsteps at the sales. Coolmore’s Magic Wand was a €1.4m purchase by Peter and Ross Doyle alongside MV Magnier at Arqana, while Chicquita realised €600,000 from Badgers Bloodstock as a yearling before she was resold to the Doyles for an Irish record €6m as part of the Paulyn dispersal.
Prudenzia provided yet another star studded lot when Magnier went to €2m for Magic Wand’s full-brother at last year’s Arqana Select Sale. Philomene’s smooth success was also another landmark moment for her sire, arguably the most successful British stallion in history.