Coolmore’s Galileo remains King of the Stallions, with valuable high profile victories over the weekend confirming his status.
There were St Leger wins on either side of the Irish Sea for Order Of St George and Bondi Beach, both sons of the mighty Galileo, and an impressive performance in the Moyglare Stud Stakes from juvenile filly Minding. Away from Team Ballydoyle, David O’Meara travelled to Canada and took the Woodbine Mile with another son of Galileo in the much improved Mondialiste.
And though many may have soon forgotten what he looks like, the stallion’s most successful offspring of the season to date is Aidan O’Brien’s dual Guineas’ winner Gleneagles. His earnings have played a major part in maintaining his sires place at the head of affairs.
But there is one horse in particular that has challenged Coolmore’s finest over the summer. The team at Darley will be thrilled with the successful season that Dubawi is having. Resident at Dalham Hall, his career at stud continues on a steep upward curve. With 20 Group winners in 2015 alone, he had further success at the weekend in the form of Arc hopes New Bay and Postponed.
Luca Cumani’s colt has already tasted Group 1 success with victory in the King George at Ascot in July. He took Sunday’s Qatar Prix Foy in typically gutsy fashion, and in a faster time than Treve produced in winning the Prix Vermeille. New Bay won the French Derby in May and looks to be his country’s leading middle-distance colt. He stormed to victory in the Prix Niel.
Al Kazeem has arguably been the stallion’s standout offspring to date. He took the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and the Coral-Eclipse before his final career victory in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh back in May. He finished just ahead of Postponed on that occasion, though sadly picked up the injury that forced his retirement.
Further Group 1 victories have come during the summer thanks to Erupt in the Grand Prix de Paris, not to mention the stunning success of Arabian Queen in the Juddmonte International at York. She certainly has the speed more typical in Dubawi progeny, though her habit of failing to settle in a race prevented her from running to her best behind Treve in the Prix Vermeille on Sunday.
Such success on the track ensures that the demand for Dubawi’s services at stud has soared. His offspring command enormous fees in the sales rings. With a world leading average of £647,000 in 2014, his 2015 yearlings have broken records at Arqana. An incredible €2.6 million was paid for a Dubawi colt at the Deauville August sales.
Galileo versus Dubawi is set to rumble on for many more years. In a season where much anticipated clashes have failed to materialize, the greatest of them is already taking place. Two of Europe’s powerhouses have been slugging it out throughout the summer, and that battle for supremacy between Darley and Coolmore shows no sign of abating.