Emphatic Dewhurst success for Too Darn Hot

14 October 2018

TOO Darn Hot put up an awesome display to win the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday afternoon.

The son of Dubawi and Dar Re Mi is now four from four having taken the Solario Stakes and the Champagne Stakes en route to this Group 1 triumph.

Trained by John Gosden, Too Darn Hot raced keenly in the early stages of the contest but jockey Frankie Dettori took back and got him settled in the midfield.

He hit his customary flat spot with half a mile to run but when Frankie switched him to the outer, he produced a sintilating turn of foot to surge to the front in a matter of strides.

Once in the lead, he motored clear before being eased down to win by two and three quarter lengths from Group 1 winner Advertise.

Too Darn Hot, who is owned and bred by Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber, is a first Group 1 winner for his dam Dar Re Mi.

Gosden said: “They went a good gallop but he was on the mettle and Frankie had to get him some cover, which he did nicely.

“He didn't look particularly happy on the ridges and going into the dip but once he hit the rising ground he took off and we really saw what he can do.

“He's such a brave horse, he gives one hundred per cent.

“His mother was a star and his father was a legend, so he's bred to do this.

“He's done remarkably well to go from a maiden to a Group 3 to a Group 2 and now to a Group 1 in just four starts, and he's got to come back for the 2,000 Guineas now.”

Dettori added: "It's the first time he's been challenged, the first three races were non-events. He's learnt a lot. He's an amazing horse. Now we can dream for next year, he's done everything we've asked him to. He's bred in the purple, it's great for connections, and we're going to have a very sleepless winter. "


Dubawi x Dar Re Mi tops Tattersalls Book 1

12 October 2018

WATERSHIP Down Stud were delighted to consign the top-priced yearling sold at auction in 2018 when Dubawi out of Dar Re Mi sold for 3.5million guineas on Wednesday evening.

This blockbuster lot, a full brother to Too Darn Hot, So Mi Dar and Lah Ti Dar, was knocked down to Qatar Racing’s David Redvers after a sustained duel with Shadwell’s Angus Gold.

Redvers said: “This is the sort of horse that Sheikh Fahad and his brothers want to own - they want to participate at the highest level and have had a taste of it this year with Roaring Lion. He is out of an exceptional mare and by an exceptional stallion. It is very hard to put a value on a horse such as this – you can see lovely horses selling for good sums and they still are not the best.

“We are looking to make commercial stallions - let's hope that he goes out and lives up to all the potential that he has.”

Lady Lloyd Webber added: “We are very lucky to have Dar Re Mi, who is breeding horses who are out together with such perfection. This horse is very similar to Too Darn Hot, a little more mature if anything.”

Watership Down Stud enjoyed a hugely successful sale, ending the week as the second leading consigner with 16 lots sold for 8,050,000gns averaging 503,125gns.

Other horses among the top lots were lot 277, a filly by Galileo out of Bufera who sold for 900,000gns to Blandford Bloodstock and lot 421 a colt by Dubawi who was knocked down to Stroud Coleman for 850,000gns.

This colt, the first foal out of Group 3 winner J Wonder, is closely related to Group 1 winner Chachamaidee.

Lots purchased:

34 Siyouni (FR) / Phiz (GER) B.C. 200,000: Shadwell Estate Company

64 Sea The Stars (IRE) / Reflective (USA) B.F. 500,000: C Gordon-Watson Bloodstock

65 Oasis Dream (GB) / Rehn's Nest (IRE) B.C. 70,000: Troy Steve Bloodstock

138 Le Havre (IRE) / Stella Bellissima (IRE) B.C. 150,000gns: SackvilleDonald

140 Siyouni (FR) / Stirring Ballad (GB) Ch.C. 320,000gns: Stroud Coleman Bloodstock

148 Dark Angel (IRE) / Swiss Diva (GB) Gr.C. Shadwell Estates 260,000

190 Kingman (GB) / Wannabe Loved (GB) B.C. 425,000gns: Stroud Coleman Bloodstock

200 Lope de Vega (IRE) / Yakshini (IRE) Br.F. 45,000gns: SackvilleDonald / HMorrison (P.S.)

277 Galileo (IRE) / Bufera (IRE) Br.F. 900,000 Blandford Bloodstock

291 Dark Angel (IRE) / Catch The Sea (IRE) B.C. 200,000gns: Hillen / Ryan

325 Dubawi (IRE) / Dar Re Mi (GB) B.C. 3,500,000gns David Redvers Bloodstock

341 Shamardal (USA) / Dubian To (IRE) 50,000gns: Blandford Bloodstock

360 Muhaarar (GB) / Evita (GB) B.F. 370,000gns: Blandford Bloodstock

382 Frankel (GB) / Gale Force (GB) B.F. 130,000gns: Nick Bradley Racing / Mark Johnston

421 Dubawi (IRE) / J Wonder (USA) B.C. 850,000gns: Stroud Coleman Bloodstock

493 Dansili (GB) / Melodramatic (IRE) B.C 80,000: SackvilleDonald


Quality draft set for Tattersalls Book 1

08 October 2018

WATERSHIP Down Stud is looking forward to offering 18 regally-bred yearlings for sale at Tattersalls Book 1 this week.

Lot 325 boasts one of the best pedigrees in the sale being a son of Dubawi and star racemare Dar Re Mi. He is a full brother to Stakes winners So Mi Dar, Lah Ti Dar and the unbeaten Classic hope Too Dar Hot and his second dam, Group 1 scorer Darara, has bred no less than four top-flight winners.

He is one of two sons of Dubawi in the draft, the other being lot 421, the first foal out of Group 3 winner J Wonder. His dam is a full sister to Group 1 winner Chachamaidee and traces back to the likes of Classic winner Virginia Waters.

Lot 382 is a daughter of champion Frankel out of Listed winner Gale Force from the family of Seal of Approval while lot 277 is also bred in the purple being a daughter of the great Galileo and a half-sister to Stakes winner Chartreuse.

Progeny of first season sire Muharrar are being well received and lot 360 is a filly out of Evita. She is a three-parts sister to Listed winner Moohaarib from one of the stud’s best families – that of the aforementioned Dar Re Mi and Darara.

Lot 148 is sure to be popular being a colt by leading sire Dark Angel out of Group 3 winner Swiss Diva. Her half-sister, Poetry, by Kingman, won a Listed race in France just last week.

Another son of Dark Angel on offer is lot 291, a half-brother to five winners including Stakes performers My Catch, Vladmir, Pearl Sea and Natural.

Lot 79 is a full brother to Group 2 winner War Decree (by War Front) whist lot 64 is a daughter of Sea The Stars closely related to Stakes winner Biographer from the family of Hector Protector and Bosra Sham.

All horses are available for viewing at Tattersalls Highflyer Paddocks and the sale takes place from 9-11 October inclusive.

Lots for sale:

34 Siyouni (FR) / Phiz (GER) B.C.

64 Sea The Stars (IRE) / Reflective (USA) B.F.

65 Oasis Dream (GB) / Rehn's Nest (IRE) B.C.

79 War Front (USA) / Royal Decree (USA) B.F.

138 Le Havre (IRE) / Stella Bellissima (IRE) B.C.

140 Siyouni (FR) / Stirring Ballad (GB) Ch.C.

148 Dark Angel (IRE) / Swiss Diva (GB) Gr.C.

190 Kingman (GB) / Wannabe Loved (GB) B.C.

200 Lope de Vega (IRE) / Yakshini (IRE) Br.F.

277 Galileo (IRE) / Bufera (IRE) Br.F.

291 Dark Angel (IRE) / Catch The Sea (IRE) B.C.

315 Lope de Vega (IRE) / Crysdal (GB) B.F.