Almanaar becomes the latest top-level winner for dazzling Dubawi
Shadwell homebred lands the Gulfstream Park Handicap
Dubawi's already lengthy roll of top-flight winners grew again as the formerly French-raced Almanaar scored a narrow verdict in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap on Saturday.
Shadwell's homebred five-year-old gelding won the Prix Paul de Moussac and Prix Daphnis, both Group 3s, for Freddy Head in 2015.
Since being transferred to the care of Chad Brown in the US last September he has finished fourth and third in allowance races at Belmont last year and second in the Grade 2 Ft Lauderdale Stakes at Gulfstream Park last month.
His Grade 1 victory back at the same course on Saturday came at the expense of Beach Patrol (by Lemon Drop Kid), later demoted to fourth by the stewards, with All Included (Include) promoted to second and War Correspondent (War Front) third.
Almanaar becomes the 27th individual Group/Grade 1 winner by Dalham Hall Stud flagbearer Dubawi, who commands a fee of £250,000 for the coming breeding season.
He joins the likes of Classic heroes Makfi and Night Of Thunder and multiple Group 1 scorers Al Kazeem, Hunter's Light and Postponed.
Almanaar is the sixth foal out of the Bahhare mare Baqah, winner of the Group 2 Prix de Sandringham and third in the Falmouth Stakes, making him a half-brother to non-black-type winners Funon and Ross Raith Rover.
Baqah is a half-sister to Listed-placed pair Jardaa and Rakiza, out of Filfilah, a winning Cadeaux Genereux half-sister to Grade 2 Sky Classic Handicap winner Muntej. Filfilah is a granddaughter of Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Brave Raj.
Baqah has a yearling colt by Exceed And Excel and was covered by Sepoy last year.