Space Blues bridges past and present with Prix Maurice de Gheest win
Dubawi colt traces back to the inaugural winner Zabira
Those delving a little deeper into the pedigree of Space Blues - winner of the Group 1 LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on Sunday - may be surprised to discover he traces all the way to the top-class sprinting mare Zariba, winner of the very first Prix Maurice de Gheest in 1922.
The four-year-old colt is trained by Charlie Appleby and flew home under William Buick, seeing off the Kodiac colt Hello Youmzain in second and the Lope De Vega colt Lope Y Fernandez in third.
Space Blues became the 43rd top-flight winner for his sire Dubawi, the son of Dubai Millennium who commanded a £250,000 fee in his 15th covering season at Darley's Dalham Hall Stud this year.
Space Blues landed the Group 2 Lennox Stakes on his previous start and was a close third to Advertise in the Prix Maurice De Gheest last year.
The star sprinter is a Godolphin homebred and the sixth foal out of the Noverre mare Miss Lucifer, also the dam of Shuruq, a mile Group 2 winner at Meydan.
Space Blues also shares his page with the 1,000 Guineas heroine Virginia Waters and Matron Stakes scorer Chachamaidee.
Miss Lucifer has a two-year-old Night Of Thunder filly named Beautiful Future in training with Appleby, was not covered in 2018, and produced a Dark Angel filly foal this year.
She returned to Dubawi in the spring, a mating which will result in a full-sibling to Space Blues.
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