Dubawi's Derby hope leaves rivals toiling in superb Solario display
Too Darn Hot, out of Dar Re Mi, landed the Group 3 on second start
Too Darn Hot - the hugely exciting son of Dubawi and Dar Re Mi - confirmed his Investec Derby credentials with a storming win in Saturday's Solario Stakes at Sandown.
The John Gosden-trained colt, ridden by Frankie Dettori, was shaken up with a furlong to go before easing to a four-length success over Camelot colt and Royal Ascot winner Arthur Kitt.
Dubawi is yet to sire a winner of the Epsom showpiece, though daughters Wild Illusion and Lady Of Dubai have both placed in the Oaks.
Too Darn Hot holds some other intriguing entries, with the Dewhurst Stakes likely to be on the radar for his connections.
The colt looks another bright prospect for Dubawi, the sire of 35 Group/Grade 1 winners who stands at Darley's Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket at a fee of £250,000.
He is one of four winners from five runners out of Dar Re Mi, who carried the Lloyd-Webbers' pink silks to win three top-flight contests – the Pretty Polly Stakes, Yorkshire Oaks and Dubai Sheema Classic – and to finish a close third to Conduit in the Breeders' Cup Turf.
The daughter of Singspiel is also dam of this season's Listed Pretty Polly Stakes winner Lah Ti Dar, Musidora Stakes scorer and Prix de l'Opera third So Mi Dar and Group 3-placed De Treville.
She appears to have clicked with Dubawi as both Lah Ti Dar and So Mi Dar are also by the son of Dubai Millennium – as is her yearling colt who is headed to Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale and her filly foal.
Indeed, Dubawi over Singspiel seems to be a recipe for success generally, as the cross is also responsible for Group 1 winners Left Hand and Wuheida, and this year's King Edward VII Stakes victor Old Persian.
Dar Re Mi is one of four top-level winners out of Darara, a daughter of Top Ville who landed the Prix Vermeille in 1986 and joined the Lloyd-Webbers' broodmare band at Watership Down Stud after being bought by Charlie Gordon-Watson for Ir470,000gns from the Aga Khan Studs draft at the Goffs November Sale in 1994.
Her fellow Group 1-winning siblings were Diaghilev, who won the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup as River Dancer, Ranvet Stakes winner Darazari and ill-fated Dubai Sheema Classic and Prince of Wales's Stakes hero Rewilding. She is also a half-sister to the Group 1-placed pair Dariyoun and Rhagaas.
Darara was in turn a half-sister to the Aga Khan's Prix du Jockey Club winner and influential sire Darshaan and to the dam of Hong Kong Vase and Coronation Cup winner Daliapour.
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