Classic Winner Dubawi Injured; Retired
Date Posted: 10/7/2005 12:33:27 PM
Last Updated: 10/9/2005 9:18:48 AM

Irish 2,000 Guineas (Ire-I) winner Dubawi, a son of Dubai Millennium's only crop, has been retired because of an injury. He was to have started next in the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).

According to the Godolphin Web site, Dubawi "sustained an injury to a hind ligament which will prevent him from running in New York." Stud plans for the 3-year-old colt were not announced yet.

"Dubawi showed his class before he raced--he always had plenty of speed--which gave me the confidence that he would be a good horse," his trainer, Saeed bin Suroor, said.

Bred in Ireland by Sheikh Mohammed's Darley, Dubawi was a group I winner at two, taking the Dunnes Stores National Stakes at the Curragh. This year, besides the Irish Guineas, he won the Jacques le Marois (Fr-I) and ran third in the Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I). His last race was the Barclays Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-I), in which he ran second to Starcraft.

"He gave me a fantastic ride in the Derby and proved how good he was by winning the Prix Jacques le Marois and was unlucky not to win the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes," jockey Frankie Dettori said.

"He was a great horse to be around, very tough and very good. He had excellent cruising speed and a tremendous turn of foot.

Kerrin McEvoy, Godolphin's second retained rider who took over on Dubawi in the Marois when Dettori was injured, said: "Dubawi supplied me with one of my biggest wins. He was one of the best horses I have ridden and it is a shame that his career has been cut short--he was a pleasure to be around."

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