One of the picks of the catalogue on paper was lot 77, the DUBAWI colt out of the four-time Group 1 winning DANSILI mare THE FUGUE, offered by Lord & Lady Lloyd-Webber’s Watership Down Stud. The battle to secure the good looking colt settled down to a head-to-head between David Redvers and Badgers Bloodstock’s Grant Pritchard-Gordon with Redvers proving triumphant at 1,000,000 guineas.
“We are very excited to buy this colt,” said Redvers, standing on the back wall with Sheikh Fahad. “Racehorse ownership is all about dreams, and he will give Sheikh Fahad and his brothers plenty to dream about over the next two years.
“He apparently is very different to his two full-siblings; he is a very strong colt and he vetted very well.
“Dubawi is an amazing sire and it is difficult to buy them – to have one out of such a mare as this is very exciting indeed.
“He will go to be broken in at Longholes and then will go into training with John Gosden early next year.”
The final lot to sell for 1,000,000 guineas on the opening day was the DUBAWI colt out of the LEMON DROP KID mare WITHOUT YOU BABE. Consigned by Newsells Park Stud, the colt is a half-brother to the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner TAMARKUZ and the Group 1 St James’ Palace Stakes winner WITHOUT PAROLE.
Bred by John Gunther, the DUBAWI colt was knocked down to trainer Kevin Ryan on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed Obaid.
“Sheikh Mohammed Obaid loved the horse, and he knows more about the sire than anyone – he likes to pick horses that have similarities. He told me that if I liked him to buy him – it is wonderful to be able to buy horses such as this.
“The colt has a great pedigree, is a gorgeous horse by a fantastic sire.”
Ryan has had horses for Obaid for the past season and said: “He is a lovely man to train for, very patient. He has been in the game a long time and seen the highs and the lows – there is no pressure from him. It is wonderful to have his support.”