The stallion of Dalham Hall Stud Poet’s Voice boasts a significant record indeed. The winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, with his second crop of three-year-olds, has so far produced six stakes winners, but half of them were successful in a classic race. The last triumph arrived this Sunday when his son Poetic Dream won the Mehl-Mülhens Rennen (Gr.2), the German 2,000 Guineas.
Poetic Dream thus joined Mi Raccomando, who took the Premio Regina Elena, the Italian 1,000 Guineas, last week and Poeta Diletto, who won the Premio Parioli, the Italian 2,000 Guineas. Besides them, the successful progeny of Poet’s Voice in stakes races included the four-time black-type winner in Italy Voice of Love, the winner of the Gr.3 Oh So Sharp Stakes Poet’s Vanity and the Australia-bred My Country, who won the listed Lancaster Stakes. A stakes victory has evaded another filly produced during the stallion’s stay in Australia, Perfect Rhyme, but she should definitely not be omitted as she was the runner up in the Gr. 1 AJC Australian Oaks in April.
In the first crops, Poet’s Voice produced six black-type winners and this makes him the most successful son of Dubawi at stud in Europe. Last year, this position was held by the 2,000 Guineas winner Makfi, but he was bought late in the year by the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association and left Europe. The stallion, who produced, when owned by Qatar Bloodstock, in his first year at Tweenhills Farm the winner of the Poule d’Essai des Poulains and Prix de la Foret Make Believe, moved after four seasons in England to Haras de Bonneval, where he spent two seasons before being sold to Japan. So far he has produced fifteen black-type winners, of whom seven were foaled in the Southern Hemisphere, but they include three of four Makfi’s Gr.1 winners, including the winners of the AJC Australian Oaks Sofia Rosa and Bonneval.
When Bonneval took the AJC Australian Oaks, followed by the runner-up Perfect Rhyme, on April 8, it was, so far, the biggest achievement of Dubawi’s sons at stud, underlined by the fact that their sires were at that time the only sons of Dubawi with three-year-old progeny on the racecourse. Today, Dubawi has significantly more sons at stud and the number is growing of those whose progeny just arrive on the racecourse. This year we can see the first two-year-olds by the four time Gr.1 winner , but unfortunately the first crop of the subfertile stallion is not numerous and consists of just around twenty progeny. The winner of the Derby Italiano Worthadd has his first two-year-olds too but he was not much demanded and his first crop is not numerous either.
The stronger wave is yet to come. The biggest ace is arguably the winner of the 2,000 Guineas and Lockinge Stakes Night of Thunder, based at Kildangan Stud, who covered 144 mares in his first season last year. A high demand and support should make the stud debut easier for the French Derby winner New Bay, who launched his stud career this year at Ballylinch Stud, Ireland.
These two have the potential to expand significantly the number of black-type winners, whose grandfather in the direct line is Dubawi. Dubawi is often presented as the biggest European rival of Galileo (the damsire of Night of Thunder, among others), but as the sire of sires he lags behind him significantly. This is also due to the fact that Dubawi arrived at stud four years later than Galileo. The latter, however, had four years ago two sons – sires of Gr. 1 winners – Teofilo and New Approach and you will surely remember the rocket start of New Approach who had two classic winners, Dawn Approach and Talent, in his very first crop. Dubawi’s start was slower and the quality of his partners improved gradually and continues to improve – see the recent article of James Thomas in Racing Post on his two-year-olds this year. Whether they include another star and a potential stallion we are to see in a couple of years time.