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Dubawi Heights with Joel Rosario up wins the Gamely Stakes at Hollywood Park May 30, 2011

Dubawi Heights: a European bred on a stellar day of Grade 1 races

  PICTURE: Alex Evers/EquiSport Photos  


US Grade 1 round-up: Europe strikes in three

GALILEO's son Cape Blanco, Monsun's daughter Stacelita and the Dubaw ifilly Dubawi Heights ensured a European imprint on a stellar day of Grade 1 races at Belmont and Santa Anita  with their respective victories in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic International, Flower Bowl Invitational, and Yellow Ribbon Stakes.

A €330,000 yearling, Cape Blanco was adding to his sire's annus mirabilis and came on the same day his son Quest For Peace landed the Group 3 Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot.  Cape Blanco's  pedigree is an intriguing one as his dam Laurel Delight was a useful sprinter and a half-sister to Paris House.

Staceilta, winner of the 2009 French Oaks and last year's  Prix Jean Romanet  at Deauville last year,  was landing a second successive US Grade 1 and gave her sire a 30th worldwide Gr 1 win in the last 11 years. Her dam Soignee is out of another German stallion stalwart in Dashing Blade and was a Listed-winning juvenile in Germany. Her half-brother Simoun (by Monsun) won the Group 2 Hansa-Preis and Grosser Mercedes-Benz Preis.

A 72,000gns yearling, Dubawi Heights is out of the Sauve Dancerf mare Rosie's Posy, a half-sister to Group 1 Haydock Sprint winner Tante Rose out of the Irish 1,000 Guineas third My Branch. She was a second Gr 1 winner of the weekend for her sire following the Randwick success of Secret Admirer.

Landmark win for Giant's Causeway

Coolmore US sire Giant's Causeway secured a landmark 20th Grade 1 winner when the juvenile Creative Cause landed the Norfolk Stakes. The $135,000 Keeneland yearling is out of the Grade 1 Apple Blosson Handicap winner Dream Of Summer.




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