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Dunboyne Express Wins the Leopardstown 2000 Guineas trial Stakes at Leopardstown 27.03.2011

Dunboyne Express: races in the colours of his breeder John Connaughton

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Shamardal and Dubawi hold aces in Guineas

DARLEY'S hot young sires Dubawi and Shamardal go head to head today in the Abu Dhabi Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh today.

The pair were the leading first-season sires by individual winners and prize-money in 2009 and enjoyed a prolific 2010, when Dubawi had Makfi and Poet's Voice score at the top level and Shamardal's Lope De Vega landed two French Classics.

In Dubawi Gold and Dunboyne Express, the pair have leading chances of securing a first Irish Classic in a race that Dubawi himself won in 2005.


Dubawi Gold has been through the sales ring four times, first when sold to Gerard Hourigan for 42,000gns at the Tattersalls December sale when offered from Stanley House Stud.


Peter Doyle paid £85,000 for him at the DBS Premier Yearling sale before he was bought by Dwayne Woods for 160,000gns at the Craven breeze-up sale. He passed through the Tattersalls ring again at the October horses-in-training sale, when unsold at 130,000gns.


His dam, Savannah Belle, is by Green Desert and won over 5f at two. She is out of the Ribblesdale Stakes winner Third Watch and also producedthe smart handicapper Salient.


Dunboyne Express was bred by his owner, John Connaughton, who offered him at the Tattersalls October yearling sale where he was unsold at 48,000gns.


His is out of Love Excelling, by Polish Precedent, and is a half-sister to Oaks winner Love Divine who produced St Leger hero Sixties Icon. Love Excelling was well beaten on her sole start and Dunboyne Express is her fourth foal.




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