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Cumani and Dubawi strike again with Khor Empress Stakes (Listed) 6f, 2yo fillies, Newmarket

KHOR SHEED (Dubawi - Princess Manila by Manila)

Breeder: Card Bloodstock

NINE days after Kieron Fallon won the Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot aboard Afsare, a son of Dubawi trained by Luca Cumani for owner Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum, the same team came together to produce Saturday's impressive Empress Stakes winner, Khor Sheed.

Luca Cumani Trainer

Luca Cumani: Dubawi double act

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

Khor Sheed was breaking her maiden in the Listed race, having finished second in a Haydock maiden on her sole previous run.

The owner-trainer combination of Cumani and Sheikh Mohammed Obaid also campaigned Dubawi's dam Zomaradah,  to win the Italian Oaks.

Second-season sire Dubawi is making a big impression with his first crop, including 2,000 Guineas hero Makfi and King Edward VII Stakes winner Monterosso. Khor Sheed indicates that the sire's second crop could be just as good.

Khor Sheed was bred by Card Bloodstock out of the Manila mare Princess Manila, and is the dam's seventh winner - the most notable of whom is Prix d'Ispahan scorer Prince Kirk.

She was purchased as a foal at Tattersalls by Ballyhane Stud for 22,000gns, and as a yearlingin the same sale ring by Cumani for 42,000gns. Her year-younger half-sister by Dubawi was bought by Blandford Bloodstock for 52,000gns at last year's Tattersalls November sale.

Shintoh finished second to Khor Sheed in the Empress Stakes, to become the first black-type performer for her first-season sire Sleeping Indian.

Darley sires double up at HQ
Darley sires enjoyed a Listed race double at Newmarket on Saturday afternoon, with Cape Cross supplying Betfair Fred Archer Stakes winner Laaheb.

Four-year-old Laaheb is from the same vintage of Cape Cross offspring as the outstanding Sea The Stars. He is out of the unraced Sadler's Wells mare Maskunah, a half-sister to top-class Luso, Needle Gun and Warrsan, whose previous progeny includes Listed-placed two-year-old Guarantia.

Bred by Darley, Laaheb was bought by his owner Hamdan Al Maktoum for 200,000gns at Book 1 of  the Tattersalls October yearling sale.

Cape Cross stands at Darley's Irish stallion base at Kildangan Stud, while Dubawi stands in Newmarket at Dalham Hall Stud.





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