Darley sire Dubawi was in demand again during the first of two sessions at the Italian Select yearling sale in Milan on Friday.
The Dubawi – Kathy College (College Chapel) colt topped proceedings when he was knocked down to Richard O’Gorman, acting on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed, for 190,000 euros (AUD 267,015). Catalogued as Lot 50, the Dubawi colt was offered by Azienda Agricola Rosati Colarieti and is a half-brother to Italian stakes performer Rosendhal (Indian Ridge). Their dam Kathy College was a G3 winner of the 2002 Premio Omenoni.
Dubawi is all the rage at the sales and the races in Europe this season. He topped the Tattersalls Ireland yearling sale on Thursday when one of his colts made 65,000 euros (AUD 91,130).
Darley sire Ad Valorem was also popular in Milan with a colt from Secrete Marina (Mujadil) that made 130,000 euros (AUD 182,695) to the bid of leading local buyer Scuderia Incolinx. He is a half-brother to Sheikh Hamdan’s filly Joanna (High Chaparral), a G2 winner of the Prix de Sandringham who was last seen finishing runner-up in the G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest.
Scuderia Incolinx owner Diego Romeo races 2010 G2 Derby Italiano winner Worthadd (Dubawi). The colt returned for a late season campaign with a first-up victory in Milan last Sunday.
Romeo also acquired a Singspiel brother to Listed winners Zar Solitario and Solista for 95,000 euros (AUD 133,505) and a Soviet Star brother to Italian and German highweight Pressing for 70,000 euros (AUD 98,375). He paid the same price for an Authorized half-sister to G2 Premio Guido Berardelli winner Fisich (Halling).
Another first crop filly by Darley’s English Derby winner Authorized made 105,000 euros (AUD 147,560). She is from a half to G1 Irish Derby runner-up Glyndebourne and was purchased by Scuderia Rencati.
At the end of the first session, the Milan auction’s average of 34,956 (AUD 49,125) was 23% up on last year.