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Pride of place in mating decisions

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Pride Of Dubai was an excitement machine during his short time on the track and he is now receiving every opportunity to succeed in the second phase of his career. TDN AusNZ chatted to Tim Stakemire about the mating plans for Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum's broodmare band, including those to visit the star colt in his third season.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum shared in the ownership of the colt and has retained an involvement in the now Coolmore-based stallion.

His powerful Al Adiyaat breeding and racing operation will send a decorated band of broodmares to Pride Of Dubai’s court this season with Melbourne-based bloodstock manager Tim Stakemire confirming seven of their top end prospects for the dual Group 1 winner in his third season.

Among them is Amanee (Pivotal {GB}), the South African top-flight winner of the Greyville Thekwini St., who is out of a three-quarter sister to the influential Kingmambo (USA) (Mr Prospector {USA}. Amanee has been covered by Deep Impact(JPN) (Sunday Silence {USA}) in the last two years.

Pride of Dubai

Well-bred mares locked in

Also heading to Pride of Dubai - who won the G1 ATC Sires’ Produce S., and the G1 Blue Diamond S. during a five-start career, are Moosirra (Redoute’s Choice), Sayuri San (Fuji Kiseki) (JPN), Faayza (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}), La Nehaya (Husson) and Star On High (USA) (Fusaichi Pegasus {USA}).

“Moosirra is a half-sister to Musir, Merhee and Moofeed and a family that Sheikh Mohammed is very fond of,” Stakemire said.

Sayuri San is another mare with a deep pedigree and is in foal to Fastnet Rock.

“She is one of our favourite mares, having produced four Group winners including Rumya (G1 Greyville Golden Slipper) and Badawiya (G2 Edward Manifold S.,) and this dam is a direct descendent of the great Emancipation,” Stakemire said. It is also the family of the Group 1 winners Railings (NZ) (Zabeel {NZ}), Virage de Fortune (Anabaa {USA}) and Stratum Star (Stratum).

Faayza is a half-sister to the G1 Vinery Stud S., winner Hiyaam (NZ) (High Chaparral {IRE}). “They are from the great Eight Carat family,” Stakemire said.

The unraced La Nehaya features a turf immortal as she is out of Endless (GB) (Sadler’s Wells {USA}). “She is a half-sister to Kind, the dam of Frankel,” Stakemire said. “Star On High’s dam is a half-sister to multiple Group 1 winners in Europe, including Peeping Fawn."

Other top stallions targeted

The well-related Bella Sunday (Sunday Silence {USA}) is the dam of G1 Golden Slipper runner-up Oohood (I Am Invincible) and a half-sister to the leading sire Not A Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice). She is booked to be served by Caravaggio (USA) (Scat Daddy {USA}), an unbeaten dual Group 1 winning 2-year-old, who returned to win a Group 1 at three.

Bella Sunday was covered last year by Sooboog (Snitzel), the Kitchwin Hills stallion in which the Sheikh is also involved.

“It’s a great family that just keeps producing good horses.” - Tim Stakemire

Meanwhile, Bint Dubai (High Chaparral {IRE}) who is a half-sister to Pride of Dubai will be served this year by Not A Single Doubt, while Mefnooda (Medaglia D’Oro {USA}) - a daughter of One World (Danehill {USA}), is off to Snitzel.

“Other mares and fillies that will retire to stud next year include Hiyaam, Oohood and El Estoora.” Stakemire said. The latter, who has raced once, was an $800,000 Karaka purchase last year and is a daughter of the stakes winner and Group 1 performer Diamond Like (Danehill {USA}).

The mating decisions are a result of a combined exercise involving Sheikh Mohammed, Stakemire and Al Adiyaat’s Dubai-based Director Mohamed Khaleel.