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Darain Debut Worth The Wait in Gold

Thursday, 9th July 2020

It’s been a long time coming, but 2018’s uber expensive Tattersalls Yearling Sale Book-1 sale-topper Darain (Dubawi-Dar Re Mi, by Singspiel) has finally hit the racecourse, with UK bookies wishing he hadn’t. Despite his pedigree suggesting he’d be a sprinter-miler, the 3.5 million guineas (approximately A$7 million) yearling made his debut at Newbury on Wednesday. Owned by Qatar Racing and his breeder Watership Downs Stud (Andrew and Madeleine Lloyd Webber), Darain was sent to post a $3 chance for trainer John Gosden over 10 furlongs. By the time the field passed the winning post it was clear the price was a gift; the blueblood finished almost 5-lengths clear of his rivals. A full-brother to Darley’s Champion European 2YO and exceptional 3YO Too Darn Hot as well as to Gr1-placed Group winners Lah Ti Dar and So Mi Dar, Darain’s pedigree is literally dripping in purple-tinged breeding royalty and as deep as the Kimberley hole. The cliché ‘an embarrassment of riches’ is, for once, woefully inadequate. Suffice to say, if one needs to know the potential price of one of these equine equivalents of a Cullinan diamond, then clearly one can’t afford it. The next best option is to beat a path to Darley in the hope of getting a mare into first season sire Too Darn Hot. At $44,000 it’s not cheap – life's fineries seldom are – but with hindsight it might prove as prescient as taking the $3 about Darain on debut.

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