Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Family affair for Dabirsim team

German celebrations in Paris on Sunday were not confined to those who came up with a stunning winner of the greatest prize on the European turf in Danedream.



Earlier in the afternoon a group of their compatriots had assembled on the podium after the Prix Lagadere, in which Dabirsim had set a daunting standard for whichever colt might end up staking his own claims as champion juvenile in the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

Now unbeaten in five starts, Dabirsim looks better with every fresh challenge and appeared to get Frankie Dettori out of a tight spot as he rode his 500th Group winner at Longchamp.

Still last as he entered a seventh furlong for the first time, Dabirsim hurtled through a gap on the rail to confirm himself another remarkably astute discovery by German bloodstock experts. Danedream herself had cost only €9,000 (£7,700) as a yearling, while Dabirsim fetched no more than €30,000 (£25,600). His Japanese sire, Hat Trick, is little known in Europe but Simon Springer was insistent that he must have the tall, dark colt as soon as he spotted him at the Deauville sales.

Needless to say, Springer now has the chance of trousering a huge profit — and few would be surprised if Dabirsim happened to reappear next spring in the royal blue of Dettori's employers at Godolphin. But his racing manager, Olaf Profft, is adamant Springer will not contemplate a sale until such time as it becomes necessary to arrange his stud career.

“We had some big offers for him after he won the Prix Morny, and we'll probably get more now,” Profft said.

“But we don't want to sell — it would be like selling family. His name combines those of David, Simon's son; Birgitte, his wife; and Simon himself. We are here to have fun, and we are living the moment.”

Profft also stressed the role of Christophe Ferland, the 35-year-old who has supervised the colt's emergence. “We have found the best young trainer in France,” he declared.

“The horse has done enough for this year, so he won't go on to the Breeders' Cup, but we definitely have it in mind for next season.

“On that basis, I think we would aim to give him a light campaign in Europe next year and keep him fresh.”

Though some bookmakers are quoting him prominently in betting on the Qipco 2,000 Guineas, Profft said that the first of those races would instead be the French version, back at Longchamp.

Last year’s Irish Derby winner Cape Blanco is to be retired to stud after sustaining a knee injury when winning at Belmont Park in America on Saturday.

The-four-year-old colt, trained by Aidan O'Brien, just held Dean's Kitten by a nose in the Joe Hirsch Classic Invitational.

"Cape Blanco is an extremely talented and courageous horse with a tremendous attitude so we will all be very sad to see him leave Ballydoyle," said O'Brien.

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