Stallion Dubai Excellence Believed to be in Ukraine

The Blood-Horse has learned that the search for the stallion Dubai Excellence, a half-brother to Dubai Millennium, has turned to Ukraine, the former Russian territory which is an independent country.

This is where the horse thought to be Samood, who has just been identified as the stallion believed initially to be Dubai Excellence in Australia, is meant to have gone, sources close to the situation have said.

Michael Ford, keeper of the Australian Stud Book, confirmed earlier this week that recent DNA tests have confirmed a stallion presently in Australia and believed to have been Dubai Excellence, is actually Samood, an Irish-bred son of Caerleon out of the Ahonoora mare Park Appeal.

"It seems that the mix-up occurred when both stallions shared a paddock near Newmarket in England" Ford said. "The wrong stallion left for Europe instead of going into quarantine for his trip to Australia."

Weatherbys, the keepers of the British stud book, is seeking blood and DNA samples from that horse who could be Dubai Excellence. The issue is complicated by the fact there is no Ukraine stud book, while the keeper of the Russian stud book, under whose authority Thoroughbreds in Ukraine come, is currently on holiday.

It is also understood that neither Weatherbys nor the Russian stud book have formal records of the horse thought to be Samood standing as a stallion in Ukraine. Samood is a half-brother to successful stallion Cape Cross.

Weatherbys has relied on DNA to identify and check parentage since 2000, but Samood, an 8-year-old, came under the old blood-typing identification scheme.

They used their own laboratory in Ireland to identify blood samples from the stallion imported as Dubai Excellence into Australia as coming from Samood. As a further check, DNA from Samood's dam Park Appeal matched DNA from the stallion in Australia.

Therefore the real Samood is in Australia and, more than likely, the real Dubai Excellence, a 6-year-old by Highest Honor out of Colorado Dancer, is in Ukraine, the sources, who requested anonymity, told The Blood-Horse.

Both horses were bred by Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stud. Dubai Excellence was sold by Darley in early January to Ted Van Heemst's Evergreen Stud near Perth, Western Australia, while Samood is believed to have been purchased around the same time by Ukranian interests, the sources said.

Both horses are then understood to have left Darley's direct care for a livery yard before being dispatched to their respective destinations and this is where a mix-up may have occurred, according to those familiar with the case, but investigations have not yet been concluded.

Van Heemst had sold 80 seasons to Dubai Excellence for the breeding season that begins in Australia next month.

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Mark Popham

Mark Popham also writes for The Blood-Horse, sister magazine to The Horse.

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