Godolphin: Three of their best buys
Following last week’s news that leading Derby hope Jack Hobbs will race in the silks of Godolphin, Timeform look back on a selection of the operation’s most successful high-profile purchases.
From the first crop of Darley sire New Approach, it was hardly surprising that Godolphin were interested in the unbeaten Dawn Approach following his game win in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. Dawn Approach, who remained under the expert tutelage of Jim Bolger, had already won four times prior to being sold, and he racked up a further two victories as a juvenile, winning the Group 1 National and Dewhurst Stakes in the Godolphin blue. It was as a three-year-old, however, that Dawn Approach would really prove Godolphin’s investment to be a wise one, winning the 2000 Guineas by five lengths and bouncing back from a Derby flop to win the St James’s Palace in a memorable dual with Toronado. Dawn Approach’s campaign finished in a bit of a whimper, disappointing in the Prix Jacques le Marois and QEII, but he’d already done more than enough to mark himself down as a top-class horse and stallion prospect.
Daylami had already won the French 2000 Guineas and then finished placed in three Group 1s by the time Godolphin acquired him from the Aga Khan, so he was hardly an unknown proposition, but he took his form to another level for the boys in blue. A successful four-year-old campaign saw wins in the Tattersalls Gold Cup, Coral-Eclipse and Man O’War Stakes, but it was the following season that Daylami established himself as an outstanding horse. Daylami won four Group 1s, impressing with his durability, versatility and brilliance, hailed in some quarters as Flat racing’s answer to Desert Orchid. The highlight of the campaign was arguably an electrifying success in the Irish Champion Stakes which saw Daylami register an eight-length victory in a manner rarely seen at the highest level.
Sulamani wasn’t the classiest horse Godolphin has ever been involved with, but he did embody the international aims of the operation, winning five Group 1s in four countries following his purchase. French Derby winner Sulamani was bought after his fast-finishing second to Godolphin’s Marienbard in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, and he provided an instant return on investment by winning the Sheema Classic at Nad al Sheba. Defeats in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and King George followed, but Sulamani bounced back with wins in the Arlington Million and Turf Classic Invitational, and he proved just as good the following season, the highlight being success in the prestigious Juddmonte International at York. Fittingly, the globe-trotting Sulamani signed off by claiming the Canadian International, retiring with a fine record of success on the global stage.
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