Dubawi, Godolphin’s brilliant winner of the Irish 2000 Guineas and Prix Jacques le Marois, has been retired after suffering an injury to a hind ligament.
The three-year-old has been the star progeny of his ill-fated sire Dubai Millennium and had been due to run in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Belmont Park on October 29.
Dubawi made his final racecourse appearance when finishing runner-up to Starcraft in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes last month.
The Godolphin team, led by jockey Frankie Dettori, paid glowing tributes on their website, www.godolphin.com.
Dettori, who rode Dubawi on all but one of his eight starts, said: “Dubawi was a real champion as a two-year-old and won a Classic for me this year – that performance in the Irish 2000 Guineas was probably his best run.
“He gave me a fantastic ride in the Derby and proved how good he was by winning the Prix Jacques le Marois and was unlucky not to win the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
“He was a great horse to be around, very tough and very good. He had excellent cruising speed and a tremendous turn of foot. Dubawi achieved a lot during his career but there is plenty more he could have done.”
Trainer Saeed bin Suroor said: “We are going to miss him at Godolphin – he was the best three-year-old we had.
“He won a Group One as a two-year-old and two more this year including a Classic. He was also third in the Vodafone Derby and second in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
“Dubawi showed his class before he raced – he always had plenty of speed - which gave me the confidence he would be a good horse.
“He is a very relaxed horse, very quiet. He concentrated and focused on his work – he wanted to be the star and he was. I am sure he is going to take his place among the best stallions in the world.”
Kerrin McEvoy, Godolphin’s second retained rider who partnered Dubawi to victory in the Jacques le Marois at Deauville in August, said: “Dubawi supplied me with one of my biggest wins.
“He was one of the best horses I have ridden and it is a shame his career has been cut short – he was a pleasure to be around.”
Godolphin racing manager, Simon Crisford, added: “It was a joy to have Dubawi within Godolphin. He was a great racehorse who performed at the highest level as a two-year-old and throughout his Classic campaign.
“He was such an exciting colt and gave everything he had in his races.”
Dubawi won five times, going through his two-year-old career unbeaten in three runs culminating in the Group One National Stakes at the Curragh.
After finishing fifth in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket when unsuited by the fast ground, he won the Irish equivalent by a cosy two lengths from Oratorio, the subsequent winner of the Coral-Eclipse and Irish Champion Stakes.
A creditable third in the Derby when he did not last out the mile-and-a-half trip, he beat older horses and the previously unbeaten filly Divine Proportions in the Prix Jacques le Marois before his final race in the QEII.
He had been a best-priced 5-1 with Ladbrokes for the Breeders’ Cup Mile.