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Dubai Millennium

Dubai Millennium
Sire Seeking The Gold
Dam Colorado Dancer
Grandsire Mr. Prospector
Damsire Shareef Dancer
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1996
Country Great Britain
Color Bay
Breeder Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Owner Godolphin Stables
Trainer Saeed bin Suroor
Record 10: 9-0-0
Earnings $4,452,047
Summary
Dubai Millennium is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Colorado Dancer by Seeking The Gold. He was born around 1996 in Great Britain, and was bred by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Major wins
Predominate Stakes (1999)
Prix Eugène Adam (1999)
Prix Jacques Le Marois (1999)
Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1999)
Dubai World Cup (2000)
Prince of Wales's Stakes (2000)
Awards
Timeform rating: 140
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on December 9, 2006

Dubai Millennium (1996–2001) was a racehorse owned by the Godolphin Stables, who raced predominantly in Europe. He was by Seeking The Gold, out of Colorado Dancer. He is considered one of the best racehorses from 1990 onwards.

Dubai Millennium was foaled on 20 March 1996. He was initially named Yazaar and sent as a 2-year-old to be trained by David Loder, which was the policy of Godolphin at the time. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, owner of Godolphin, was desperate to win the 2000 Dubai World Cup and asked Loder which of his current 2-year-olds would stand the best chance of fulfilling this ambition. Loder selected Yazaar and he became Dubai Millennium.

Dubai Millennium made his debut as a two year old at Yarmouth race course, over a mile. He started odds-on favorite and won by five lengths despite being eased down by jockey Frankie Dettori in the closing stages. At three, he was aimed at the Epsom Derby, easily winning his two preparatory races. The Derby, run over a mile and a half, proved to be too long a distance for him, and he wasn't good enough to make the frame. It would be the only time he was beaten.

He ran three more times as a three year old, always winning easily, including a six length victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot Racecourse. The following year he would achieve his most famous victory — The 2000 Dubai World Cup. A plan two years in the making culminated with a six-length victory against horses of questionable quality. Dubai Millennium was given a Timeform rating of 140 for this performance — the highest in the world since Dancing Brave achieved the same mark in 1986, and only beaten by six horses in the 20th Century. After another comprehensive victory in the Prince Of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot the racing world eagerly anticipated a race against the other superstar horse of the era, Montjeu. Unfortunately this clash never materialised due to Dubai Millennium's injury enforced retirement.

Unfortunately, Dubai Millennium died of grass sickness a year after retiring to stud, only producing one crop of offspring. Amongst these was Dubawi, winner of the Group 1 National Stakes at 2 and the Irish 2,000 Guineas and Prix Jacques Le Marois at 3. Dubawi has gone on to be an early success at stud, siring the winner of the 2010 2000 Guineas, Makfi.

Pedigree

Pedigree of Dubai Millennium
Sire
Seeking The Gold
Mr. Prospector Raise a Native Native Dancer
Raise You
Gold Digger Nashua
Sequence
Con Game Buckpasser Tom Fool
Busanda
Broadway Hasty Road
Flitabout
Dam
Colorado Dancer
Shareef Dancer Northern Dancer Nearctic
Natalma
Sweet Alliance Sir Ivor
Mrs Peterkin
Fall Aspen Pretense Endeavour II
Imitation
Change Water Swaps
Portage

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