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Why Ghaiyyath holds the key to unlocking the most prize money in Australia
Ghaiyyath, the four-time G1-winning son of Dubawi who beat Enable and Stradivarius

There has never been a better time to own a horse at the top levels of Australian racing, especially when it comes to races over the mile.

We took a moment to hone in on the 2021/22 racing season thus far and look at where prize money versus distance, is distributed - it may just surprise you!


  1. Total prize money: $128,911,250
  2.  Average prize money per race: $358,087
  3.  Black Type races: 358; 31 G1s, 61 G2s, 105 G3s, 154 Listed, nine Restricted Listed


  1. Total prize money: $115,237,250
  2. Average prize money per race: $492,467
  3. Black Type races: 232; 43 G1s, 35 G2s, 60 G3s, 94 Listed

Key races over this mile distance: Makybe Diva Stakes, George Main Stakes, Flight Stakes, Epsom Handicap, Caulfield Guineas, Toorak Handicap, Thousand Guineas, Champions Mile, Railway Stakes, Chipping Norton Stakes, Randwick Guineas, Australian Guineas, All-star Mile, Queen of the Turf, Champagne Stakes and the JJ Atkins.

With that in mind, Ghaiyyath becomes the perfect choice for breeders looking to maximise their success in the sales ring and on the racetrack.

To summarise the appeal of Ghaiyyath, he has the;

  1. Perfect Performance: Four-time G1-winning son of Dubawi, beating Enable and Stradivarius.
  2. Perfect Breeding: The highest-rated son of Dubawi from a G1-winning Galileo mare, bred on the same cross as Night Of Thunder.
  3. Perfect Sales Horse: A €1.1 million (AUD $1.6 million) foal at Goffs.

Ghaiyyath, the Longines World’s Best Racehorse and Cartier Horse of the Year for 2020, is the best-ever son of the great Dubawi. Dubawi, who now has 50 individual G1 winners, was the leading sire at the Royal Ascot carnival this year after G1 Platinum Jubilee Stakes winner Naval Crown gave him a fifth success - two more than Galileo and Kingman.

Ghaiyyath, had the perfect performance putting not one, not two, but three of the four best performances of any racehorse in the world in 2020. Winning nine races and placed three times during his stellar 13-start career. Eight of his wins were at Stakes level, including four G1s.

Ghaiyyath was a high-class two- and three-year-old who broke his maiden at Newmarket by five lengths before taking out the G3 Autumn Stakes. As a four-year-old, he won the G1 Grosser Preis von Baden over 2,400m at Baden-Baden in Germany by an incredible 14 lengths.

At five, he won the G1 Juddmonte International (beating Magical) over 2,100m at York, set a track record of 2min 25.89sec for 2,400m in the G1 Coronation Cup at Newmarket, and defeated the 11-time G1 winner Enable in the G1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes over 2,000m at Sandown.

Ghaiyyath recorded three of the top four Timeform performances of 2020 and retired to stud with a lofty rating of 133.

Along with his perfect performance was this perfect breeding, He is by Dubawi from a G1-winning Galileo mare, Nightime. He is bred on the same cross Night Of Thunder, who recorded 22% Stakes winners to runners in his first crop, outperforming both his sire (15%) and his broodmare sire (13%).

In Australia last season, the stallion was fully booked, covering the triple G1 winner Jameka and Stakes-producing mares including the dams of Alegron, Southern Moon and Dalasan.

Others included O’Giselle, a full-sister to Lonhro and the dam of Group winners Zakouski, Albrecht and King’s Command. Smooth, a full-sister to Pierro; Unsettling, a half-sister to Melbourne Cup winner Shocking; and Lady Amhurst, a daughter of Exceed And Excel out of the New Zealand Oaks winner Savaria were also mated.

Ghaiyyath has proven he is the perfect sales horse, himself a €1.1 million (AUD $1.6 million) foal at Goffs. He set the ring a light at Magic Millions with three in-foal mares in high demand. Radiance sold for $410,000, Silhouette fetched $300,000 and Brilliance stopped the gavel at $260,000.

So, it’s no surprise that Ghaiyyath’s return to Australia next month is highly anticipated as the four-time G1 winner prepares for a second season at stud at Northwood Park in Victoria standing for a service fee of $27,500 including GST.


* Data at 30 June 2022 for the 2012/22 racing season. Black Type races in Australia, The Everest (1,200m, prize money of $15 million), The Golden Eagle (1,500m, prize money of $10 million) and The All-Star Mile (1,600m, prize money of $5 million) races have been included for the purpose of owners appetite to win them.