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Just As Well - Raven's Pass And E Dubai Continue Family Success

Just As Well at Spring Valley Stud. Image: Candiese Marnewick

As more of Just As Well's first impressive foals are born this season, the stallion's relatives through his dam-line are doing the business overseas, producing Group winners internationally. Just As Well, a Gr 1 winner with an impeccable pedigree is an exciting sire prospect in KZN.

Raven's Pass, related to Just As Well through his third dam Right Word, is currently lying second in the Top Ten First Season Sires in Britain and Ireland, by total prize money earned, behind New Approach.

Raven's Pass, by Elusive Quality out of Ascutney by Lord At War, stands at Darley in Europe and already has a 28% winners to runners percentage, his top-performer being a horse called Steeler (out of Discreet Brief by Daarshaan).

An 80,000 Gns purchase from the 2011 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Steeler recently won the Gr 2 Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket at the end of September and broke the course record in the process, after coming off a victory in the Stardom Stakes Listed at Goodwood. He has also placed at York in the Gr 3 Acomb Stakes.

Raven's Pass other Stakes Placed progeny include Glean (out of Harvest Queen by Spinning World), who placed third in the Gr 3 Somerville Tattersall Stakes. Lovely Pass (out of Macadamia by Classic Cliché) ran third in the Chesham Stakes Listed at Royal Ascot in June this year.

Another close relative is E Dubai, who falls under the second dam of Just As Well.

E Dubai is by Mr Prospector, a half-brother to the dam of Just As Well. Interestingly, the broodmare sire of E Dubai is also Lord At War, the same as Raven's Pass. E Dubai has already sired the likes of Gr 1 Breeders Cup Turf Sprint winner, Desert Code.

More recently, E Dubai has produced Gr 3 winner in New Zealand, Dubai Belle (out of Shy Dancer by Stark South). She won at Awapuni course over 1600m in heavy going over turf in the Matron Metric Mile.

E Dubai continues his success in America with his progeny, including Fort Larned (out of Arlucea by Broad Brush). He won the Gr 1 Witney Handicap at Saratoga in August on sand, as well as a Gr 3 in June, and the Gr 3 Skip Away Handicap at Gulfstream Park.

My Gi Gi, out of the mare Relish The Thought by Sadler's Wells won in June at Hollywood Park, taking home the Gr 2 Honeymoon Handicap on Turf.

Based on Just As Well's looks, pedigree, performances and that of his relatives, as well as the class of mares he has been receiving, there is little doubt we will see success from this young son of A.P. Indy.