Raffles Rebel – AL KAZEEM (GB) – GO BETWEEN (GB)
Raffles Rebel is out of the Daggers Drawn mare Go Between, who won twice for trainer Ed Dunlop as a two and three-year-old. She has since gone on to produce four winners, most notably the useful sprint handicapper Go Nani Go. He was a six-time winner who reached a peak mark of 87.
Go Between’s other progeny include Hell Yeah, who won a mile and a half Kempton maiden on his only racecourse appearance. He had been a 70,000gns yearling purchase, who began his career with Godolphin (although he never raced for them), whilst the aforementioned Go Nani Go changed hands for £64,000 and another sibling realised 58,000gns.
A quick glance at the extended family quickly explains the commercial appeal of this pedigree.
Go Between is a half-sister to the Grp-2 Flying Childers Stakes heroine Wunders Dream, who went on to produce two black-type animals including the Listed winner Inyordreams, and the Grp-3 winner Grecian Dancer, who went on to foal the Grp-3 winning and Grp-1 placed Muffri’ha. Further siblings of Go Between include the Listed-placed Nocturn and the dam of the Listed winner Fashion Queen.
On this occasion Go Between has been paired with Dubawi‘s multiple Grp-1 winning son Al Kazeem. Trained by Roger Charlton, he earned four Grp-1 successes during a stellar racing career and has more recently overcome low fertility levels to carve out a reputation as an extremely exciting sire.
His best runner to date is Aspetar, who won the Grp-1 Preis von Europa in Germany last year and returned to form when taking the Grp-2 Sky Bet York Stakes in July. Other smart produce includes the exciting two-year-old St Lawrence, winner of the Listed Denford Stakes and fourth in the Grp-2 Superlative Stakes this season, the French Listed winner Usak and the Listed-placed sprinter Golden Spell.
Although a middle distance performance himself, Al Kazeem has quickly demonstrated his ability to get quality runners over varying trips, and this trait suggests he is a very good match for the similarly versatile Go Between.
Raffles Rebel is a strikingly attractive individual with high-class pedigree credentials. He promises to make his mark this year, but should also continue to develop and improve as he gets older.