The cheery blue color of dayflowers
(Commelina communis) -- so named because each flower lasts but a day -- does nothing to dispel some pity I feel for them.
You can imagine my surprise when, at the nursery the other day, I spotted a plant with foliage closely resembling that of the Asiatic dayflower
except for one crucial difference: it was variegated with broad blotches of pink and white.
The first were Dayflower
and Blush Rambler, then the following year we brought out Balanchine, and that was really the start of Godolphin.
Seemar put his name permanently in the record books ten years ago, when Dayflower
paved the way for Godolphin by wintering with Seemar in Dubai before returning to Newmarket to finish fifth in the 1993 1,000 Guineas.
First UAE trainer to saddle winner in Europe - Dayflower
, in 1992, his only previous runner in Britain.
lRacing history is made when the Maktoum Al Maktoum-owned Dayflower
(Satish Seemar/Walter Swinburn) becomes the first horse trained in Dubai to win in England when taking the fillies' ten-furlong event at York from Helvellyn (Henry Cecil/Michael Roberts.
I took Dayflower
to Dubai in 1992 and entered her for the 1,000 Guineas, to the surprise of everybody.
The first Dubai-based horse to run in the 1,000 Guineas was Dayflower
Seemar, who trained Godolphin's first winner in Britain, Dayflower
, donates his contributor's fee to the charity every month.
DUBAI champion trainer Satish Seemar, best known in Britain for saddling Godolphin's first winner Dayflower
in 1992, faces a hefty fine after traces of a steroid were found in one of his horses.
That paved the way for Dayflower
in 1993, and look where they are now, just eight years later.
One of the more interesting runners, but nevertheless a 33-1 outsider, was Dayflower
, owned by Sheikh Mohammed and trained by UAE-based Satish Seemar.
When, that year, Dayflower
left Henry Cecil's yard for Dubai, the vanguard of Godolphin, it reflected and deepened a crack in communication.
No-one knew, when Dettori partnered Dayflower
for Satish Seemar in the 1993 1,000 Guineas, how far that was going to lead.
The Corona Borealis directly overhead these June evenings tells you that lilies and dayflowers
, trumpet creepers and sweet clover are coming in all across the land.