The new Purebred Arabian stallions in France for the 2018 breeding season
France has been very fortunate to welcome Purebred Arabian stallions of the brightest quality this year. With artificial insemination, French breeders can use stallions across the world. Nonetheless, we wish to take a look at the new stallions who will be physically standing in France in 2018.
Af Al Buraq, a choice recruit for Haras de Saint-Faust
Af Al Buraq (Amer) is one of the most sought-after stallions in the United Arab Emirates. He will be standing at Haras de Saint-Faust for Shadwell in 2018. He is one of the best sons of Amer and is standing at a very attractive fee.
Af Al Buraq has already produced stakes horses and is leading sire in the United Arab Emirates on number on wins. He is the sire of Af Al Sajanjle, second in the Abu Dhabi Championship (L. PA) at Abu Dhabi, and Af Al Hazer, winner of the Arabian Triple Crown Round I (L. PA) at Abu Dhabi and third in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round III (Gr. I PA) at Meydan. Af Maqayes (Af Al Buraq) won the Al Ruwais (Gr. III PA) at Abu Dhabi. He finished second in the Mazrat Al Ruwayah (Gr. II PA) at Meydan, third in the Liwa Oasis (Gr. I PA) at Abu Dhabi and the Bani Yas (Gr. II PA) at Meydan.
The full brother to Af Albahar
His full brother, Af Albahar, is a sire of winners and Group placed in Europe and the United Arab Emirates. His son Af Mathmoon (Af Albahar) has carried the colours of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum to victory in multiple Group races, including the prestigious Kahayla Classic (Gr1 PA) at Meydan in 2016. Af Albahar is also the sire of Alsaker (Derby des Pur-Sang Arabes de 4 ans (Gr. I PA), Bint Jakkarta (Al Rayyan Cup, Gr. I PA), Istibdad (Sprinter Championship, Gr. III PA)…
Shadwell will support him
After plenty of success with No Risk Al Maury (Kesberoy), whose progeny continue to distinguish themselves, Shadwell and Haras de Saint-Faust will continue their fruitful partnership in the stallion domain. Richard Lancaster, director of Shadwell Stud, commented: « We are delighted to have the privilege to have a homebred of Mr Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda joining our stallion band, who was leading Purebred Arabian owner in the United Arab Emirates last year. He is a magnificent stallion with an excellent temperament and we hope that the European breeders will support him. He covered some of our best mares in 2017 and we are looking forward to seeing his progeny on the tracks in Europe. »
An original pedigree
By the sire of sires Amer, Af Al Buraq has the distinction of being free of the most common bloodlines in France, such as Manganate (Saint Laurent), Tidjani (Flipper), Kesberoy (Saint Laurent)… Gérard Larrieu, of Haras de Saint-Faust, commented: "We are very grateful to Sheikh Hamdan for his trust in us. It is an honour to stand this horse at Haras de Saint-Faust. This son Amer is a proven stallion. We think that he will suit a large number of French mares as he is an interesting outcross." Jean-Paul Larrieu, of Haras de Saint-Faust, added: "The horse has elicited a lot of interest. He is standing at a very attractive price and is at 3,000 euros for a natural cover, which is very advantageous for the French breeders. He has a lot of momentum right now, and the international breeders are prepared to travel to use him. He has had mares from Qatar, Tunisia, Libya… We will also actively support him, and send him some of the best mares at Haras de Saint-Faust."
|AF AL BURAQ (M15)|
Al Mourtajez, the best horse in the world, standing at Haras de Thouars
Al Mourtajez (Dahess) will begin his stallion career in 2018 at Haras de Thouars (47). This two time winner of the Qatar Arabian World Cup won a total of nine Group I PA races and over 2.1 million euros in prize money.
At 4 years old, Al Mourtajez won a Group III PA, then the Doha Cup (Gr. I PA) at Deauville. At 5 years old, he took three successive victories, including the Emir’s Sword (Gr. I PA), before retaining his crown in the Doha Cup and taking the Qatar Arabian World Cup for the first time. Al Mourtajez came back even stronger at the age of 6, when he won four successive Group I’s PA, including the Qatar Coupe d’Europe des Chevaux Arabes at Deauville by five lengths, the Qatar International Stakes by eight lengths, and the Prix Dragon by seven lengths. In his second career in the Qatar Arabian World Cup, he outclassed the opposition when winning by five lengths.
An exceptional horse
The victories, taken with such big margins at the highest international level, as well as being twice crowned Champion Arabian Horse in the world, makes him the best horse of his time in his category. His trainer, Thomas Fourcy, explained: "On the track, Al Mourtajez was a redoubtable adversary, powerful and a fighter, with stamina and an extraordinary will to win. He is an exceptional horse with many qualities, he has size and scope without being over-big. He has an excellent temperament, I think he will suit any mare. He is a horse who, without a doubt, has defined my career as a trainer, and I am looking forward to seeing his progeny."
The horse of a lifetime
Hassan Moussli, who bred Al Mourtajez, commented: "He is the horse of a lifetime (…) His action and his power are enormous. His race record is the result of good decision making. He was bred at our stud, and Thomas understood him, respected him, and trained him perfectly. Finally, Al Shaqab Racing managed his career very well. Otherwise, without a doubt the horse would have continued running. He is in magnificent condition. However, out of respect for the champion that he is, they decided to retire him to stud." Al Mourtajez stands at a fee of 7,000 euros for frozen semen and 6,000 euros for fresh. For multiple reservations, his covering fee is 5,000 euros. He is 4,000 euros for black type mares.
The family of Al Saoudi
Al Mourtajez was bred by Nada Mousalli, Faiz Al Elweet and Hassan Mousli. His sire, Dahess (Amer), was a champion racehorse before becoming a top sire. Arwa (Nuits St Georges), the dam of Al Mourtajez, is also the dam of Al Moutawakila (Al Sakbe), champion 4 year old filly in 2012, thanks to her win in the Qatar Total Arabian Trophy des Juments (Gr. I PA). Fatzica (Fatzour), Al Mourtajez’s grand dam, is the dam of the sire Azadi (Darike), one of the best French stallions, Al Saoudi (Nuits St Georges), a multiple Group I PA winner. This family also produced Al Mouhannad (Nizam), a three time winner of the Jebel Ali Racecourse Zaabeel International Stakes (Gr. I PA).
|Danie du Cassou|
|Nerva du Cassou|
|AL MOURTAJEZ (M8)|
|Nuits Saint Georges|
Aim South, a new bloodline for the French breeders
Aim South (Burning Sand), winner of seven Group Is PA, will, for the first time, be standing in France. From 2018, he will be based at Haras de Thouars. This tough horse ran sixty-three times from the age of 3 to 11 years old, and he has the distinction of being an outcross for the great majority of French mares.
Aim South arrived in France at the end of December. Emmanuel Cessac, who manages Haras de Thouars, commented: "He is free of Amer and Manganate bloodlines. Aim South therefore provides an opportunity in terms of genetic diversity, whilst still boasting a very solid pedigree and race record. His American bloodlines, Burning Sand and Sam Tiki, are particularly interesting for French breeding stock. It should be underlined that Burning Sand has produced well in France and is an excellent broodmare sire. His first two daughters to foal have produced Group winners. He was himself a remarkable racehorse. His record attests to this: over 400,000 dollars in prize money from sixty-three races, with nineteen wins and twenty places. He ran from the age of 3 to 11 and won Group Is PA from 1,200 meters to 2,000 meters. His legs are like iron and even after such a racing career, they are perfect. He is a quality horse, with good tissue and good feet. He can also improve on this point. Finally, his first crop have done well on the track. For all of these reasons, I think that Aim South provides a real opportunity for French breeders. He should cross well with French mares, giving them some size. He is a very American stallion, with a good shoulder and hindquarters, a perfect choice to bring speed and strength. He will be one of the only sons of Burning Sand available in France and he is standing at a very attracting fee." Aim South will stand at 1,500 euros for fresh semen (LF) and 2,000 euros for frozen (LF).
Bloodlines that have had success in France
Aim South was exported after his American race career and covered very few mares. Nonetheless, he is already the sire of a dozen winners, including RB Gaim Changer (ten wins), out of a French dam, and Aimee Oakley PW (four wins). Burning Sand, the sire of Aim South, is champion American sire. In France, he is known for being the sire of TM Fred Texas (Dubai Kahayla Classic, Gr. I PA), Reda (Dubai Kahayla Classic, Gr. I PA), Burning Fancy (Prix Damas, Gr. III PA), Aden (third in the Qatar Total Arabian Trophy des Juments, Gr. I PA), Taraf (second in the Qatar Total Arabian Trophy des Juments, Gr. I PA), Aaber ASF (second in the Qatar Total French Arabian Breeders' Challenge, Gr. I PA)… Burning Sand is also the dam sire of RB Burn (second in the Qatar Total Arabian Trophy des Poulains and winner of the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown, Gr. Is PA) and of Thunder Struck (Qatar International Cup, Gr. I PA).
Progeny all over the world. Aim South was voted Horse of the Year and Sprinter of the Year in 2007 in the United States. In 2006, he was voted Champion Older Horse in America and Horse of the Year in 2005. His performances on the dirt are exceptional. He notably won the Arabian Cup Championship Classic Stakes (Gr. I PA, 2,000 meters) twice, the Arabian Cup Championship Sprint Stakes (Gr. I PA, 1,200 meters) three times, the Backside Open Stakes (Gr. I PA, 1,600 meters) and the Mandolynn Hill Farm and Valour Handicap (Gr. I PA, 1,800 meters).
Since Meydan opened a dirt track, horses from American bloodline have proved very successful. This is therefore an added asset for the descendants of Burning Sand who are just as ease of the turf as on dirt. However Purebred Arabian racing is represented in competition all over the world, and Emmanuel Cessac explained: "Given his stamina, soundness, and aptitude for sand, Aim South will interest Moroccan breeders. And it should be remembered that Purebred Arabians run on sand all over the world."
|San Lou Romirz|
|AIM SOUTH (M17)|
|Ss Doctor Sam|
|Manor Hill Delila|
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