The secrets behind the genesis of Al Shamoos


The secrets behind the genesis of Al Shamoos

Val Bunting, who oversees the racing interests of Dr. Al Nujaif, the breeder of Al Shamoos (No Risk Al Maury), told us: "We embarked on this particular cross for two reasons. Firstly, it had been our intention for a long time to breed the dam with a stallion from the line of Nevadour [editor's note: herself a daughter of Nevada II] such as No Risk Al Maury (Kesberoy). I’ve been monitoring his progress throughout his career and have always liked him and, in particular, his attitude to racing and character in general. We had planned on going down this particular ‘breeding’ route at a time which coincided with Dr. Al Nujaifi landing a nomination to No Risk Al Maury at the AFAC’s yearly grand stallion ballot. You could say it was destiny!

Hamiya (Al Hasim), the dam of Al Shamoos, isn’t currently in-foal and we have decided to rest her for a year. Her sister by Izz Al Khail is currently in training with Damien de Watrigant. However, we have taken the decision to give her time and she won’t see the racecourse until next year. He’s hoping that she will perform to the same standard as her two sisters at ParisLongchamp! The dam of Al Shamoos has a three-year-old colt by Hilal Al Zaman, who has just gone into training with Charles Gourdain. He’s a colt which we like a lot. We also have a yearling filly by the sire Burning Sand.

Al Shamoos always stood out and I always believed in her. She had a good attitude as a yearling. She was also very quick to demonstrate her extraordinary capacity to quicken. However, you can never tell how good they are until they reach the racecourse. Her dam,

Hamiya, was speedy but she also won the Iraqi Oaks over 2,200 meters. The successes of

her offspring is proof positive that the breeding programme embarked upon by Dr. Al Nujaifi is working well."


Nevada II hits the jackpot for a second consecutive year

This year marked the 11th edition of The Qatar Arabian World Cup which is considered to be the world championship for Purebred Arabians. The outcome of the 2018 edition was again a triumph for Nevada II (Djanor) line which features in the pedigrees of three of the winners, including the 2017 renewal. She was one of the foundation mares of the French PA stud book. This family has been studied in detail in the 53rd edition of The French Purebred Arabian. In order to access this article :


Edition Winner Present in the sire’s pedigree Present in the dam’s pedigree
2018 Fazza Al Khalediah (*) Yes  Yes
2017 Gazwan (*) No Yes
2016 Al Mourtajez Yes No
2015 Al Mourtajez Yes No
2014 Djainka des Forges Yes No
2013 Mushrae No Yes
2012 Mkeefa No Yes
2011 Areej No Yes
2010 General No No
2009 General No No
2008 Lahib (*) No Yes