Shadwell has announced the passing of the 19-year-old stallion Madjani (Tidjani), and this has proved to be a tough emotional blow for the Shadwell-Haras de Saint-Faust team. Recently represented at the highest level by his offspring, the flagbearer of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum was one of the best Purebred Arabians bearing the made in France label of the last decades.
Handassa cast in the role of the successor. Madjani began his stud career at the Haras de Saint-Faust at the end of 2008. His best products proved to be Handassa, who emulated his sire by proving a dual winner of the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (Gr1 PA), Al Zahir, who struck twice in the President Cup (Gr1 PA), and the Gr2 PA winning RB Frynch Broad. As a worthy son of Tidjani (Flipper), he was very much sought after for his stamina qualities. He had again proved much in demand with breeders in 2019. Richard Lancaster, the Shadwell director, said: "Madjani was a fabulous racehorse and one of the very best PA horses to have raced in the colours of Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum. His three wins in the Kahayla Classic, at a time when the opposition was very strong, was an exceptional achievement. He was a very good-natured horse. Handassa, the best of his sons currently at stud, will transfer to France with a view to filling the void left by his father at Haras de Saint-Faust. I’m sure that he will prove a worthy successor."
Hailing from a distinguished Tunisian line. Madjani was born in the west of France. The dam, the Tunisian mare Salama (Sibawaih), had given birth to four colts in France before joining Pierre Hoyeau. The latter had a training permit and he conditioned some of his homebreds, and particularly the jumping stock. However, he was also very interested in Purebred Arabians. His son, Éric Hoyeau, said: "It proved difficult to acquire French bloodlines as the big Arab owners were very active buyers at the time. My father also took an interest in Tunisian breeding and acquired several mares which were born in that country; variously crossing the Mediterranean to buy them, and sourcing them in France." This line yielded many winners in the Maghreb, but also further afield such as Tornador (Tornado de Syrah), the winner of the Coupe Goffs France (Gr1 PA); Speed Tornade (Tornado de Syrah), Emaar International Stakes (Gr2 PA) winner and third in the Coupe Goffs France (Gr1 PA); Al Jakbar (Al Sakbe), Qatar Total French Arabian Breeders’ Cup Mile (Gr1 PA) hero; and Al Sakba (Al Sakbe), the Russian Sprint Stakes (Gr2 PA) heroine… The full sister of Madjani generated AF Al Hazer (AF Al Buraq), successful in the Arabian Triple Crown Round 1 (L PA) and third in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (Gr1 PA).
A champion. Madjani made a successful debut in the colours of his breeder before his sale to
Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, which prompted his transfer to the UAE-based Gill Duffield. This high class performer scored seven Grs1 PA successes, including an unprecedented three editions of the Dubai Kahayla Classic. This is in addition to a brace of wins in the President Cup at Abu Dhabi and success in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3. His career record reads 13 wins and three seconds in 17 starts. The chestnut was the UAE PA Horse of the Year in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Éric Hoyeau added: "From the beginning he proved to be something special. Despite having nothing which to compare him at home, my father chose Toulouse as the venue for his debut which proved to be a winning one. He then caught the eye of Gérard Larrieu who bought him for Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum. He took to sand like a duck to water and he loved racing at Nad Al Sheba, in addition to shining at the highest level on turf. His durability was exceptional and he won his last Gr1 PA pace race at the age of eight. His temperament was exceptional."
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