Al Shaqab Racing reveals its 2020 French stallion fees


Al Shaqab Racing reveals its 2020 French stallion fees

Six Al Shaqab Racing stallions are active in France and their 2020 covering fees have been made public. TM Fred Texas (Burning Sand), whose 2019 stud fee was by arrangement, has had his live covering fee set at € 12,000 for select mares. Based at the Haras de Thouars, he proved to be the revelation among the young PA stallions based in Europe. Particularly effective when bred to mares of the Amer (Wafi) line, TM Fred Texas has generated numerous PA Group winners (Shadad, Goingfor Al Baraka, Methgal, Almajdah, Marid, Amir Al Cham and Daloob) against the backdrop of small crops. The particularity of his pedigree means that he can bred to mares from several different ‘lines’, and his versatility on the track, having been equally adept on turf as on dirt, should enable his progeny to shine throughout the world.

Available at very affordable rates. The 3-year-olds by Al Mamun Monlau (Munjiz), a resident of the Haras du Grand Courgeon, obtained very positive results on the racecourse this year. Several of his progeny have gained black type, including Al Hazm. The latter was beaten a whisker in the Qatar Coupe de France des Chevaux Arabes (Gr1 PA) at Chantilly, before shining at Doha. Other examples are Um Taj, the Al Rayan Cup (Gr1 PA) second, and Ajaweed who filled a similar position in the Prix Nevada II (Gr3 PA). Devoid of Amer and Manganate (Saint Laurent) blood, Al Mamun Monlau will be available to breeders at rates of € 1,200 (fresh sample) and € 1.500 (frozen sample). Among the first sons of the excellent Azadi (Darike) to take up stud duties, Al Mouwaffak (Azadi) blended precocity with considerable class. His first foals are awaited in 2020. Bred in the purple, his 2020 fees are € 800 (fresh sample) and € 1,000 (frozen sample). He is based at the Haras de Thouars.

The future looks bright for Al Mourtajez.  The crack performer Al Mourtajez (Dahess), whose first crops are foals, is based at the Haras de Thouars. His 2020 rates are € 3,500 (fresh sample) and € 4,000 (frozen sample), although the latter fee will reduce to € 3,500 (for multiple reservations). He was bred to 92 French mares during his first season at stud – with the equivalent figure rising to 101 in 2019.

Dahess fee is set at € 4,000. Dahess, the sire of Al Mourtajez, is also in residence at the Haras de Thouars. His fees are € 4,000 (fresh sample) and € 5,000 (frozen sample). His progeny have won races in the four ‘corners’ of the world, and each generation has yielded its share of Gr1 PA class performers, as was the case in France this year. For this read Kair Al Cham (second in the French Arabian Breeders' Challenge Classic - H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Gr1 PA), Melabi (twice placed at Gr1 PA level in Britain), and Jarif (runner up in the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Poulains, Gr1 PA)… It’s unusual for stallions with a record such as Dahess to be available at these rates, and Al Shaqab is ensuring that these terms remain very attractive for breeders.

Mister Ginoux will be well represented in 2020.  Lastly, Mister Ginoux (Amer), whose first crop is due to hit the racecourse in 2020, will be available at rates of € 1,200 (fresh sample) and € 1,500 (frozen sample). He, too, is part of the Haras de Thouars stallion band. His first crop were born in 2017 and his French ‘register’ numbers 39 horses. Very well supported by Al Shaqab Racing, successful breeders have also sent their mares to them, and the list includes: Hassan Mousli, Bruno Bellaud, Renée-Laure Koch, Al Asayl, Zak Bloodstock, Karin Van Den Bos, Jean-Claude di Francesco and the Haras de Saint-Faust… At the time of writing, seven of his products are in training with Thomas Fourcy. Élisabeth Bernard and Charles Gourdain also train progeny of this sire.