Tayf, the new recruit of the Haras du Grand Courgeon


Tayf, the new recruit of the Haras du Grand Courgeon

He was for many seasons the standard bearer of the stable of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani on the racecourse. We are referring to the 9-year-old Tayf (Amer), who is about to embark on his second career as a stallion at the Haras du Grand Courgeon where he was reared. In France, he won the 2020 Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr1 PA) and The President of the UAE Cup - Coupe d’Europe des Chevaux Arabes (Gr1 PA); he also won

the Qatar International Stakes in Britain, plus the Qatar Gold Sword (Grs1 PA) at Doha. Alban de Mieulle, who trained the horse for many years and oversees the running of the Haras du Grand Courgeon told us: "He proved to be a horse of remarkable durability, and who went head to head with the very best performers over many seasons. In fact, he’s part of a generation that will be remembered for a long time, if only because of their longevity. A tough sort, Tayf was an accomplished traveller, and that he made his mark was down to his remarkable character. He was more of a 1,600/2,000m (1m to 10f) type rather than a 2,400m (12f) horse. He won the Qatar Arabian World Cup and he boasts an impeccable pedigree. His brother Majd Al Arab (Amer) has produced some very smart horses, but he’s getting older and Tayf is set to take over as his successor at stud. He ended his career on a high note, having finished third to the young pretenders in the Qatar Arabian World Cup." Tayf’s covering fee is €1,500 (live foal terms), and his frozen semen samples are priced at €2,000.

A stallion making family. Tayf was bred at the Haras du Grand Courgeon. His dam is Djelmila (Manganate). A graduate of the Haras de Mandore, the mare was the first to beat the high class Al Sakbe (Kesberoy). Of her ten world-wide victories, we will recall the Derby des Pur-Sang Arabes at Chantilly, the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 and the Hatta International Stakes... races which have since gained Gr1 PA status. Djelmila has foaled six black type performers, including the Gr1 PA winning full brothers Majd Al Arab (Qatar International Trophy, H.H. The Emir's Sword, the Dubai International Stakes & the Coupe d'Europe des Chevaux Arabes Grs1 PA), and Raddad (Qatar International Derby, Gr1 PA). The grandam, Cherifa (Chéri Bibi), won the Dubai Stakes and the Coupe du Cheval Arabe

(Grs1 PA). Around 20 black type performers, including Mushrae (Arabian World Cup & Arabian Trophy des Poulains, Grs1 PA), boast her presence in their pedigree. This is the renowned line of the Watrigant breeding academy, which has produced the highly influential stallions, Dormane (Manganate) and Manganate (Saint Laurent).