Kerless del Roc: Saud Al Rahmani’s Dubai Kahayla Classic contender


Kerless del Roc: Saud Al Rahmani’s Dubai Kahayla Classic contender



Kerless del Roc: Saud Al Rahmani’s Dubai Kahayla Classic contender

Kerless del Roc caused quite a stir on the Meydan dirt track on December 16th when his nearest rival was all of five lengths further back in the Madjani Stakes (Gr1 PA). He carries the colours of Al Rahmani Racing, the nom de course of Saud Al Rahmani, who is none other than the son of IFAHR president Faisal Al Rahmani.


Kerless del Roc (Dahess) is owned by Saud Al Rahmani, who is the manager of Emirates Bloodstock, which is a company which provides a range of services to the racing industry in the United Arab Emirates, and outside that orbit, namely the Middle East in general. Emirates Bloodstock organises regular sales at its Dubai hub and Faisal Al Rahmani explained: "We have sold around 8,000 PA horses since 2001". On the subject of Kerless del Roc, Faisal Al Rahmani added: "The colt was acquired as a 2-year-old. Physically, he fully met our expectations, and we like the progeny of the stallion Dahess (Amer). We didn't expect him to be so good to be honest. We noticed that he had some potential but not on a par with Al Mourtajez (Dahess)! We also have another product of this stallion that we thought was better than 'Kerless' at the beginning, but he didn't confirm on the racecourse. It just goes to show that Kerless del Roc is really a special horse!" With this particular horse the dream is on and the objective is clear cut: "For we are aiming him at the Dubai Kahayla Classic (Gr1 PA)."



Saud Al Rahmani has taken over from his father, who has been in the horse business for a long time. Faisal Al Rahmani said: "In the past I raced horses in my own colours, which have since become those of my son. I have been buying horses over 20 to 25 years, I started out by dabbling in English thoroughbreds during the 1993-2001 period. It was only in 2001 that I branched out into the PA sector. In 2008, I became the first owner, other than a sheikh, to win the President Cup (Gr1 PA). It was with a French-bred horse by the name of Dynamite (Bibi de Carrère). On that occasion, we beat the champion that was Madjani (Tidjani)! I also won the National Day Cup (Gr1 PA), later re-christened the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown, with Sahib du Clos (Kerbella). Lastly, I owned the record holder over 1,200m (6f), Ak Adour (Akbar), a half-brother to Al Zahir (Madjani), whose three Gr1 PA wins included two editions of the President Cup."



About the special relationship that he and his family have cultivated with France, Faisal Al Rahmani explained: "My son Saud loves France. It has been difficult for him to visit the country of late because of the pandemic, but he has some good mares. We buy horses every year. At a personal level, I’ve been an Arqana representative in the Middle East for a number of years. We consider France to be both the best place for breeding, and for tapping into the best bloodlines. Which good horse or champion doesn’t have French blood somewhere in its pedigree? Your horses are endowed with speed. In my opinion, this dates back to the time of Napoleon Bonaparte, who brought back the best Arabian horses to France. When I say the best, it is not necessarily the most attractive looking specimens, as these are two different things. The French have been racing PA horses for a long time. That is their strength."







Who is Marie-Christine Restes, the breeder of Kerless del Roc?


Marie-Christine Restes is one of those breeders who get up early to look after their horses before going to work. A discreet character who tends to be somewhat reserved, she is now gaining a certain recognition thanks to Kerless del Roc. The del Roc breeding operation which she created is located near Cahors in the Lot region. This operation has tended to generate between one and four foals annually in recent years.

After working for a trotting trainer, Marie-Christine Restes discovered the PA horse by competing in endurance races. It was in this sphere that she met Guy Barry who entrusted her with the future grandam of Kerless del Roc, Selia Lotoise (Tidjani). The rider went as far as competing in CEI 2* class aboard the mare, before breeding her to Kerbella (Kesberoy). The particular union was responsible for producing the dam of "Kerless", Kerlia des Pins. This tall, well-framed mare never raced (for economic reasons) and was quickly dispatched to stud. Her first foal Sharilia del Roc (Sharifian Lotois) won in Morocco before retiring to the paddocks. Her second offering Kerlim del Roc (Akim de Ducor) was exported to the Sultanate of Oman. First del Roc (Almas) is a stallion based in France. Thanks to the success of Kerless del Roc, the ensuing offspring of the mare have sold well. Kerlaim del Roc (Aim South) was exported to the United Arab Emirates. The filly Mouwa'Kia del Roc (Al Mouwaffak) was sold as a foal. Kerlia des Pins is in foal to Mister Ginoux (Amer) and the foal is already reserved for a buyer. Marie-Christine Restes also boards horses and they enable her to recover part of the overheads of her operation as an amateur breeder. A client of the Haras de Thouars, she has benefited from experience of Guy Barry and doesn’t hesitate when it comes to seeking his advice.