Al Kazeem: son of Dubawi won four races at the highest levelPICTURE: Getty Images
Al Kazeem set for
return to stallion ranks
MULTIPLE Group 1 winner Al Kazeem looks set for a return to the stallion ranks in 2016, having been retired from racing due to injury.
The son of Dubawi returned to training last year after proving subfertile at stud and, after winning the Group 3 Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor, was just touched off by Noble Mission in the Champion Stakes.
Trained by Roger Charlton, the seven-year-old returned to the racecourse this year in rude health, with his biggest success coming in the Tattersalls Gold Cup, a race he also landed in 2013 during a campaign in which he also won the Prince of Wales's Stakes and Coral-Eclipse.
Following that fine season in 2013, Al Kazeem was subsequently syndicated and took up stallion duties at the Royal Studs last year, but after getting only around 25 mares in foal, he was bought back by his owner-breeder John Deer and returned to the yard of Charlton.
"Al Kazeem will stand alongside Avonbridge at Oakgrove Stud [owned by Deer] in 2016," Charlton said on his website.
"I hope he is able to add to the number of foals he has on the ground already, who are currently exciting their breeders."
Al Kazeem is one of three winners out of his dam Kazeem, a daughter of Darshaan and Yorkshire Oaks runner-up Kanz.
His yearling brother, also by Dubawi, is set to come under the hammer at Tattersalls in October.