05/08/2014 10:51AM

Al Kazeem returned to training after fertility issues


Multiple Group 1 winner Al Kazeem has returned to training after he was found to be subfertile in his first season at stud, Racing Post reports.

The 6-year-old son of Dubawi stood at Queen Elizabeth II’s Royal Studs in Sandringham, England for an advertised fee of $30,527 (18,000 British Pounds). He was the subject of an insurance claim after he failed to meet fertility requirements. Racing Post reports that he got around 25 mares in foal this year.

Al Kazeem was campaigned as a homebred by John Deer, who struck a deal with the insurance underwriters following the claim and purchased the horse. He will go back to the barn of trainer Roger Charlton, who conditioned Al Kazeem during his first run.

Al Kazeem’s fertility came as a major disappointment to European breeders, with several prominent names joining in the stallion’s syndication, including Sheikh Joaan Al Thani of Qatar.

Sheikh Joaan, purchased two-time Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Mizdirection to send to the stallion for $2.7 million at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale. It was not reported if Mizdirection was among the mares in foal to Al Kazeem.

Other notable mares in Al Kazeem’s first book included Grade 1 winner Shotgun Gulch, Grade 3 winner Changing Skies, and stakes producers Model Queen, Night Frolic, and Winesong.

"It's a great tragedy that Al Kazeem did not fulfill his potential fertility-wise, as he was supported by an outstanding group of shareholders and was given the best possible opportunities,” said John Warren, racing manager for The Queen. "He was a pleasure to work with and everyone at the Royal Studs will be sorry to lose him.”

Al Kazeem won seven of 15 career starts over four seasons of racing for earnings of $1,559,368. He is a three-time Group 1 winner, taking the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and Coral Eclipse Stakes in England and the Tattersalls Gold Cup in Ireland.

"The plan is to give the horse a gentle introduction back into training - we have no objectives in mind," Deer said. “Hopefully he can win a nice race, maybe not a Group 1. We will rely on him to tell us when and if he's back to peak race fitness.”

Deer told Racing Post that Al Kazeem will stand in a private capacity at his Oakgrove Stud in Chepstow, Wales at the end of his comeback.