11/18/2015 12:32PM

Fee set for subfertile Al Kazeem for 2016

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Al Kazeem, an eight-time European group stakes winner whose lofty expectations at stud were quashed by subfertility, will return to the breeding shed for the 2016 season after a brief but successful stint at the races this year.

Racing Post reports that the 7-year-old son of Dubawi will stand at owner-breeder John Deer’s Oakgrove Stud in Chepstow, England, for an advertised fee of $18,250 (12,000 British pounds) on a special live foal basis.

Al Kazeem was sold to stand the 2014 breeding season at the Royal Studs in Sandringham, England, for a high-profile syndicate that included Sheikh Joaan Al Thani of Qatar. His first book of mares included two-time Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Mizdirection.

However, the stallion only impregnated about 25 mares in his first season, finishing under the fertility requirements for the first-year infertility insurance policy and activating a claim. According to Racing Post, Al Kazeem has 19 reported foals in his first crop, 10 colts and nine fillies.

Al Kazeem was eventually bought back by Deer and put back in training with Roger Charlton, winning two of three starts, including the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup in Ireland in May and the Group 2 Prix d’Harcourt in France in April. He was retired again in August.

"Al Kazeem has been enjoying himself out in the field and has settled in back home really well – we can't wait to crack on with him again," Oakgrove Stud manager Tim Lane told Racing Post. "We'll manage his career in a similar way to [the also subfertile] Cacique at Banstead Manor Stud. We'll have the mares here for awhile before they're due to be covered and cross-cover them if need be. Simon Mockridge of Juddmonte and [veterinarian] James Crowhurst have been very kind, giving us guidance on how to manage the horse."

Bred in Great Britain, Al Kazeem finished his racing career with 10 wins in 23 starts and earnings of $2,444,017, highlighted by wins in the English Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes, and Coral-Eclipse Stakes, two editions of the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup in Ireland, and the Group 2 Prix d’Harcourt in France.

Al Kazeem is out of the unplaced Darshaan mare Kazeem, who is the dam of three winners from seven foals to race. His family includes Group 3 winner Kanz and Grade 3 winner Diomedia.