Subfertile Al Kazeem Returns to Training

Subfertile Al Kazeem Returns to Training
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Al Kazeem (right) has returned to training.
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Al Kazeem, a triple group I winner in England last year, has returned to training after proving subfertile at stud, according to the Racing Post.

The 6-year-old son of Dubawi trained by Roger Charlton won three consecutive group I racesTattersalls Gold Cup, Prince of Wales's Stakes, and Eclipse Stakesand also placed in the Juddmonte International and Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes, both group I.

Upon retirement, Al Kazeem was bought by the Queen and syndicated, with Sheikh Joaan Al Thani taking a significant share, according to the Post. Al Kazeem entered stud this year at the Royal Studs in Sandringham, but did not reach the required fertility levels. He has about 25 mares in foal, the newspaper reported.

John Deer, who bred and raced Al Kazeem, negotiated with the insurance underwriters to buy back the horse and he has been returned to Charlton's Beckhampton House Stables.

"It's a great tragedy that Al Kazeem did not fulfil his potential fertility-wise, as he was supported by an outstanding group of shareholders and was given the best possible opportunities," the Queen's racing manager John Warren told the Post. "He was a pleasure to work with and everyone at the Royal Studs will be sorry to lose him. The Queen was particularly disappointed, but made the comment that, sadly, horses will always have the last word."

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