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Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Al Kazeem brother leads charge of well-bred newcomers

Kazawi represents same owner and trainer as four-time Group 1 hero

Al Kazeem: son of Dubawi was a four-time Group 1 winner who came back from an aborted season at stud as good as ever
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A brother to Al Kazeem is in the vanguard of a battalion of well-bred newcomers in Britain on Saturday.

Kazawi is set to make his debut in the 1m3f three-year-old maiden at Newbury (5.20pm) for the same connections as his illustrious sibling – owner-breeder John Deer of Oakgrove Stud and trainer Roger Charlton.

Al Kazeem and Kazawi are both by Dalham Hall Stud supersire Dubawi out of Kazeem, a daughter of Darshaan and Yorkshire Oaks runner-up Kanz. Further back it is the family of Group 1 winners Armiger, Diamond Shoal, Glint Of Gold, Law Enforcement and Zanzibar.

Al Kazeem became the most distinguished family member in a few decades by winning the Tattersalls Gold Cup, Prince of Wales's Stakes and Eclipse at five, before he was retired to the Royal Studs, where he was found to be subfertile.

Al Kazeem returned into training with Charlton and recovered his previous zip with uncommon enthusiasm and added a thrilling runner-up effort to Noble Mission in the Champion Stakes and another victory in the Tattersalls Gold Cup to his already glittering record.

He now stands at his birthplace of Oakgrove Stud, covering carefully managed books of mares, at a fee of £12,000.

Kazawi – not sold at 485,000gns at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale – faces stiff competition on his debut.

UAE King, a Frankel half-brother to Dubawi trained by Roger Varian, was a promising seventh on his debut at Newbury last October.

The John Gosden-trained Master Singer, who finished fourth on debut at Nottingham in November, is a Giant's Causeway half-brother to Campanologist, a four-time Group 1 winner in Europe.

Lethal Impact, fourth on his only previous start at Newcastle, is by Deep Impact out of Prix Dollar winner Musical Way, making him a brother to Japanese Oaks winner Mikki Queen. He is trained by David Simcock for Qatar Racing, who paid 180 million yen (£1.3m/€1.5m) for him in Japan.

Newcomer Rhodes House, trained by Paul Cole for owner-breeder Denford Stud, is a Frankel three-parts brother to Cocked Hat Stakes winner and St Leger third Michelangelo out of Prix Marcel Boussac fourth Intrigued.

Sibling to two top-level winners

Kazawi is not the only sibling to a Group 1 winner and sire down to make his debut at Newbury on Saturday.

Najashee, an Invincible Spirit three-parts brother to Most Improved trained by Owen Burrows for Hamdan Al Maktoum, is entered for the first division of the mile maiden for three-year-olds earlier on the card (4.15pm).

Most Improved, by Invincible Spirit's son Lawman, won the St James's Palace Stakes and stands at Coolmore at a fee of €4,000, with his first two-year-olds running this year.

Najashee and Most Improved are half-brothers to another top-level winner in Ectot, a son of Hurricane Run who won the Criterium International at two when stationed in France and defeated Flintshire by five lengths to land the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic for Todd Pletcher in the US last year.

The siblings were bred by Skymarc Farm and Ecurie des Monceaux out of the Linamix mare Tonnara, a half-sister to the dam of this week's Nell Gwyn Stakes winner Daban.

Sheikh Hamdan bought Najashee for €700,000 at the Arqana August Yearling Sale.

Another interesting newcomer in the race is Call To Mind, a Galileo colt owned and bred by the Queen out of Albany Stakes and Cherry Hinton Stakes winner Memory, and therefore a brother to Acomb Stakes winner Recorder. William Haggas is the trainer by royal appointment.

Commander, another runner in the race, finished eighth on debut as favourite at Newbury last year. The Frankel half-brother to dual Group 1-winning sprinter Regal Parade is trained by Roger Varian for the China Horse Club, which paid 670,000gns for him as a yearling at Book 1.

More well-bred maiden runners at Nottingham

The 1m2f maiden for three-year-olds at Nottingham in the evening (6.30pm) also features some particularly well-bred three-year-old colts bidding to win for the first time.

Crystal Ocean, trained by Sir Michael Stoute for owner-breeder Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, is likely to start a hot favourite as he was beaten only a neck into second on his debut at Newbury last September.

He has an attractive pedigree to match the form, as a Sea The Stars three-parts brother to Crystal Capella (by Sea The Stars' sire Cape Cross), a dual winner of the Group 2 Pride Stakes, and a half-brother to Canadian International hero Hillstar and Listed scorer Crystal Zvezda.

Crystal Ocean's unraced rivals in the contest include Forever Song, a Dubawi colt out of Sun Chariot and Park Hill Stakes winner Echoes Of Eternity trained by Charlie Appleby for Godolphin.

Echoes Of Eternity is a three-parts sister to Group 1 winners Great Heavens, Nathaniel and Playful Act.

Nathaniel, a young sire whose oldest crop are three years old, has two well-bred newcomers in the race.

Peterport, trained by Nathaniel's handler John Gosden for the sire's owner-breeder Lady Rothschild, is out of nine-length Sun Chariot Stakes winner Spinning Queen, bought as a broodmare for 3,000,000gns at the end of her racing career.

Nathaniel's other runner, Nathan, is a three-parts brother to Lonsdale Cup third King Of Wands trained by Simon Crisford for breeder Normandie Stud.


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Sheikh Hamdan bought Najashee for €700,000 at the Arqana August Yearling Sale
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