Roger Charlton sends out first stakes winner for his subfertile star Al Kazeem
Oakgrove Stud resident only has small numbers on the ground
Subfertile stallion Al Kazeem was represented by a first stakes winner on Friday when son Aspetar landed the Listed Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood in ready fashion.
It is fitting that Aspertar's trainer Roger Charlton has provided his former charge Al Kazeem with the milestone, having sent out the son of Dubawi to win four Group 1 races.
Aspetar was following up from his impressive debut victory at Windsor last month, when he ran out a four-and-a-half-length winner over 1m2f.
It continues a good spell for his owner Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani, whose colours were carried to victory by Teppal in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches earlier this month.
A homebred for Al Thani, Aspetar is the first foal out of the winning Dansili mare Bella Qatara - herself a duaghter of three-time Group 1 heroine Alexandrova and a half-sister to the Group 2 scorers Alex My Boy and Somehow. The further family includes Cheveley Park Stakes winner Magical Romance.
Bought by the Queen and retired to the Royal Studs upon the completion of his racing career, Al Kazeem was subsequently found to be subfertile.
The subject of an insurance claim, his former owner John Deer bought his superstar back and placed him back in training with Charlton.
A win in the Winter Hill Stakes on his second start after returning to the track soon followed alongside credible efforts in the Irish Champion Stakes, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and a second-placed effort behind Noble Mission in the 2014 Champion Stakes.
Victory in the Prix d'Harcourt, a runner-up finish behind Cirrus Des Aigles and a fourth Group 1 in the Tattersalls Gold Cup followed a year a later in 2015.
Al Kazeem then returned to his birthplace, Oakgrove Stud in Chepstow, to take up stallion duties. He has been advertised as standing there at a fee of £12,000 since 2016.
Al Kazeem's oldest crop are three-year-olds, and while there may only be a few of them, he has also supplied the dual Listed-placed Golden Spell, who bids for more black type of her own in the Listed Cecil Frail Stakes at Haydock on Saturday.
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