Monday, July 15

GUEST POST: Al Kazeem Breathes New Life into Horseracing

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The start of July capped of what was an amazing period of racing for Al Kazeem. The British-trained horses built upon its victories at Royal Ascot and Curragh to win the Coral Eclipse at Sandown, thus completing a trio of Group One Victories. In the field of flat racing, Al Kazeem has firmly cemented his status as the bona fide star in 2013. Racing analysts have been delighted by the performances of Al Kazeem, explaining how nice it is to see a horse winning from outside of the larger dynasties in horseracing. Al Kazeem has certainly been a breath of fresh air for the sport. 

Pre-Race Favourite for Coral Eclipse - For some time, Al Kazeem had been identified as a horse with great potential. What held him back from winning, however, was a string of unfortunate injuries that prevented him from reaching his current level of success. Before the Coral Eclipse was even ran, many were tipping Al Kazeem for success and the horse entered as favourite with odds of 15/8. Any punters that favoured Mukhadram had to make to do with a second-place finish in the Coral Eclipse. Al Kazeem was just too strong for the rest of the field to beat him. 

Career of His Jockey Revitalised - James Doyle has been taken along for the ride, with many analysts commenting how they have witnessed him mature this year – all on the back of Al Kazeem. Doyle is a 25-year-old jockey from a horseracing family, with is mother a trainer and his sister also a jockey. Amazingly, Doyle had been close to quitting the jockey life after suffering through a string of loser in 2010. He even went so far as to sign-up for a plumbing course before being hired as a stable jockey in 2012 for Roger Charlton. Charlton has great faith in the pair and is intent on them riding together for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in October. 

Trainer Recommends a Break - Al Kazeem’s trainer, Roger Charlton, has played a key role in ensuring that the horse fully recovered from past injuries. It was a leg injury that was the most serious of them all, but Charlton worked his magic to turn Al Kazeem into a star in 2013. Despite a dominant trio of performances, Charlton would prefer that Al Kazeem rests and misses out on the King George: ‘He's had three races on pretty firm ground and I think he deserves a break’. If Charlton has his way, Al Kazeem will rest until later August. 

Next Races for Al Kazeem - Should Al Kazeem hold out of the King George, Charlton will recommend that he runs in either the Juddmonte International in late August or the Irish Champion Stakes in early September. At present, Charlton prefers the timing of the Irish Champion Stakes. After that, Charlton wants to have Al Kazeem going into October in prime condition to compete in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. 

Simone Wright-Eddison is the content editor for, the fifth most popular horse racing website in the United Kingdom according to Hitwise data. You can connect with Simone on her Grand National Facebook fan page.

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