Two Shadwell homebred stallions will retire to stud in 2018

Posted on: 15th Dec 2017

HANDASSA (left) and TAAJER (right) will retire to stud in 2018

Shadwell Arabian Stallions are proud to announce two homebred stallions will retire to stud in 2018.

By exceptional sire MADJANI, multiple Group winner HANDASSA will make his debut at stud in the UK at West Kington Stud.  His full-brother TAAJER will stand at Società Agricola di Besnate in Italy. 

Trained by François Rohaut, HANDASSA had a long and successful racing career, with performances in stakes races in the UAE, Turkey, France, the Netherlands and the UK.  After his first race victories at 4, HANDASSA scored his first stakes win at 5 in the Listed PA Shadwell Arabian Stallions Stakes in Duindigt.  During that season, after a place in the Shadwell Dubai International Stakes (Gr.1 PA), he won his first Group race in Istanbul: the Gr.2 PA International IFAHR Trophy.  In 2016, HANDASSA travelled to Dubai for the first time and won the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (Gr.1 PA) in record time at Meydan, before finishing fourth in the prestigious Dubai Kahayla Classic (Gr.1 PA).  Back in Istanbul in September, he won the International IFAHR Trophy (Gr.2 PA) for the second time.  In 2017, HANDASSA retained his titles in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (Gr.1 PA) and the International IFAHR Trophy (Gr.2 PA). His trained commented: “HANDASSA has an engaging personality and a lot of character.  He has an impressive physic and an exceptional turn of foot.  He raced to victory on turf as well as on the all-weather and dirt and finished his career without any soundness issue.  A real racehorse…”

Also trained by François Rohaut, TAAJER will strengthen Shadwell’s support to Arabian racing and breeding in Italy.  Winner of two races and placed four times from nine starts, he has shown abilities on both turf and All-Weather surfaces.  Paolo Crespi, from Società Agricola di Besnate, said: “TAAJER is a most attractive Arabian stallion, gifted with a sensational pedigree that fits perfectly to racing as well as endurance”.

Out of a Group 1 winning mare, HANDASSA and TAAJER come from an exceptional dam line that has produced great sires such as MAJD AL ARAB, DJEBBEL, DJELMANE and Stakes winners DJOURIFA, RADAMES, DJELMILA, RADDAD, TAYF, MY PRINCESSE, CHERAZADE, SAHABBA, MUSHRAE, NAHEE… Their sister JAMAHEER (MAHABB) has proven herself as one of the best 4yo fillies in Europe in 2017 after winning The Critérium des Pouliches (Gr.2 PA) and the Prix Nevadour (Gr.3 PA) and finishing close second in the Arabian Trophy des Juments (Pouliches de 4 ans) (Gr.1 PA).

Richard Lancaster, Shadwell Stud Director, said: “It is a great pride for our team to welcome two Shadwell-bred stallions with HANDASSA and TAAJER, both by our exceptional sire MADJANI.  They have been successful on the racetrack and we now hope that they will follow their sire’s footsteps at stud.  Standing respectively in the UK and Italy, we are pleased to increase our support to breeders in those countries.  We are thankful to West Kington Stud and Società Agricola di Besnate to stand our stallions and we are looking forward to these new partnerships”.

The complete roster, with the nomination fees and conditions, will be available shortly on Shadwell Arabian Stallions website and Facebook page.  Breeders are invited to contact our team to receive their 2018 stallions brochure.

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