Al Kazeem still short of peak fitness

Al Kazeem - Sandown 06.07.13

Al Kazeem: last year’s Coral-Eclipse winner proved subfertile at stud

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THREE-time Group 1 winner Al Kazeem is still short of peak fitness as he prepares to make his second start since returning from stud, where he proved to be subfertile, his trainer Roger Charlton has warned.

Speaking to the RFO for a stable tour in Tuesday’s edition of the paper, Charlton said Al Kazeem would make his second start of 2014 in the Group 3 Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor this Saturday.

The six-year-old, winner of the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and Coral-Eclipse last year before his short-lived retirement, was fourth on his return in a Listed race at Newbury last month.

“When he came back from stallion duties he was very bulky with a huge neck, so we have put a lot of time into getting him back to fitness and you could say he’s still a work in progress,” Charlton said.

“At Newbury last month he was 20kg over his racing weight, which I had told the press about.

“I was very happy with that run as he travelled beautifully and when they got to the business end it was hardly surprising he got tired.

“He has done well since then and the plan is to go to Windsor for the Group 3 Winter Hill Stakes on Saturday. He’ll be fitter but he still won’t be at his peak as we’re working towards the big autumn races.”

Charlton also predicted Captain Cat, one of 16 horses entered for Saturday’s Doom Bar Celebration Mile, would handle the track at Goodwood.

“The plan is to run in the Celebration Mile on Saturday at Goodwood, where he should go well as he is so beautifully balanced,” he said.

Among the 15 potential rivals Captain Cat could face at Goodwood are Roger Varian’s John Smith’s Cup winner Farraaj and Aidan O’Brien’s Sussex Stakes third Darwin.

Catch up on the rest of Roger Charlton’s talented string in this week’s RFO – on sale Tuesday

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