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Autumn Return On The Cards For Kazeem
UK trainer Roger Charlton is planning an autumn comeback for triple Gr1 winner Al Kazeem (Dubawi-Kazeem, by Darshaan) who has returned to training after proving sub-fertile at stud, reports racingpost.com. Following a stellar 2013 season where he recorded top-flight victories in the Gr1 Tattersalls Gold Cup, Gr1 Prince of Wales's Stakes and Gr1 Coral-Eclipse, Al Kazeem was purchased by The Queen to stand at The Royal Studs in Sandringham. After reportedly getting only around 25 mares in foal, the 6YO son of Dubawi returned to training earlier this month much to the delight of Charlton. However, the trainer admitted it will be difficult to get the son of Dubawi back to his brilliant best. "He's going to have two or three months of work and it will be autumn rather than mid-summer when he returns but there are some nice races in autumn so we will just have to see," said Charlton. "He's always had a fantastic temperament and character and when we put the saddle on him it was as if he had never been away. No shouting or looking at anyone, he just concentrates on what he needs to do." He added, "The older they get the more difficult it becomes but he is such a sound horse and he wasn't over-raced. To get him back to Group level will be a huge challenge but only time will tell [whether it is possible or not].