VICTORIOUS in the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury, juvenile Kessaar has concluded his brief racing career and will now take up stallion duties alongside his own sire, Kodiac, at Tally-Ho Stud for the 2019 breeding season. The move represents something of a homecoming for Kessaar, as not only is he by the Tally-Ho flagbearer Kodiac, but he was also bred by the County Westmeath operation. “We are delighted Kessaar, one of the best 2yos sired by Kodiac, will be returning to Tally-Ho as a stallion,” said the stud’s Roger O’Callaghan. “He’s a good looking, tough horse with the juvenile speed so typical of his sire and we look forward to him contributing to Kodiac’s legacy.” Trained by John Gosden and raced by Mohammed Al Qatami and Khalid Al Mudhaf, Kessaar ran seven times and returned victorious on three occasions. He broke his maiden by ten lengths in a Windsor novice stakes before going on to score by two and a half lengths in the Group 3 Sirenia Stakes on the all-weather at Kempton. He will be best remembered for his success in the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes on what proved to be his penultimate outing, as he showed a likeable attitude to pull almost three lengths clear of True Mason.
He brought the curtain down on his racing career when fourth behind Godolphin’s Royal Meeting in the Group 1 Criterium International. “From the moment we saw Kessaar as a yearling at the sales we thought he was an exceptionally good looking colt with correct conformation, and very athletic,” said Khalid Al Mudhaf. “He’s never taken a lame step, always had a good mind and has proven himself versatile ground wise, winning on good to firm, soft and the all-weather. “We have retained an interest in Kessaar and will obviously be supporting him with our broodmares.” One of 23 Group winners by record breaking 2yo sire Kodiac, Kessaar is the second foal out of the unraced Raven’s Pass mare Querulous, making him a brother to the useful dual winner Breaking Records. He was signed for by Hugo Merry at 100,000gns at Book 2 of the 2017 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, where he was offered by Tally-Ho. A fee for Kessaar and the other Tally-Ho stallions will be announced at a later date.