High-class racehorse and local sire Kabool died last week. He was 19 years old at the time of his death. Kabool was based with Mike Pappas in Kwa Zulu Natal at the time of his passing.
An exceptionally well bred horse, Kabool was one of 39 stakes winners sired by Blushing Groom horse Groom Dancer. The latter won seven stakes races, including the 1987 G1 Prix du Lupin. Another son of Groom Dancer, Pursuit Of Love, is the damsire of South Africa’s leading first crop sire of 2012-2013, Antonius Pius.
Kabool hailed from one of the greatest families in the modern day stud book. His dam, the winning Shareef Dancer mare Sheroog, was a full-sister to G2 winner Colorado Dancer (dam of champion and Dubai World Cup winner Dubai Millennium, himself sire of current leading sire Dubawi).
Sheroog’s second dam is the mighty Fall Aspen – dam of nine stakes winners, of which four were Grade/Group One winners.
Among Fall Aspen’s foals are G1 Grand Prix de Paris winner, and champion South African sire, Fort Wood and US Champion, Timber Country.
This is also the family of Champion US sire, Cozzene.
Kabool was a top-class racehorse, who achieved a rating of 119 by Timeform, who described him as “attractive horse: smart performer”.
Racing in France, Hong Kong, Ireland and the UK from two to five, Kabool won his only outing at two, when successful over 1400m.
He won his first three outings as 3yo, culminating in a Group 2 victory in the Prix Guillaume D’Ornano, where Kabool accounted for, amongst others, former Champion 2YO Colt Xaar.
Kabool put up a number of good performances as a 4yo, notably when second to subsequent Champion Sire Dansili in the Group 3 Prix Messidor, and he also ran third in the Group 1 Champion Stakes, where he accounted for the likes of Greek Dance, Golden Snake and Epsom Derby winner High-Rise.
Kabool was also successful as a 5yo, winning the Group 2 Prix du Rond Point-Casino la Rochelle Barriere on Arc weekend.
Retired to stud, Kabool began his stud career when in France where he sired the smart performer Kandidate. Now at stud himself, Kandidate won 10 races including the Group 3 September Stakes, and ran in Britain’s first classic the 2000 Guineas of 2005.
He began shuttling to stud in South Africa in 2001, where he spent his first few seasons at Avontuur.
In total, Kabool sired 11 stakes horses including top juvenile Brilliant Cut (winner of the Grade 3 Betting World Nursery), the smart filly Kimberlite (3rd G1 Paddock Stakes), six time winner Hammie’s Boy, and Spook Express Handicap runner up Duncton Quest.
He is also the broodmare sire of Gr2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas winner Go Indigo.