15 June 2017

AMER, by Wafi out of Bushra, died in the morning of 14 June 2017. He was 33 years old. His passing away, which was expected because of his advanced age, leaves a deep void at the Haras du Grand Couregon where he has lived since 2010 and surrounded by many of his off-spring.

AMER had an impressive record on the racetracks, where he recorded nine victories in thirteen starts. However, he became widely famous as a sire. He is the stallion, who produced the largest number of Group PA race winners, just the way Galileo did in the thoroughbred studbook.

AMER left his mark as one of the most important stallions of the 21st century in the world of the Purebred Arabian racehorses. His products have won more than 130 Group PA races, including 90 Group 1 PA races, which makes him without any doubt, the most influential sire of this century.

Amongst AMER’s most famous off-spring, two horses feature most prominently and both of them are out of the mare Al Hanoof, by Manganate out of Pesennaia. These are stallion General, dual winner of the Group 1 PA Qatar Arabian World Cup, and the mare Al Dahma, winner of 12 Group 1 PA races. Both are living at the Haras du Grand Courgeon and their first products are already winners.

It would be wrong though not to talk about all the champions who continue the family tradition of succeeding on the racecourse and at stud. Let’s not forget the likes of Nizam (Nerva du Cassou), winner of 15 races, including four Group 1 PA races, Dahess (Danie du Cassou), winner of 27 races, including ten Group 1 PA races, Majd Al Arab (Djelmila), winner of 10 races, including five Group 1 PA races, Jaafer ASF (Madjela), winner of 15 races, including 4 Group 1 PA races, Raqiyah (Sarahmina), winner of 14 races, including six Group 1 PA, Mkeefa (Nisae), winner of eight races, including three Group 1 PA, Sir Bani Yas (Nassem El Baher), winner of five races, including two Group 1 PA races and Gazwan (Arc de Ciel), winner of nine races, including three Group 1 PA races.

An improving sire

Alban de Mieulle is the trainer of the horses of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani. He has trained some of the best of AMER’s sons and daughters. Alban de Mieulle is also the headmaster of the haras du Grand Courgeon, where the stallion was standing for his last years. “The horse was tired these last days and he finally died this morning”, said de Mieulle, “He arrived at the haras du Grand Courgeon in 2010. His semen was no longer collected. But his sons and daughters are still spreading his genes around the world. I had the chance to train some top class horses by AMER, like Dahess (27 wins including 10 Group 1), General (winner of two Qatar Arabian World Cup), Al Dahma (winner of 12 Group 1).”

“AMER himself was a good racehorse, but not as good as his grandson, the champion Al Mourtajez”, continued de Mieulle, “AMER was an improving sire and better as a stallion than as a racehorse. He produced horses that could win over any distances, but they were not early maturing. You had to be careful not to push them too early at three years old because they need time to give their best. His son General seems to produce like him; horses with class, but late maturing. AMER mated perfectly with French and Tunisian blood. He transmitted his excellent temperament and some bones. They are cold minded horses with a great will to run. He was very Arabian in his way to move. He is the base of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani's breeding programme.”