The perfect start! Kessaar hit the ground running at stud on Thursday as his very first runner, Tally-Ho graduate Tajalla, ran out a highly impressive winner of the 5f novice at Newmarket.
Highly regarded - and sent off the 11/8 favourite for Roger Varian as a result - Tajalla was always travelling smoothly in the hands of Andrea Atzeni and only had to be shaken up to score by a widening two-and-three-quarters of a length.
It's a race with a notable past and so impressive was the win that the TDN were quick to designate Sheikh Ahmed's colt as a 'TDN RISING STAR'.
He was introduced at 14/1 by Paddy Power for the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot.
"We've liked this horse for a while - he's such a dude," said Roger Varian. "He's very easy to train, very natural, loads of talent, strong and mature. He was ahead of his peers back in February and I'm delighted we could get him out early. We'd hope he'd turn into an Ascot two-year-old. I think he's more of a 5f horse although he did gallop out well beyond the line."
Tajalla was bred by Michael Lyons & Michael McGlynn out of Armum, a daughter of our much-missed sire Society Rock. She was bred here at Tally-Ho Stud and is a half-sister to the Flying Childers Stakes winner and successful sire Ardad, who shares his sire Kodiac with Kessaar.
Tajalla was pinhooked by Tally-Ho for €55,000 as a Goffs November foal and resold out of our Tattersalls October Book 1 draft for 90,000gns to Roger Varian.
Tally-Ho-bred Kessaar was a high-class and precocious two-year-old who carried the colours of Mohammed Al-Qatami and Khalid Al-Mudhaf to victory in the Mill Reef and Sirenia Stakes. A son of sire of sires Kodiac, his first crop of yearlings realised up to €100,000.
Kessaar stands for €5,000.