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DamsireGay Crusader
BreederMarcel Boussac
OwnerMarcel Boussac. Racing colours: Orange, grey cap.
TrainerAlbert Swann
(Percy Carter) Charles Semblat
Record22: 15-3-3
Earnings3,253,760[1] & £6,115
Major wins
Middle Park Stakes (1939)
Prix Lagrange (1940)
Prix d'Essai (1940)
2,000 Guineas (1940)
Prix Boiard (1941 & 1942)
Prix d'Harcourt (1941 & 1942)
Prix d'Hédouville (1941 & 1942)
Prix des Sablons (1942)
Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (1942)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1942)
French Champion Two-Year-Old (1939)
Leading sire in France (1947; 1948; 1949; and 1956)
Prix Djebel at Maisons-Laffitte
Last updated on 12 June 2017
For mountains or other uses, see: Jabal.

Djebel (1937–1958) was a French Thoroughbred racehorse, who won 15 of 22 races during 1939–1942 including the Prix d'Essai, 2000 Guineas and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. He was later a leading sire in France and is responsible for the survival of the Byerley Turk sire line into the 21st century.[2]


Djebel was a bay stallion owned and bred by renowned horseman Marcel Boussac. He was sired by Tourbillon, who had won the French Derby and the Prix Lupin, and went on to become a notable sire. Djebel's dam, Loika, was a minor winner by Gay Crusader and out of Coeur a Coeur. Gay Crusader was the 1917 U.K. Triple Crown winner, and by the influential Bayardo. Coeur a Coeur was by Teddy, whose grandsire was the 1899 English Triple Crown champion Flying Fox. Therefore, Djebel traced back to Bay Ronald twice through his dam (both Bayardo and Teddy's dam-sire were by Bay Ronald).[2]

Loika was originally not a success as a broodmare, producing just one foal, a minor winner, in her first five years. In 1936, she was bred to Tourbillion and Boussac offered her in foal at the Newmarket December Sales. She did not meet her reserve so she returned home to Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard, where she delivered Djebel in January 1937.[3] Loika went on to produce several other winners including Hierocles, two-time winner of the Prix d'Ispahan.[4]

Racing career[edit]

In his 22 starts, Djebel won 15, placed second in three, and finished third in one. His wins included the 1942 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, the 2,000 Guineas Stakes (GB), Prix des Sablons, Prix Boiard (twice), Prix d'Harcourt (twice), Prix d'Hédouville (twice), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, Prix d'Essai, Prix Lagrange and Middle Park Stakes. He finished second in the Prix Morny, Grand Prix de St. Cloud, and Prix de Chantilly, and third in the 1941 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Djebel was originally trained by Albert Swann at Chantilly. He started five times in 1939 at age two. In his debut at Chantilly, he finished second to the odds-on Lighthouse. He then won the Prix de Chatou at Longchamp by three lengths before finishing second to Lighthouse in the Prix d'Aumale and second to eventual champion filly Furane in the Prix Morny, with Lighthouse back in fourth. At this point, World War II broke out, stopping all racing in France. Djebel was shipped to England in November for the Middle Park Stakes, held later than usual that year on Newmarket's July Course. Djebel won easily by two lengths over the eventual English champion two-year-old Tant Mieux. Djebel was named the Champion two-year-old colt in France.[3]

Djebel's three-year-old campaign of 1940 was interrupted due to the turbulence of the war. In March at Longchamp, he won his first start of the year, then followed up with a win on May 1 in the 2000 Guineas. He would have been the favorite for the Derby in June but was unable to travel due to the escalating war in France. He did not race again until late October when he won the Prix d'Essai, a substitute event that year for both the French 1000 and 2000 Guineas. He finished the year with a disappointing third-place finish in a replacement for the Prix du Jockey-Club, staged that year at Auteuil.[3]

Djebel began 1941 with three wins then finished second to Maurepas in both the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and the Prix de Chantilly. He was the favorite for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe but finished third behind the then-unbeaten champion three-year-old Le Pacha.[3]

For his five-year-old campaign in 1942, Djebel was trained by former jockey Charles Semblat, who stepped up the horse's training regimen. Djebel responded with a perfect season of seven wins, all at Longchamp. His wins included the Prix des Sablons and Prix Boïard in April, the Prix d'Harcourt in May, the Prix d'Hédouville in June and the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in July. In the latter, he ended Le Pacha's unbeaten streak. Djebel was given a short rest before returning in September to win the Prix de Chantilly. He then finished his career by winning the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe where he again beat Le Pacha.[3]

Stud record[edit]

Djebel was retired to stud in 1943 and initially received limited support due to the war. At first, his international appeal was also limited by the fact that he and his progeny could not be included in the General Stud Book (GSB) under the terms of the Jersey Act.[3] The Jersey Act prohibited horses with American blood from being registered as Thoroughbreds in England, and Djebel's sire Tourbillon had three American ancestors in the third generation of his pedigree. Thus Djebel and his get were originally considered half-bred horses in England. In part due to their success, the Jersey Act was amended in 1949 to allow their inclusion in the GSB.[5]

Djebel sired 36 stakes-winners which won 53 stakes-races. In France, he was the leading sire for four years (1947, 1948, 1949, and 1956), second in 1950, and in the top ten in 1952–54. In the twelve-year period from 1946 and 1958, his sons and daughters won 318 races, all together worth FF342,736,777.

His progeny included:[6]

Foaled Name Sex Major Wins/Achievements
1944 Arbar Stallion Ascot Gold Cup
1944 Clarion Stallion Primary continuation of the Byerley Turk sire line (3 known lines exist)[7][8][9][10][11]
1944 Le Lavandou Stallion
1944 Montenica Mare Prix de Diane
1945 Djebe Stallion
1945 Djeddah Stallion Damsire of Never Bend
1945 My Babu Stallion Champagne Stakes, Woodcote Stakes, 2000 Guineas Stakes, Secondary continuation of the Byerley Turk sire line (2 known lines exist)[12][13][14]
1946 Coronation Mare Queen Mary Stakes, Prix Robert Papin, Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
1947 Galcador Stallion Epsom Derby
1948 Djelfa Mare Poule d'Essai des Pouliches
1948 Djebellica Mare Irish Oaks
1952 Hugh Lupus Stallion Irish 2,000 Guineas
1953 Apollina Mare Prix de Diane, Poule d'Essai des Pouliches

He had at least 35 sons at stud around the world, including Argentina, Brazil, France, Great Britain and Japan, plus sires, Emperor and Targui in Australia and New Zealand respectively.[15]

Djebel is responsible for the continuation of the Byerley Turk sire line into the 21st century. Through Clairon, his line includes notable winners such as Sagace, Dr Devious, Don't Forget Me, Indian Ridge, Domedriver, Notnowcato and Dunaden. Multiple Group 1 winner Cirrus des Aigles is another descendant through My Babu.[16]

Djebel was also fairly influential in the breeding of sport horses. My Babu's progeny include the eventer JJ Babu. Djebel is also seen in the pedigree of dressage horse Bolero. Also, the grand prix jumper Napur is related to him through his sire Damascus dam Kerala. My Babu was the sire of Kerala, and therefore one of Napur's grandsires.

In July 1958 Djebel died at Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard at the age of 21.

Sire line tree[edit]

Djebel descendants (click to expand)
  • Djebel[17][18][19][20][21]
    • Arbar
      • Abdos
        • Abgal
        • Adam Van Vianen
      • Arcor
    • Clarion
      • Klairon
        • Blanc Bleu
        • Karol
        • Snark
        • Desert Call
          • Uleanto
        • Caldarello
        • Premier Violon
        • D'Urberville
        • Lorenzaccio
        • Luthier
          • Ashmore
          • Riverton
          • Blue Vermillion
          • Condorcet
          • Dandy Lute
          • Tip Moss
          • Twig Moss
          • Guadanini
          • Montcontour
          • Over The River
          • Galiani
          • Tahitian King
          • No Lute
          • Galant Vert
          • Sagace
          • Saint Cyrien
          • Yawa
          • Idealiste
          • King Luthier
        • Disguise
        • Klairvimy
        • Rose Laurel
        • Common Land
          • Almanac
          • Perfect Timing
        • Shangamuzo
        • Beaudelaire
      • Rumesnil
        • Rumpelstiltskin
      • Pantene
      • Net
      • Le Francais
    • Djelal
    • Le Lavandou
      • Le Levanstell
        • Levmoss
          • Moss Trooper
          • Nuthatch
          • Shantallah
          • Shafaraz
          • M-Lolshan
          • Curioso
        • Sans-Fin
        • Allangrange
        • My Swallow
          • Northern Spring
          • Lucky Cast
          • Waka Tenzan
        • Barclay Joe
        • Chacal
          • Number One
          • Brezo
          • Richal
        • Art Style
        • Le Michel
        • Mart Lane
        • Le Moss
          • Scotton Banks
    • Le Roitelet
    • Damnos
    • Dernah
    • Djebe
      • Blast
      • Joy
    • Djebelilla
      • Dyur
    • Djeddah[22]
      • Midsummer Night
        • Quy
          • Tinto De Toro
        • Jimmy Reppin
          • Beldale Rep
          • The Tinker
          • Joy For Jim
          • Ragtime
          • Rutger Royal
        • Alverton
    • Djefou
      • Rapace
        • Rapanni
          • Mr Pompous
      • Le Sanglier
      • Puissant Chef
      • Courroux
    • My Babu[23]
    • Cantaber
    • Djafar
    • Marveil
      • Azteque
    • Roc Du Diable
    • Targui
      • Lord
      • Oreka
      • Cadiz
      • Sol D'Or
      • Zinder
      • Tardini
    • Cardanil
    • Emperor
      • Tipperary Star
        • Chateau Grande
    • Galcador
    • Djemlah
    • Liberator
    • Nyangal
      • Caporal
    • Rush
    • Argur
      • Arturo A
      • Estreno
    • Astyanax
      • Korok
      • Myjavan
    • Candaules
    • Pharel
      • Giramundi
    • Entente Cordiale
    • Jaddo
      • Diacano
    • Hugh Lupus
      • Hethersett
        • Dalry
        • Heathen
          • Harken
        • Blakeney
          • Norfolk Air
          • Charlotte's Choice
          • Coloso
          • Julio Mariner
          • Roscoe Blake
          • Sexton Blake
          • Commodore Blake
          • Sheringham
          • Tyrnavos
          • Electric
          • Band
          • Castle Rising
          • Just David
          • Satco
          • Dragon Negro
          • La Yegua
        • Harken
        • Nevado
          • Beethoven
        • Schuylerville
          • Avelino
          • Vinetu
          • Ajvanho
          • Armando
        • Healaugh Fox
        • Rarity
          • Decent Fellow
          • Pollerton
          • Rare April
          • Icelandic
          • Camiros
      • Lupus
      • Signal Rocket
      • Clouet
        • Aubry
      • Tiber
    • Olean
    • Atlas
    • Floriados
    • Ace of Clubs
      • Tartan Ace


Pedigree of Djebel (5-j) bay horse, 1937[29]
Tourbillon (FR)
B. 1928
Ksar (FR)
ch. 1918
Bruleur (FR)
B. 1910
Chouberski (FR)
Basse Terre (FR)
Kizil Kourgan (FR)
Ch. 1899
Omnium II (FR)
Kasbah (FR)
Durban (FR)
B. 1918
Durbar (FR)
B. 1911
Rabelais (GB)
Armenia (USA)
Banshee (FR)
B. 1910
Irish Lad (USA)
Frizette (USA)
Loika (FR)
Ch. 1926
Gay Crusader (GB)
b. 1914
Bayardo (GB)
Br. 1906
Bay Ronald (GB)
Galicia (GB)
Gay Laura (GB)
b. 1909
Beppo (GB)
Galeottia (GB)
Coeur a Coeur (FR)
Ch. 1921
Teddy (FR)
B. 1913
Ajax (FR)
Rondeau (GB)
Ballantrae (GB)
B. 1899
Ayrshire (GB)
Abeyance (GB)


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  7. ^ Foundation Byerley Turk Sire Line Drying Up In Australia And Beyond
  8. ^ Texas breeder responds to shrinking Man o’ War line
  10. ^ Pearl Secret Progeny
  11. ^ Captain Chop Progeny
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  17. ^ Byerley Turk Line
  18. ^ Bylerley Turk Jump Sires
  19. ^ Bay Middleton Sire Line
  20. ^ Portrait: Tourbillon
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  22. ^ American Classic Pedigree: Djeddah
  23. ^ American Classic Pedigree: My Babu
  24. ^ Prominent New Zealand Stallion Centaine Dead
  25. ^ Centaine's outstanding record
  26. ^ Sympatico inducted into Show Jumping Hall of Fame
  27. ^ American Classic Pedigree: Precisionist
  28. ^ Hall of Fame: Precisionist
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