Ksar (horse)

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Ksar, 1921
Sire Bruleur
Grandsire Chouberski
Dam Kizil Kourgan
Damsire Omnium II
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1918
Country France
Colour Chestnut
Breeder Evremond de Saint-Alary
Owner Madame Edmond Blanc
Trainer Walter R. Walton
Record 15: 11-3-0[1]
Earnings 1,562,025 FF[1]
Major wins
Prix de la Salamandre (1920)
Prix Royal-Oak (1921)
Prix Hocquart (1921)
Prix du Jockey Club (1921)
Prix Lupin (1921)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1921 & 1922)
Prix du President de la Republique (1922)
Prix du Prince d'Orange (1922)
Prix du Cadran (1922)
Prix des Sablons (1922)
Leading sire in France (1931)
Last updated on 2 December 2009

Ksar (1918–1937) was a French Thoroughbred racehorse who had back-to-back wins in France's most prestigious horse race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.


Bred by Evremond de Saint-Alary at his Haras de Saint Pair du Mont in Normandy, Ksar was purchased by the renowned French horseman Edmond Blanc. Ksar was inbred to the French Derby winner, Omnium II (3f x 2f) with this giving him three crosses of Dollar (4f x 5m x 6m).[2] Kizil Kourgan was the winner of the French 1000 Guineas and Oaks, the Grand Prix de Paris and other races. Her first foal was Kenilworth, by Childwick. Kenilworth won the Prix Greffulhe, Prix Rainbow and the marathon four mile (6,400 metres) race, Prix Gladiateur before being exported to Australia and becoming a successful sire.[3][4]

Racing record[edit]

Edmond Blanc died in 1920, and his widow raced Ksar, beginning at age two when he won the Prix de la Salamandre at Longchamp Racecourse.

At age three, Ksar was the dominant horse in France, winning five major races, including the coveted Prix du Jockey Club and the first of his two consecutive Prix de l'Arc de Triomphes. He ran poorly in the 1921 Grand Prix de Paris which had previously been won by both Ksar's sire and dam.[3]

Ksar continued his dominance at age four, winning his second Arc and adding the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (Prix du President de la Republique). Ksar was retired after his four-year-old racing season with 11 wins and 3 places from his 15 starts.[1]

Stud record[edit]

At his owner's Haras de Jardy, stud, Ksar was the leading sire in France in 1931 and an influential sire.

Notable progeny includes[edit]

  • Diademe, who won in England and France,
  • Le Ksar (2,000 Guineas, stood in England from 1939 to 1943 and then exported to Argentina)
  • Maravilla a successful Spanish broodmare.
  • Thor II (French Derby, French Gold Cup, second in the Ascot Gold Cup defeating Hyperion).
  • Tourbillon (1928), who won the French Derby and contributed to many modern pedigrees
  • Ukrania, won Prix de Diane and the
  • Ut Majeur (Cesare-witch, etc., sent to Hungary in 1936 after three or four seasons at stud in England);
  • Yema (dam of the 2000 Guineas winner Kingsway)

Among Ksar's grandsons are Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winners Djebel (1942) and Caracalla (1946). Ksar was also the damsire of the 1941 Arc winner and Three-Year-Old Champion Le Pacha.[5]

In 1935, Ksar was sold to American[6] breeding interests and stood at stud at Montana Hall Stud in Virginia, where he produced a number of international show jumping horses until his death in 1937 at age nineteen.[7]


Pedigree of Ksar (FR) (3-n) chestnut stallion, 1918
Bay 1910
Bay 1902
Bay 1895
Bay 1891
The Bard
Santa Lucia
Basse Terre
Chestnut 1899
Omnium II
Chestnut 1892
Bay 1890
St. Gatien
Kizil Kourgan
Chestnut 1899
Omnium II
Chestnut 1892
Chestnut 1833
Chestnut 1886
Blue Serge
Bay 1892
Bay 1879
Chestnut 1883
Guy Dayrell
Keapsake (family: 3-n)


  1. ^ a b c Ahnert, Rainer L. (editor in chief), Thoroughbred Breeding of the World, Pozdun Publishing, Germany, 1970
  2. ^ Morris, Simon; Tesio Power 2000 - Stallions of the World, Syntax Software
  3. ^ a b Leicester, Sir Charles, Bloodstock Breeding, J.A. Allen & Co, London, 1969
  4. ^ Australian Stud Book: Kizil Kourgan Retrieved 201101014
  5. ^ Australian Stud book: Ksar (FR) Retrieved 2011-1-14
  6. ^ Pryor, Peter, The Classic Connection, Cortney Publications, Luton, 1979
  7. ^ Sire Lines Of International Jumpers Retrieved 2011-1-14

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