Xaar has been retired from stud duties by Darley Japan. Now rising 18, he had been standing at Sheikh Mohammed’s Hokkaido base since 2008.
Bred and raced by Juddmonte Farms, Xaar was named Champion French 2YO Colt in 1997 after dismissing his rivals by seven length in the G1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket. He supported that unforgettable performance with another G1 at home in the Prix de la Salamandre.
Xaar bowed out in July 2009 at Sandown and nearly pinched a G1 farewell in the Coral Eclipse Stakes. Under a heady front-running ride by Frankie Dettori, Xaar gave his all but couldn’t hold off long-shot Compton Admiral. He also gave the winner 5kg.
He arrived in Australia to serve 90 mares in 2000 before starting his first northern stud career in Ireland at Kildangan Stud in 2001. Darley shuttled him to NSW for five years and then leased him to Neville Duncan at Oakland Park for a one-off season in 2005.
Xaar (Zafonic – Monroe by Sir Ivor) returned to Europe for the 2006 and 2007 seasons before the transfer to Japan. The best of his 31 stakes winners is Irish bred gelding Xtension who has claimed the last two editions of the HKJC G1 Champions Mile winner
In Australia, they have risen to Group 2 level with No Questions (WA Karrakatta Plate) and Acey Ducey (STC Phar Lap Stakes). Overall, Xaar has sired 454 individual winners in 34 countries at a 52% strike-rate.