By Edouard Aldahdah
Posted on November 3rd, 2013 in Tunisia
I am even more disconnected from the racing scene in the USA than I thought. I recently found out that the 1983 Tunisian Jilfan Dhawi racehorse Okba (Koufi x Ahram by Esmet Ali) had been imported to the USA where his offspring (out of mares from non-asil race Russian, Polish, US/Kontiki and other racing lines) have been topping the charts of race winners over the past decade. He was first raced in Tunisia (10-9-1), then in Oman (4-1-0) where he was spotted and imported to the USA by Stephen Hollis.
Okba was bred by the Tunisian Government Stud of Sidi Thabet from Algerian and Tunisian bloodlines only (save for two crosses to Ibn Fayda I, a gift from Prince Kemal El Dine Hussein to Tunisia). His pedigree is that of an Asil and is significant in that he does not trace to old (asil) French mainland lines (e.g., Duc) which were common in Tunisia at the time. He also traces up close to two of the foundation mares (Ambria and Palmyre) of the famed stud of Admiral Cordonnier in Tunisia.
I will be proposing him for inclusion in the Al Khamsa Roster next year, after I do my due diligence on his trajectory and on the very large number of desert-bred ancestors in his pedigree.