The 16-year-old stallion Zazou , winner of the 2011 Premio Roma (G1) and second in the Deutsches Derby (G1) in 2010, was reported stolen from his stable at Darhorse Stud on the evening of March 3. The case is being investigated by the Czech police.
Zazou, who has been standing in the Czech Republic since 2016, is one of the most sought-after sires in the country. In addition to mares from domestic owners, he has covered a number from abroad, including Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, and Scandinavia.
Zazou is part of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov’s estate, which has been frozen under international sanctions.
Zazou ran from 2- to 8-years-old, during which time he won nine races and earned more than €1.2 million. His group 1 success came at the Capannelle in 2011, and he had finished second in the Deutsches Derby to Buzzword the year before.
He was fifth to Monterosso in the 2012 Dubai World Cup (G1), while he also won the 2010 Oppenheim-Union-Rennen (G2) and three group 3 races.
Zazou was bred by Stiftung Gestüt Fährhof and is the fourth foal out of the listed-winning Lomitas mare Zaza Top, making him a half brother to winners including the dual-purpose Zoe Dream, Silke Top, and group 2-placed Za Za Gabor.