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Al Kazeem on comeback trail

Al Kazeem is reportedly getting back into the groove on the training front as Roger Charlton prepares the six-year-old for a return to the track.

The Beckhampton handler is planning an autumn campaign for the three-times Group One winner after he proved sub-fertile at stud.

Al Kazeem enjoyed a successful 2013, lifting three races at the highest level, including the Coral-Eclipse, before bowing out with a sixth-placed finish behind Treve in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

The six-year-old colt was retired to the Royal Studs in Sandringham after being bought by the Queen, but after reportedly getting only around 25 mares in foal, he was returned to training in May.

"He's starting to train well - he's adapted to his old life as if he hadn't been away from home," Charlton told At The Races.

"We are obviously thrilled to have him back in training.

"I think he got 25 mares in foal. Who knows whether he'd have been a great stallion, he had all the attributes to be a great stallion.

"It's nice to have him back and if we can get him back to Group One level then that would be a huge satisfaction."