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File:Djebel (FR).jpg
Sire Tourbillon
Dam Loika
Grandsire Ksar
Damsire Gay Crusader
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1937
Country France
Color Bay
Breeder Marcel Boussac
Owner Marcel Boussac. Racing colours: Orange, grey cap.
Trainer Charles Semblat
Record 22: 15-3-3
Earnings 3,253,760[1] & £6,115
Djebel is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Loika by Tourbillon. He was born around 1937 in France, and was bred by Marcel Boussac.
Major wins
Middle Park Stakes (1939)
Prix Lagrange (1940)
Prix d'Essai (1940)
2,000 Guineas (1940)
Prix Boiard (1941 & 1942)
Prix d'Harcourt (1941 & 1942)
Prix d'Hédouville (1941 & 1942)
Prix des Sablons (1942)
Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (1942)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1942)
Gimcrack Stakes (19??)
French Champion Two-Year-Old (1939)
Leading sire in France (1947; 1948; 1949; and 1956)
Prix Djebel at Maisons-Laffitte
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on 17 June 2009

For mountains or other uses, see: Jebel.

Djebel (1937-1958) was a French Thoroughbred racehorse, who won 15 of 22 races during 1939-1942 and was later a leading sire.[2]



Djebel was sired by Tourbillon, a stallion owned by Marcel Boussac, who had won the French Derby and the Prix Lupin, and went on to become a notable sire. Toubillon's dam-sire was the 1914 Derby winner Durbar. Djebel's dam, Loika, was by Gay Crusader and out of Coeur a Coeur.[2] Gay Crusader was the 1917 U.K. Triple Crown champion, and by the influential Bayardo. Coeur a Coeur was by Teddy, whose grandsire was the 1899 English Triple Crown champion Flying Fox. Therefore, Djebel traced back to Bay Ronald twice through his dam (both Bayardo and Teddy's dam-sire were by Bay Ronald). Loika produced seven winners, the greatest of which was Djebel.

Racing career

In his 22 starts, Djebel won 15, placed second in three, and finished third in one. His wins included the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, the 2,000 Guineas Stakes (GB), Prix des Sablons, Prix Boiard (twice), Prix d'Harcourt (twice), Prix d'Hedouville (twice), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, Prix d'Essai, Prix Lagrange, Middle Park Stakes and Gimcrack Stakes (GB). He finished second in the Prix Morny (FR), Grand Prix de St. Cloud (FR), and Prix de Chantilly (FR), and third in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Djebel was the Champion two-year-old in France. He was also the leading money winner as a three-year-old and five-year-old.

Breeding record

Djebel sired 36 stakes-winners which won 53 stakes-races. In France, he was the leading sire for four years (1947, 1948, 1949, and 1956), second in 1950, and in the top ten in 1952-54. In the twelve-year period from 1946 and 1958, his sons and daughters won 318 races, all together worth FF342,736,777.

His progeny included: Apollonia (French Oaks, French 1,000 Guineas), Arbar (Ascot Gold Cup), Clarion (champion two-year-old, sire of Klairon), Coronation V (Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe), Djelfa (French 1,000 Guineas), Djebellica (Irish Oaks), Galcador (Epsom Derby), Hugh Lupus (Irish 2,000 Guineas), My Babu (2,000 Guineas) and Montenica (French Oaks)[3] Djebel was the sire of Djeddah who was the damsire of Never Bend.

He had at least 35 sons at stud around the world, including Argentina, Brazil, France, Great Britain and Japan, plus sires, Emperor and Targui in Australia and New Zealand respectively.[4]

Djebel was, too, fairly influential in the breeding of sport horses. He sired the great My Babu, who was first an excellent racehorse and sire whose progeny include the eventer JJ Babu. Djebel is also seen in the pedigree of dressage horse Bolero. Also, the grand prix jumper Napur is related to him through his sire Damascus dam Kerala. My Babu was the sire of Kerala, and therefore one of Napur's grandsires.

In July 1958 Djebel died at Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard at the age of 19.

Tabulated pedigree

Pedigree of Djebel (5-j) B.h. 1937
Tourbillon b. 1928
ch. 1918
b. 1910
Basse Terre
Kizil Kourgan
ch. 1899
Omnium II
b. 1918
b. 1911
b. 1910
Irish Lad
ch. 1926
Gay Crusader (GB)
b. 1914
br. 1906
Bay Ronald
Gay Laura
b. 1909
Coeur a Coeur
ch. 1921
b. 1913
Ajax I
b. 1899


  1. Birch, Franklin E., Pedigrees of Leading Winners 1912-1959, The Thoroughbred Breeders Assoc., London, 1960
  2. 2.0 2.1 Djebel's pedigree and racing stats
  3. Ahnert, Rainer L. (editor in chief), Thoroughbred Breeding of the World, Pozdun Publishing, Germany, 1970
  4. de Bourg, Ross, The Australian and New Zealand Thoroughbred, Nelson, West Melbourne, 1980, ISBN 0 17 005860 3

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