Tributes have been paid today following the news that Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum has passed away, aged 75.
Sheikh Hamdan was one of the most influential figures in modern horseracing and his Shadwell Racing operation has enjoyed widespread international success over many years.
Since it was established in the early 1980s, Shadwell Racing and its iconic blue and white colours have been synonymous with success on British Racing’s biggest stages.
Sheikh Hamdan enjoyed no fewer than 12 victories in Classic races, beginning with the legendary Nashwan, who won each of the 2000 Guineas, the Derby at Epsom Downs, the Eclipse at Sandown Park and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in a stunning three year old campaign in 1989 which led to him becoming Champion Flat Owner on eight occasions, including last year.
Shadwell Racing has also enjoyed huge success all over the world, winning prestigious prizes in countries including France, Ireland, the United States, Australia and Dubai.
Some of the most recognisable horses to have carried Sheikh Hamdan’s colours in recent years include the classy 2014 Oaks winner Taghrooda and the electric sprinter Battaash.
Along with success on the track, Shadwell Stud has enjoyed a huge influence in the breeding industry, running highly successful operations in Norfolk, Derrinstown and Kentucky and building a legacy which should last for many years to come.
Sandy Dudgeon, Senior Steward of The Jockey Club, said: “I was very sad to learn of the death of Sheikh Hamdan. He was a great supporter of British Racing and I know how much he enjoyed spending time at Flat Racing HQ in Newmarket.
“Over several decades so many wonderful horses carried his blue and white silks, including Nashwan, Erhaab, Marju, Dayjur, Al Bahathri and Salsibil. I would like to extend our deepest condolences to his family, the team at Shadwell and the people of the UAE.”