Shadwell Estate Company has announced plans to slim down its operations in the UK, Ireland and America “to focus on quality and competition at the highest level of the sport”.
The racing and breeding enterprise was established by Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum in the 1980s, with the famous blue and white silks carried by greats of the Turf such as Nashwan, Salsabil, Dayjur and Battaash, with Prix du Moulin hero Baaeed currently flying the flag for the team in Europe this season, while Kentucky Oaks winner Malathaat is firing on all cylinders for Todd Pletcher in America.
However, following the death of Sheikh Hamdan in March this year, Shadwell has announced it will undertake “a full review of all its activities that will result in important changes for the business”.
A statement continued: “As a result, its operations in the UK, Ireland and the USA will contract, with a focus on quality and competition at the highest level of the sport with horses of the calibre of Baaeed and Malathaat.
“A number of horses in training and homebred yearlings will be sold this autumn, while its broodmare band will be further reduced through dispersals at key auctions over the coming months.”
Although cutting back on operations, the statement reaffirmed the desire of Sheikh Hamdan’s daughter Sheikha Hissa to remain involved in racing, with no plans to sell any of its stallions, which include top miler Mohaather, Muhaarar, Tasleet and Eqtidaar who all reside at Nunnery Stud in Norfolk.
It added: “The family wish to stress that they remain extremely passionate about the sport and through the chairmanship of Sheikha Hissa, herself an accomplished horsewoman, are committed to ensuring that their father’s legacy endures for many years to come. They intend to retain a significant number of homebred foals and will continue their global stallion operations.”
Chris Kennard, the UK director of Shadwell Estate Company Ltd, said: “As part of a long-term plan for Shadwell to operate on a sustainable footing, a recent decision has been made to contract the size of the global business.
“This will involve the imminent sale of a substantial number of horses – including yearlings, horses in training and breeding stock, and in due course, a reorganisation of each of the worldwide operations.”
Shadwell announced its intention to wind down operations in Australia and South Africa before Sheikh Hamdan’s death.
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It is quite fitting the first and latest of Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s champion owner titles are most remembered for a sprinter.
Dayjur was the horse that lit up the 1990 campaign with five consecutive victories in the Temple Stakes, King’s Stand, Nunthorpe, Haydock Sprint Cup and Prix de l’Abbaye, before his agonising defeat in the Breeders’ Cup.
Last season it was Battaash, who finally added a Royal Ascot triumph in the King’s Stand on the way to winning the King George Stakes at Goodwood for a fourth time and claiming back-to-back victories in the Nunthorpe at York.
Battaash was one of six winners in the familiar blue and white colours at Royal Ascot, which was held behind closed doors due to the pandemic.
All six were partnered by Sheikh Hamdan’s retained rider Jim Crowley.
He knows Sheikh Hamdan, who died on Wednesday at the age of 75, would have loved to have been in attendance.
“It was such a shame last year Sheikh Hamdan couldn’t come to Royal Ascot due to Covid and watch the horses run,” he said.
“He had the most unbelievable year in 2020. But before that we’d had some great days.
“When Sheikh Hamdan came to the races we always had luck. It was great he could be at York to see Battaash win in 2019. That was probably one of the most satisfying days. It was great he could be there as well.”
Crowley, who replaced Paul Hanagan as Sheikh Hamdan’s number one at the end of 2016, felt such pride at taking the coveted position.
“It was a huge honour and a privilege to be able to to ride for him,” he said.
“He was extremely knowledgeable about his horses. He had a lot of horses in training, but he knew their pedigree inside and out. It was a huge passion for him, he loved it.
“He was very kind and generous, and loyalty is a word that stands out more than the others. You only have to look at his trainers, jockeys – everybody has been with him for the long haul. It’s just a real pleasure to have ridden for him.”
Crowley went on: “He built up a huge legacy and he’ll be missed by a lot of people.
“Sheikh Hamdan would always strive to have good horses and breed good horses as well. It’s a huge loss. He was a wonderful man and will be missed dearly.
“It’s very, very sad.”
Battaash is trained by Charlie Hills, who knew Sheikh Hamdan most of his life.
He was a big supporter of the Hills family, with Barry and son Charlie training for him and another son, Richard, being one of his retained jockeys.
“If you think of Sheikh Hamdan’s horses, then Battaash would have to be in the top three,” Charlie Hills said.
“Muhaarar was brilliant, winning four consecutive Group Ones as a three-year-old. He’s the only sprinter to do that. He was a highlight.
“He was the best to train for. It’s very sad. He’s been a constant presence in my life. He’s had horses with our family since the late 1990s and he’s been a great supporter.
“Sheikh Hamdan was not only a major owner-breeder, but he was always a huge presence at the sales.”
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Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum made an indelible mark on the world of horse racing.
Born on December 25, 1945, the son of the late ruler of Dubai, Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, and older brother of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sheikh Hamdan was the deputy ruler of Dubai, as well as being the Minister of Finance and Industry of the United Arab Emirates.
Having attended Bell School of Languages in Cambridge between 1967 and 1968, he was the deputy prime minister of the UAE between 1971 and 1973.
He shared his love for horses with his brothers, and his influence on the world racing scene cannot be overstated, not only through the exploits of brilliant racehorses such as Nashwan and Dayjur and so many others, but also across the industry.
His Shadwell Stud breeding operation reached around the world – with horses trained in America, Australia, Dubai, South Africa, Ireland and France – and his investment in the sport is virtually unquantifiable, from bloodstock to sponsorship and people and property.
Sheikh Hamdan enjoyed his first winner in Britain in 1980, and Al Bahathri was one of his first truly top-class fillies – narrowly touched off in the 1985 1000 Guineas before going on to make amends in the Irish equivalent.
She also won the Coronation and Falmouth Stakes, with Sheikh Hamdan later funding one of the main training gallops in Newmarket and naming it in her honour.
Crowned champion owner in Britain nine times and a leading figure in the creation of Godolphin, undoubtedly his most famous horse was the home-bred Nashwan, who lit up the 1989 Flat season with his victories in the 2000 Guineas and Derby under Willie Carson.
Dayjur was, of course, a sprinter to behold – heartbreakingly failing to win the Breeders’ Cup Sprint when jumping a shadow close to the line – and more recently Battaash has been another sprint king in the blue and white silks.
Many other Classic victories came Sheikh Hamdan’s way – and the brilliant filly Salsabil famously beat the colts in the 1990 Irish Derby. He even won the Melbourne Cup, twice, through At Talaq (1986) and Jeune (1994).
Dubai World Cup success has been his, with Almutawakel (1999), Invasor (2007), and just last season Mohaather oozed class in winning the Sussex Stakes.
Speak to any of his trainers or retained jockeys, and they all say the same – a gentleman to deal with, loyal and blessed with an incredible passion for his horses.
Perhaps a pivotal moment for Sheikh Hamdan’s breeding empire was the decision to purchase Height Of Fashion from the Queen for a reported £1.5million in 1982.
While Height Of Fashion disappointed in two starts in his colours, she was to prove a broodmare of the very highest order – with the aforementioned Nashwan, plus his siblings Unfuwain and Nayef, among her outstanding progeny.
Her daughter Sarayir went on to produce 1,000 Guineas winner Ghanaati, while Oaks heroine Eswarah was a daughter of Unfuwain. The fact last year’s Royal Ascot winner Hukum has Height Of Fashion as his fifth dam admirably illustrates the impact of that inspired buy.
Sheikh Hamdan’s legacy will live on through the Shadwell banner – and the memories of those great horses that carried his instantly-recognisable silks are unlikely to ever fade.
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From Nashwan to Dayjur, some of the greatest names of the Turf have carried Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s colours to victory over the years. There are too many to mention, but here is a very select few:
Nashwan (Major Dick Hern)
Ask anyone to name a horse associated with Sheikh Hamdan, and most would surely answer ‘Nashwan’. He bestrode the 1989 season as a colossus, winning the 2000 Guineas, the Derby, the Eclipse and the King George. It was decided to aim him at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe rather than go for the Triple Crown in the St Leger at Doncaster, but he was beaten in his trial, the Prix Niel, and did not run again.
Salsabil (John Dunlop)
An exceptional filly meticulously nurtured by her trainer, not only to land the 1000 Guineas and the Oaks in 1990 but also to go on and defeat the colts in the Irish Derby when her victims included Epsom hero Quest For Fame. After becoming the first filly to strike since Gallaria in 1900, Salsabil was described by Dunlop as “the best animal I have ever trained and is quite outstanding”.
Dayjur (Major Dick Hern)
Has there ever been a more brilliant European sprinter than Dayjur? Group One wins in 1990 came his way in the Nunthorpe, Haydock Sprint Cup and the Prix de l’Abbaye, before his date with destiny awaited in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint on dirt at Belmont Park. What happened that day is etched in Turf folklore – because with the race at his mercy, Willie Carson’s mount jumped a shadow 50 yards from home, after battling to the lead. That was enough to see him lose out in heartbreaking fashion to Safely Kept.
Sakhee (John Dunlop/Saeed bin Suroor)
Undoubtedly one of the finest horses to carry Sheikh Hamdan’s silks, finishing second in the 2000 Derby to Sinndar and then fourth to Giant’s Causeway in the Eclipse, in a portent of what was to come. The son of Bahri joined Godolphin for his four-year-old season, winning the Juddmonte International and Arc before being beaten a nose by Tiznow in an unforgettable Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Erhaab (John Dunlop)
Perhaps not as brilliant as some in the blue and white, Erhaab was still a very smart performer – as wins in the 1994 Dante and Derby attest. He was third in the Eclipse subsequently, with his last run coming when seventh in the King George.
Taghrooda (John Gosden)
Like Salsabil, Taghrooda was a brilliant filly who showed she could mix it against the colts. She shot to prominence in the Pretty Polly on her three-year-old bow and backed up the impression she created at Newmarket with an emphatic success in the Oaks. The Sea The Stars filly then won the King George – and after finishing second in the Yorkshire Oaks, she ended her career with third place to Treve in the 2014 Arc.
Invasor (Kiaran McLaughlin)
The Argentinian-bred was purchased by Sheikh Hamdan after winning the Uruguay Triple Crown – and it was to prove a very shrewd acquisition. Transferred to America, the son of Candy Stripes won four Grade Ones in 2006, culminating in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. He reappeared in February the following year, taking another Grade One, before going on to glory in the Dubai World Cup.
Nayef (Marcus Tregoning)
Nashwan’s half-brother went into winter quarters unbeaten in two juvenile outings and labelled a champion in waiting. Those dreams initially came to an abrupt halt when he was beaten at odds on in the Craven and finished only eighth in the 2000 Guineas. Given a break, he returned to pick up three Group Three contests and ended the year with victory in the Champion Stakes. He further demonstrated his class as a four-year-old, landing the Dubai Sheema Classic and Juddmonte International, as well as being runner-up to Golan in the King George. He stayed in training at five, too, running with great credit to be third in the Dubai World Cup and winning the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Bahri (John Dunlop)
Promising if not obviously remarkable at two, the Riverman colt developed into a top-notch performer in his Classic season, finishing third in both the English and Irish 2000 Guineas before hitting the Group One target in the St James’s Palace Stakes. He was narrowly beaten by Sayyedati in the Sussex Stakes and then tried a mile and a quarter in the Juddmonte International, where only Halling was too good. He returned to a mile at Ascot to win the QEII – a race in which Carson memorably chartered a wide path under the trees, a manoeuvre to this day referred to as the ‘Bahri route’.
Battaash (Charlie Hills)
Given the exploits of Dayjur, it seems rather fitting that another sprinter showed off the same colours to such great effect 30 years later. Magnificent at his best, a deserved Royal Ascot victory came his way last year, to go with two Nunthorpes and an Abbaye. Remarkably, he has won won the King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood four years running. He will be back this season to add to his laurels.
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