Sheikh Hamdan

Malathaat Looks to Remain Perfect in Ashland

Blue-blooded 'TDN Rising Star' Malathaat (Curlin) looks to follow in her dam and grand-dam's hoofprints by adding a Grade I to her perfect resume Saturday in the GI Central Bank Ashland S. at Keeneland. A debut winner going seven panels at Belmont Oct. 9, the $1.05-million KEESEP purchase romped by 7 3/4 lengths in the one-mile Tempted S. at Aqueduct Nov. 6. She proved distance was no issue when coming alive late with a determined rally to capture a sloppy renewal of the nine-panel GII Demoiselle S. at the Big...

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Letters to the Editor: Carl McEntee

Good Morning, It's not often that I feel compelled to write, but in this case the sensitivity and poise by which Chris McGrath addressed the passing of Sheihk Hamdan was truly skillful. The world of horse racing, and for that matter, breeding, has been dealt a huge blow with the passing of both Sheikh Hamdan and Prince Khalid. As Chris so poignantly mentioned, we have taken for granted the impact both men had on our industry on a global scale, and the thought of a world in which racing will...

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This Side Up: Empty Stands and Full Hearts in Dubai

The show must go on. After a year of pandemic, that turns out to be pretty much the default setting of our commendably resilient species. And you couldn't ask for a much better example than the staging of the G1 Dubai World Cup--just three days after the death of Sheikh Hamdan; behind closed doors, and behind closed faces. At the best of times, it's difficult for family and friends of public figures to grieve in a duly intimate register. Throw in the frigid constrictions of Covid, with no tactile consolation...

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Carson Remembers “Gentleman” Sheikh Hamdan

A day removed from the death of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum at the age of 75, Willie Carson-his former retained rider who rode many of his great stars of the late 1980s and 1990s-remembered his former boss as "a gentleman, a really nice man." Carson recalled on Sky Sports Racing how the appointment with Sheikh Hamdan pulled him back from the brink of retirement. "The lease was not going to be renewed for [trainer Dick Hern's] West Ilsley stables and Dick was a bit taken aback by that...

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Shadwell Reveals 2021 Mating Plans for Their Quality Broodmare Band

The mating plans for the high-quality Shadwell broodmare band were announced by the stud on Monday. Nunnery Stud's four stallions, led by new recruit Mohaather (GB) (Showcasing {GB}), will all be well supported by Shadwell. Several top-flight winners are booked to the 2020 G1 Sussex S. victor, among them dual Group 1 winners Nazeef (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}), Ghanaati (Giant's Causeway) and South African multiple Grade 1 winner Majmu (Aus) (Redoute's Choice {Aus}). They are joined by Ghanaati's Rahy half-sister, the stakes winner and G1 Oaks third Rumoush, who already...

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Group 1 Trainer Robert Armstrong Passes Away at 77

Retired trainer Robert Armstrong passed away on Feb. 5 after a brief illness, reported Racing Post. He was 77. A trainer of champions Moorestyle (GB) (Manacle {GB}) and Never So Bold (GB) (Bold Lad {Ire}), Armstrong trained from his Newmarket base of St Gatien Stables for 27 years until 2000. He was a third-generation trainer after his father and grandfather. In total, his horses won 13 Group 1 races. Sheikh Hamdan utilised Armstrong as a trainer for approximately 15 years until his retirement. One of the notable winners in the...

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Sussex Hero A New Recruit For Nunnery

The 2020 G1 Sussex S. was arguably one of the best races of last year's flat season and the victor, Mohaather (GB) (Showcasing {GB}), won it in such a fashion that he quickly become a talking horse for the year. Mohaather was one of a team of horses who helped his owner Sheikh Hamdan become champion owner in Britain for 2020 and he is now taking up stud duties at Shadwell's Nunnery Stud. TDN's Alayna Cullen caught up with Nominations and Marketing Manager Tom Pennington. AC: Tom, I think it's...

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John Gosden Crowned Champion Trainer

John Gosden was on Monday named champion flat trainer for the third year running and fifth time overall. Gosden's runners earned £3,114,226 on the racecourse in 2020, more than £650,000 ahead of Aidan O'Brien. Gosden's stable took home seven Group 1 trophies this year, including a third win in the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. for Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) and for Stradivarius (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) in the G1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. "I would like to thank all of my staff for all...

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Elarqam, Yafta Retired to Haras de Saint Arnoult

MGSW Elarqam (GB) (Frankel {GB}-Attraction {GB}, by Efisio {GB}), who ran third in the G1 Juddmonte International in 2019 for Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell, has been retired and will stand at Haras de Saint Arnoult in partnership with Shadwell next year. The three-time group winner will command €6,000. The partnership to stand the dark bay son of Classic heroine Attraction was brokered by Richard Venn. "We are extremely excited to be standing Elarqam in France from next season, in partnership with Haras de Saint Arnoult," said Shadwell Stud Director Richard Lancaster....

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G1SW Mohaather to Stand at Nunnery Stud

Group 1 winner Mohaather (GB) (Showcasing {GB}-Roodeye {GB}, by Inchinor {GB}) will stand at Nunnery Stud in 2021, Shadwell announced on Monday. The 2020 G1 Sussex S. hero was retired earlier this year after sustaining bone bruising in his near hind fetlock joint. A fee for the bay will be announced later. Richard Lancaster, Shadwell Stud Director, said, "The entire team at Shadwell are delighted to be standing Mohaather at  Nunnery. He put up arguably the best performance of any miler this year when defeating a top-class field in the...

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Alkumait Supplemented to Dewhurst

Group winner Alkumait (GB) (Showcasing {GB}) has joined the Oct. 10 G1 Darley Dewhurst S. field after a late supplementation. Bearing the Shadwell colours alongside Owen Burrows trainee and G2 Champagne S. bridesmaid Albasheer (Ire) (Shamardal), he is one of 18 in the field for the Newmarket Group 1. The colt broke his maiden at second asking at Goodwood and doubled up with a win at Newbury in the G2 Mill Reef S. on Sept. 19. "He runs on Saturday and I've been very happy with him since Newbury," said...

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Battaash Out Of Abbaye Due To Ground

Battaash (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) has been scratched from Sunday's G1 Prix de l'Abbaye due to the heavy ground and could instead be re-routed to the Breeders' Cup on Nov. 7 at Keeneland. The 6-year-old gelding Battaash is a perfect three-for-three this year, but he beat just two home in a rare below-par performance in last year's Abbaye over the very soft ground. "They have had 13 millimetres of rain overnight, added to the rest earlier in the week," said trainer Charlie Hills. "I think it was 4.1 on the...

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