Hamdan Al Maktoum owner and breeder of some of the greatest racehorses has died at the age of 75.
Sheikh Hamdan owned and bred a string of successful racehorses. His famous racing colours of blue and white silks were worn by the champions of racing such a Nashwan, Dayjur and Battaash.
He was nine times champion flat owner in Britain in the years 1990, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2005, 2009, 2014, 2019 and 2020. He won two Derbys with Nashwan in 1989 and Erhaab in 1994 as well as owning winners in the 2,000 Guineas, 1,000 Guineas, Oaks, Irish Derby, Irish 2,000 Guineas, Irish 1,000 Guineas and Poule d’Essai des Pouliches. His international wins include two Melbourne Cups with At Talaq in1986 and Jeune in 1994, as well as a Breeders’ Cup Classic with Invasor in 2006, the Belmont Stakes with Jazil in 2006 and the Dubai World Cup with Almutawakel in 1999 and Invasor in 2007.
He also ran a successful world wide breeding operation Shadwell Estates. He purchased Shadwell Estate, near Thetford in Norfolk, in 1984 while sister operations are run at Derrinstown Stud near Maynooth, County Kildare and at Shadwell Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.
An official statement from Shadwell stated “It is with great sadness that Shadwell announces the death of His Highness, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum. He died peacefully on Wednesday 24th March 2021. It is a time to reflect on his achievements and his enormous contribution to the global Thoroughbred and Arabian industries. His legacy will live on through his horses. Everyone at Shadwell is so proud to have worked for such a loyal, generous, humble and wise man.”
Richard Hills, assistant racing manager to the Shadwell operation, said: “It’s very sad news. It’s like losing a boss and a father as I’ve known Sheikh Hamdan my whole life. He was such a good man and we were very close. I know he was very frustrated about not being able to come to Royal Ascot last year when we had six winners as he loved Ascot. I last spoke to him only a couple of weeks ago and he’ll be sorely missed.”