Horse racing fraternity pays glowing tribute to Sheikh Hamdan
A great loss to Dubai and our sport. He was one of the greatest owner breeders of modern times, Godolphin said on Twitter
The horse racing fraternity has paid glowing tribute to Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, who passed away earlier today.
Sheikh Hamdan, one of the leading horse owners, won some of the most prestigious races across the world.
A sparkling run from Battaash, a world-class sprinter, last year saw Sheikh Hamdan win Britain’s champion owner title for the sixth time.
“So very sad of the passing of HH Sheikh Hamdam bin Rashid Al Maktoum, You would not meet a more honest and loyal man, I will be forever grateful to him , it’s been a honour and a privilege to ride for him , my thoughts are with his family,” leading jockey Jim Crowley wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Champions Series wrote on their Twitter handle: “We’re deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum. A hugely important figure in British and international racing, his blue and white silks were carried to victory by a host of equine greats. Our condolences to all connected @ShadwellStud.”
The Jockey Club too were deeply saddened by the news.
“We're saddened by the passing of Sheikh Hamdan, a great supporter of British racing over several decades and whose blue and white silks have enjoyed so much success on our racecourses. Our deepest condolences to his family and the team at @ShadwellStud,” The Jockey Club wrote on its Twitter handle.
Meanwhile, Godolphin called it a great loss for the racing world.
“Everyone at Godolphin is deeply saddened to hear of the death of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum. A great loss to Dubai and our sport. He was one of the greatest owner breeders of modern times. Our deepest condolences to His Family and all. @ShadwellStud,” Godolphin said on Twitter.
Apart from winning big races in the UAE, including the Dubai World Cup, Sheikh Hamdan’s horses also clinched several victories in the United Kingdom as he claimed some of the top races like the 1000 Guineas, 2000 Guineas, the Epsom Derby, the Epsom Oaks, St.James’s Palace Stakes, Coronation Stakes, Queen Anne Stakes, Prince of Wales’s Stakes, Ascot Gold Cup and Eclipse Stakes, and many others.
Sheikh Hamdan also won several premier racing events in the United States with Invasor taking the prestigious Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2006.
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