Sheik Hamdan Al Maktoum, nine-time champion owner in Britain and influential breeder, dies aged 75 after 30 years of success with some of racing’s best-known horses
- Sheik Hamdan Al Maktoum was one of the top owner-breeders of last 30 years
- It was announced on Wednesday that the Deputy Ruler of Dubai had died at 75
- Sheik Hamdan had some of Britain’s best known horses in his Shadwell Stud
- Nashwan and Erhaab were winners of the Derby in 1989 and 1994 respectively
- He had long associations with Willie Carson, Richard Hills and Paul Hanagan
Five-time champion jockey Willie Carson has led the tributes to nine-time champion owner Sheik Hamdan Al Maktoum who has died at age of 75.
Carson enjoyed a long association with Sheik Hamdan, riding his two Derby winners — Dick Hern-trained Nashwan (1989) and John Dunlop-trained Erhaab (1994).
Carson said: ‘We had a hell of a lot of success. It was dreams coming true, basically. He was a very loyal man and all that loyalty gave people confidence.’
Influential owner and breeder, Sheik Hamdan Al Maktoum (pictured in 2015), has died aged 75
One of the most influential figures in Flat racing in the last 30 years when his blue and white Shadwell Stud colours were a familiar sight on racecourses around the world, Sheik Hamdan was the older brother Sheik Mohammed.
Sheik Hamdan’s first win came with Tom Jones-trained Mushref at Redcar in July 1980.
Nashwan, who also won the 2,000 Guineas, Eclipse and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, was arguably Sheik Hamdan’s best but his procession of quality racehorses also included Dayjur, winner of the 1990 King’s Stand Stakes, Nunthorpe Stakes, Haydock Sprint Cup and Prix de l’Abbaye, and 2001 Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe winner Sakhee.
Jockey Willie Carson celebrates after winning the Derby in 1989 with Sheik Hamdan’s Nashwan
More recent big wins came via Taghrooda, the 2014 Oaks and King George winner, and Muhaarar, champion sprinter in 2015.
He landed his final owners’ title last year when his wins included the Sussex Stakes with Marcus Tregoning’s Mohaather and the King’s Stand and Nunthorpe Stakes with Charlie Hills-trained Battaash.
Tregoning said: ‘He had a great passion for racing. He loved talking about the horses, their pedigree and their temperaments and what they might do.’
Sheik Hamdan holds the Coronation Stakes trophy at Ascot after victory for Ghanaati
Trainers who also enjoyed the patronage of Sheik Hamdan include Owen Burrows, William Haggas, Mark Johnston, John Gosden, Brian Meehan, Sir Michael Stoute and Roger Varian.
In a statement the Sheik’s Shadwell Stud said: ‘His legacy will live on through his horses.’
Sheik Hamdan celebrates with Ghanaati and jockey Richard Hill after their triumph at Ascot