Sheikh Hamdan crowned leading owner at Royal Ascot

Six winners at the meeting in an outstanding week for Shadwell
Molatham: an exciting winner of the Jersey Stakes for Shadwell

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the wider Shadwell operation celebrated an outstanding week of success at Royal Ascot 2020.

Sheikh Hamdan was crowned the leading owner with a superb tally of six individual winners, all partnered by retained jockey Jim Crowley.

Off to a perfect start

The meeting got off to a flying start with a one-three in the Buckingham Palace Handicap for horses owned by Sheikh Hamdan, with MOTAKHAYYEL finishing first and MUTAMAASIK a creditable third.

MOTAKHAYYEL, trained by Richard Hannon, is a four-year-old colt by Sheikh Hamdan’s former Hackwood Stakes winner HEERAAT. He was bred by Crossfields Bloodstock out of VIRTUALITY, a placed daughter of ELUSIVE QUALITY and Royal Ascot scorer HOLD TO RANSOM.

The dam is in good form, as she is also responsible for the two-year-old colt ADAAY DREAM, who hails from the first crop of Sheikh Hamdan’s dual Group 2 winner ADAAY and was an impressive winner on debut at Newcastle this month.

Battaash brilliance

Later on the card Sheikh Hamdan’s superstar sprinter BATTAASH deployed his blistering speed by burning off his rivals to win the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes by two and a quarter lengths.

This was the Charlie Hills-trained gelding’s 11th career victory and his ninth in a Pattern race. He is expected to go for a fourth consecutive win in the King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

A son of DARK ANGEL, BATTAASH was bred by Ballyphilip Stud out of the LAWMAN mare ANNA LAW. She is a half-sister to BIRD KEY, the dam of Sheikh Hamdan’s Duke of York Stakes winner TASLEET, who stood his second season at Nunnery Stud this year.

Nazeef makes it a treble

Progressive four-year-old filly NAZEEF made it a famous treble for Sheikh Hamdan on the opening day of the royal meeting with a determined victory in the Group 2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes.

The Shadwell homebred daughter of INVINCIBLE SPIRIT – sire of Nunnery Stud-based Commonwealth Cup hero EQTIDAAR – has now won five of her six starts for trainer John Gosden and is expected to take her chance in Group 1 company soon.

NAZEEF is out of HANDASSA, a daughter of DUBAWI who won the Listed Garnet Stakes for Sheikh Hamdan. The dam is a half-sister to Pattern winners DESERT STONE and EUGINIO.

Height Of Fashion clan strikes again

Sheikh Hamdan notched another winner on the second day of Royal Ascot and judging by the comfortable victory of HUKUM in the King George V Stakes Handicap on only his third start – despite losing one of his hind shoes in the race – he could be a star of the future.

HUKUM, a three-year-old son of SEA THE STARS in training with Owen Burrows, is a Shadwell homebred and hails from one of the operation’s very best families.

He is out of AGHAREED, a Listed-winning daughter of KINGMAMBO and Sheikh Hamdan’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf heroine LAHUDOOD. His fifth dam is the outstanding blue hen HEIGHT OF FASHION, who gave Shadwell the celebrities NASHWAN, NAYEF and UNFUWAIN.

Molatham makes his mark

Sheikh Hamdan’s silks were back in the winner’s enclosure on the third day of Royal Ascot as MOLATHAM kept on well to take the Group 3 Jersey Stakes.

The son of exciting second-season sire NIGHT OF THUNDER confirmed the strong form of his Listed Flying Scotsman Stakes success at two, when he had 2,000 Guineas runner-up WICHITA and Group 3 scorer BERLIN TANGO in behind.

MOLATHAM, “a beautiful horse” according to his trainer Roger Varian, was bred by Cheveley Park Stud out of the winning PIVOTAL mare CANTAL, a half-sister to Group 3 winner EVASIVE descended from dual French Classic heroine EAST OF THE MOON and her magnificent dam MIESQUE.

Khaloosy comes to the fore

It was a day three double for Sheikh Hamdan when KHALOOSY, another three-year-old colt trained by Roger Varian, stormed to a four and a half-length victory in the Britannia Stakes Handicap.

With two wide-margin wins from just three starts, he is also set for a step up in class.

KHALOOSY is a Shadwell homebred by DUBAWI out of ELSHAADIN, a daughter of DALAKHANI and DISTINCTIVE LOOK, who is in turn a winning DANEHILL half-sister to Group 1 winners GREAT HEAVENS, NATHANIEL and PLAYFUL ACT.

And that’s not all…

It was not just Royal Ascot that provided good results for Sheikh Hamdan and Shadwell stallions throughout the week.

On the Sunday before the royal meeting started, homebred TAWKEEL remained unbeaten in four starts with a stunning five-length victory in the Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary at Chantilly.

The Jean-Claude Rouget-trained three-year-old filly is by TEOFILO out of RAFAADAH, a Listed-winning daughter of OASIS DREAM and multiple Group scorer JOANNA.

Sheikh Hamdan’s silks were back in the winner’s enclosure after a stakes success in France later in the week as last year’s Prix du Jockey Club third MOTAMARRIS won the Listed Grand Prix de Compiegne by four lengths on his seasonal bow.

The Freddy Head-trained son of LE HAVRE was bred by Shadwell and is a half-brother to RIQA, the Listed-placed dam of three-time Group 3-winning sprinter TANTHEEM. Further back this is the family of dual Group 1 winner TAMAYUZ and the aforementioned Royal Ascot placed runner MUTAMAASIK.

Names for the future

There were some promising winners for Sheikh Hamdan in the past week, too.

Homebred ASIAAF improved on her debut fourth for Marcus Tregoning to run out a comfortable half-length winner of a Goodwood novice stakes.

She is by NEW APPROACH out of BAQQA, a SHAMARDAL sister to dual Singapore Cup hero DAN EXCEL.

AL AASY already had some smart form in the book, including when fifth in the Newmarket Stakes last time out, and the William Haggas-trained three-year-old made no mistake when breaking his maiden by ten lengths at Newmarket.

Bred by Sunderland Holdings, he is by SEA THE STARS out of the winning SHAMARDAL mare KITCARA.

Homebred three-year-old AL MUTATHAR was an eye-catching winner of a Newmarket novice stakes on debut for Richard Hannon.

The son of NIGHT OF THUNDER is out of ABAQ, a winning daughter of OASIS DREAM and Cheveley Park Stakes and Coronation Stakes heroine INDIAN INK.

Muhaarar delivering more winners

To cap a memorable week for Shadwell, Nunnery Stud’s promising sophomore sire MUHAARAR has been in a rich vein of form with his second crop of two-year-olds.

MUTAZAWWED, a close fifth to subsequent Windsor Castle Stakes third MUKER on debut at Newcastle earlier in June, built on that experience to break his maiden over six furlongs at Lingfield for Mark Johnston.

Sheikh Hamdan’s colt was bred by Shadwell out of Royal Ascot Listed winner MUTEELA, a DANSILI half-sister to Middle Park Stakes winner AWZAAN.

LUMINESCE earned high praise from connections after a stylish debut victory over six furlongs at Fairyhouse for trainer Ger Lyons and owner Sean Jones, David Spratt and Lynne Lyons.

“She’s a lovely filly,” said assistant trainer Shane Lyons. “She was very green but she has a little bit of class.”

LUMINESCE was bred by Biddestone Stud out of the winning TRADE FAIR mare MUST BE ME and she hails from the family of classy performers ACCIDENTAL AGENT and MOHAATHER.

Team effort

Thank you to everyone at Shadwell who played their part in such a fantastic week for the operation – all the trainers and their staff, jockeys, grooms and everyone working on the studs, in the pre-training yards and in the racing office.

Everyone’s contribution is essential to the team’s success.

Here’s to more big race winners during the rest of 2020 and beyond!

Shadwell’s success is a result of teamwork