Shadwell’s legendary sprinter Dayjur has been inducted into the QIPCO British Champions Series Hall of Fame.
Dayjur came out on top in a public vote to receive the prestigious honour, beating the accomplished sprinters Black Caviar, Lochsong and Moorestyle by a wide margin.
Bred and raised in Kentucky, Dayjur was bought as yearling by the late Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum before being sent to Britain to be trained by Major Dick Hern at West Ilsley in Berkshire.
After breaking his maiden on debut over six furlongs at Newbury, the highlight of Dayjur’s juvenile season came at the same course in the Listed Rose Bowl Stakes, in which he finished second.
It was as a three-year-old that Dayjur’s career really ignited.
Having originally been trained for the 2,000 Guineas, Dayjur was dropped in distance for a sprinting campaign. He sprang to prominence when making all under regular pilot Willie Carson to win the Group 2 Temple Stakes at Sandown by an unchallenged two lengths.
He then made all to take the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot by two and a half lengths, before thumping his rivals by four lengths in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York. Only fellow Shadwell colour bearer Battaash has covered five furlongs across the Knavesmire in a faster time.
Dayjur extended his unbeaten run with impressive victories in the Haydock Sprint Cup and the Prix de l’Abbaye before heading to the US for a crack at the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Having looked the likely winner, Dayjur proceeded to jump a shadow, not once, but twice, inside the final furlong at Belmont Park and was beaten a neck by Safely Kept.
Angus Gold, racing manager to Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell operation, said: “All of us at Shadwell are thrilled to hear that Dayjur has been voted into the QIPCO British Champions Series Hall of Fame to join some of the greats of our business, both equine and human.
“He was an outstanding racehorse and it will be a huge thrill to Sheikh Hamdan’s family to see him honoured in this way. We are very grateful for this award.”
Dayjur retired having won seven of his 11 starts, with three of them coming at the highest level. He stood at Shadwell Farm in Kentucky and produced several horses of note including Tipsy Creek, Hayil and Millstream. He died in 2013.