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Nashwan: an impressive champion and Derby winner owned by Sheikh Hamdan
By Lewis Porteous & Jonathan Harding
An impressive champion, Nashwan was unbeaten in two begins as a juvenile however stamped his identify amongst Flat racing’s all-time greats throughout a exceptional Traditional yr, turning into the primary to win the 2000 Guineas, Derby, Coral-Eclipse and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in the identical season.
Skilled all through his profession by one in all Sheikh Hamdan’s most trusted allies Main Dick Hern and ridden in all his races by the proprietor’s retained rider Willie Carson, Nashwan was described by Hern as the very best horse he ever skilled.
Earlier than his run within the Guineas, Nashwan famously put in a bit of labor on Hern’s West Ilsley gallops that left these in attendance sprinting to the bookmakers and his value for the Newmarket Traditional quickly collapsed. He duly repeated his homework on the monitor through the spring and summer season of 1989.
Skilled by John Dunlop, Salsabil was the champion feminine of her technology and likewise proved too sturdy for the colts when touchdown the Irish Derby in 1990.
A Group 1 winner at two within the Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp, Salsabil progressed right into a exceptional three-year-old, touchdown each the 1,000 Guineas and Oaks earlier than connections determined to take the weird step of concentrating on the Irish Derby.
Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photographs)
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Salsabil: winner of the 1990 1,000 Guineas
Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photographs)
Salsabil turned the primary filly for 90 years to win the Curragh Traditional, defeating Quest For Fame and Blue Stag, who had completed first and second within the Derby at Epsom.
She added an additional victory within the Prix Vermeille within the autumn however completed unplaced when favorite for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe from a poor draw again at Longchamp in October.
Dubbed “the world’s quickest horse” Dayjur was king among the many European sprinters in 1990, profitable the King’s Stand Stakes and on the highest degree within the Nunthorpe, Dash Cup and Abbaye.
Bred to be distinctive, Dayjur was a son of Danzig out of the American champion sprinter Gold Magnificence and price Sheikh Hamdan $1.65 million and was skilled by Dick Hern.
Ready for the two,000 Guineas at three, it was solely after Dayjur was overwhelmed in his Traditional trial within the Free Handicap that connections reverted to sprinting.
A change in ways, permitting Dayjur to run from the entrance, additionally proved key to unlocking one of many nice sprinters of all time, though his profession ended on an notorious observe when he jumped a shadow simply ten yards from the road with the Breeders’ Cup Dash at his mercy.
Racing six occasions and profitable simply twice at two, Erhaab seemed an unlikely Traditional candidate heading into his three-year-old profession however stepping as much as center distances introduced out the very best in him.
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Erhaab (left) beat King’s Theatre within the 1994 Derby
Second within the Feilden Stakes, Erhaab then beat a powerful area within the Dante by three and a half lengths to arrange a tilt on the 1994 Derby.
Despatched off at 7-2 favorite in a packed area of 25 at Epsom, Erhaab was held up by Willie Carson in what’s remembered as one of many roughest runnings of the race and needed to negotiate a collection of tight passageways between overwhelmed rivals.
Switched to the surface, Erhaab produced an acceleration which Carson described as “like a dart from a blowpipe” within the straight to catch King’s Theatre shut dwelling and rating underneath his 51-year-old rider.
Whereas he landed the Arc within the blue of Godolphin in 2001, Sakhee’s big success on the monitor was very a lot a triumph for Sheikh Hamdan, who bred the excellent middle-distance champion at his stud in Kentucky.
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Sakhee: winner of the 2001 Juddmonte Worldwide Stakes
Skilled initially by John Dunlop and carrying Sheikh Hamdan’s blue and white silks, Sakhee received the Sandown Traditional Trial and the Dante to be despatched off a number one fancy for the Derby in 2000, ending a size second to Sinndar with a spot of 5 lengths again to the third.
On the finish of the season he underwent surgical procedure to take away a bone chip in his knee and was switched to the Godolphin banner and the care of Saeed bin Suroor.
In 2001 he landed the Juddmonte Worldwide by seven lengths earlier than utterly dominating his rivals in to land the Arc by six lengths. He later went down by only a nostril to Tiznow in an epic Breeders’ Cup Traditional.
Invasor was purchased for $1.4m after profitable the 2005 Uruguayan Triple Crown and didn’t take lengthy to justify his proprietor’s outlay, profitable the Breeders’ Cup Traditional the next yr, beating the extremely gifted duo of Bernardini and Lava Man for US coach Kiaran McLaughlin.
Invasor was overwhelmed solely as soon as in 12 begins and signed off in fashion with victory within the 2007 Dubai World Cup, then the world’s richest race, at Nad Al Sheba. In doing so, he offered Sheikh Hamdan together with his second success after Almutawakel scored in 1999.
Nayef had a troublesome act to observe as a half-brother to Derby winner Nashwan, out of the highest Shadwell mare Peak Of Vogue, however didn’t disappoint, profitable 4 Group 1s for coach Marcus Tregoning.
After profitable his two juvenile begins, Nayef failed to fireplace firstly of his three-year-old season however burst into life in August 2001, profitable three Group 3s in a row earlier than touchdown the Champion Stakes at Newmarket.
In his four-year-old season, Nayef struck within the Dubai Sheema Traditional on his first begin and ended the yr with success within the Worldwide at York, and in 2003 he added the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Taghrooda might have solely made six begins however she made an enormous impression in that point, rising as a significant Traditional contender when profitable the Listed Fairly Polly Stakes at Newmarket by six lengths – a efficiency the Racing Put up described as “breathtaking”.
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Taghrooda being led in by Sheikh Hamdan after profitable the 2014 Epsom Oaks
The daughter of Sea The Stars then led dwelling a Sheikh Hamdan-owned one-two within the 2014 Epsom Oaks earlier than taking over her elders and profitable the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
She misplaced her unbeaten file within the Yorkshire Oaks however produced a valiant show within the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, ending third to Treve from a troublesome draw. She was arguably the best horse Paul Hanagan partnered in his position as retained jockey.
Muhaarar was topped the 2015 Cartier Champion Sprinter after a sensational run of wins. He confirmed a scarcely plausible late flip of foot to land the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot earlier than narrowly denying Tropics within the July Cup at Newmarket.
He then turned the primary British sprinter since Dayjur in 1990 to land three Group 1s in a season when taking the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville however arguably saved his greatest for his remaining begin within the British Champions Dash Stakes.
Hanagan pushed the button within the remaining furlong and Muhaarar bounded effortlessly away from his rivals. The Racing Put up evaluation the next day summed Muhaarar up completely: “He is the very best sprinter we have seen in a very long time.”
There are few finer sights than a prime sprinter in full flight and Battaash proved he was nonetheless proper up there with the very best of them final season, including three extra wins to his big-race haul.
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Sheikh Hamdan alongside Battaash after his success within the 2019 Nunthorpe Stakes