Prince Khalid bin Abdullah: Remembering an icon of the turf


Prince Khalid bin Abdullah of Saudi Arabia died on Tuesday
Prince Khalid bin Abdullah of Saudi Arabia died on Tuesday
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Dubai: The passing of legendary horse owner-breeder Prince Khalid bin Abdullah on Tuesday has shocked the racing world’s very soul.

Nevertheless, the legacy that he leaves behind might be immortalised inside modern horse racing and its tradition.

The various tributes which are pouring in for the Saudi royal illustrate the large affect that his loss of life has had on the Sport of Kings, which he dominated for over 4 many years.

Corridor of Fame coach John Gosden and jockey Frankie Dettori, who fashioned a formidable crew with Prince Khalid, led the tributes with the previous saying: “His charming and humorous method was coupled with an incredible strategic method, each in enterprise and in his horse racing and breeding operation.”

Prince Khalid bin Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, right, owner of Workforce, ridden by jockey Ryan Lee Moore of Great Britain, left, celebrate with the trophy after winning the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Europe's premier middle-distance horse race, in 2010.
Prince Khalid bin Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, centre, proprietor of Workforce, ridden by jockey Ryan Lee Moore of Nice Britain, left, have fun with the trophy after successful the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Europe’s premier middle-distance horse race, in 2010.

Prince Khalid was some of the profitable and prolific homeowners of the fashionable technology with an inventory of nice horses too lengthy to recall.

He was a key participant within the evolution of British horse racing because the Nineteen Seventies not simply by means of the champions that he raced but in addition by means of the champions that he bred on the world famend Juddmonte Farms Worldwide within the UK, Eire and United States.

Prince Khalid was one of many sons of Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman, a youthful half-brother of King Abdulaziz. He’s is also a half-first cousin to all of the sons of King Abdulaziz and the six siblings who’ve dominated fashionable Saudi Arabia in succession to their father the founder.

On the races

Prince Khalid, who was born in Ta’if in 1937, studied historical past in the US and Riyadh, and labored for a time on the Ministry of International Affairs.

Nevertheless, it was when he launched into constructing a enterprise empire with the launch of Mawarid Holding, one in all Saudi Arabia’s largest and most diversified non-public firms, with in depth dealings in monetary providers, manufacturing, building, medical provides, catering, telecommunications and the media, that he actually made his mark.

Though his father had owned horses, Prince Khalid’s first brush with the game of racing got here whereas on a go to to Longchamp racecourse in France with associates in 1956.

But it surely was within the late Nineteen Seventies that he started to develop what would change into a lifelong ardour for the game that was so near his coronary heart.

Prince Khalid started to buy high-class yearlings on the world’s high gross sales and would endlessly rework the game.

His first notable win on the flat was delivered by a horse referred to as Identified Truth, who received the Center Park Stakes at Newmarket within the UK, and would then reward him his first Basic when he was declared the winner of the 2000 Guineas in 1980 following the disqualification of Nureyev.

Die is forged

The die had been forged and Prince Khalid wouldn’t look again as he went on to take a position and construct a racing empire of world significance.

Juddmonte Farms delivered his first famous person in Dancing Courageous, who raced between 1985 and 1986 working 10 occasions and recording eight wins. He was judged the excellent European racehorse of 1986 when he received the 2000 Guineas, the Eclipse Stakes, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

To reel off extra well-known Prince Khalid winners can be subsequent to not possible nevertheless it was two excellent horses that he bred within the late twentieth century that may outline his lasting legacy — Frankel and Allow.

The previous, who was unbeaten in 14 races was skilled by the late Sir Henry Cecil, who was Prince Khalid’s long-time coach, earlier than Gosden inherited his gifted string.

Frankel’s would change into probably the most well-known horse on the earth, taking up all of the opposition and dominating them for victory after victory. Upon his retirement his legacy endures as he now enjoys a profitable second profession as a stallion in Newmarket.

Dettori and Allow mixed to win the Prix de l’Aec de Triomphe

The not too long ago retired Allow ran 19 occasions, successful 15 races together with 11 at Group One degree throughout a glitter profession which spanned 2016 to 2020.

Allow, who was skilled by Gosden, received all the foremost races in Britain and France together with the Cheshire Oaks, Epsom Oaks, Irish Oaks, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Yorkshire Oaks and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (twice).

Recalling Prince Khalid, Gosden mentioned: “Prince Khalid Abdullah first loved going racing within the Fifties as a younger man in Paris. This sparked his daring and thorough plan to ascertain a breeding operation within the late Nineteen Seventies, an illustration of his sensible thoughts. Within the interval of 20 years, he established himself as each a European and American champion breeder. His charming and humorous method was coupled with an incredible strategic method, each in enterprise and in his horse racing and breeding operation.

“He was a really non-public and patrician gentleman and a really sturdy household man, for whom it has been an incredible honour and privilege to coach for 38 years. He was humorous however steely, powerful. “You higher be in your mettle with him. We had an terrible lot of enjoyable collectively and after they obtained crushed, he took it exhausting. It was a ardour for him, he at all times referred to it as his one nice luxurious.”

Frankel wins the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

Dettori, who mentioned he grew up watching Prince Khalid’s horses reminiscent of Dancing Courageous successful, hailed him as “a real big of the game”.

He mentioned: “He was superb and a real big of the game. You may go on naming all the nice horses he has owned, however you would need to say Allow, Frankel and Dancing Courageous are the three that stand out.

“Allow will at all times be the apple of my eye and the final time I noticed him (Prince Khalid) was when she received her second Arc. He was an actual gentleman and he cherished his horses. He was very passionate and educated about them and the outcomes converse for themselves. What he has carried out for the entire trade is improbable. I grew up in an period watching horses like Dancing Courageous win and also you have been at all times very excited that at some point you may get to put on these silks — ones that had been related to such nice success.”

The phrases of Dettori maybe finest sum up a person who will endlessly be keep in mind on the earth of racing by means of the eternal legacy that he has left behind. RIP Prince Khalid.

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Prince Khalid bin Abdullah
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Prince Khaled factfile

Khalid bin Abdullah Al Saud
Born: 1937 Ta’if, Saudi Arabia
Died: 12 January 2021 (aged 83)
Based Juddmonte Farms in 1977


Residence-bred Group winners 113
Residence-bred Group winners 220
Residence-bred Basic winners (EU/USA) 28


Eclipse Award for Excellent Proprietor (1992, 2003, 2016, 2017)
Eclipse Award for Excellent Breeder (1995, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009)
British flat racing Champion Proprietor (2003, 2010, 2011)
French flat racing Champion Proprietor (2002, 2003, 2006, 2015, 2017)
Three of Prince Khaled’s horses have achieved the accolade of World’s Greatest Racehorse (beforehand the World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings) — Frankel (2011 and 2012), Arrogate (2016 and 2017), and Allow (co-winner with Crystal Ocean and Waldgeist for 2019).

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Arrogate ridden by jockey Mike Smith and skilled by Bob Baffert wins the Dubai World Cup
Picture Credit score: Virendra Saklani/Gulf Information

Massive race wins

Epsom Derby (3) — Quest for Fame (1990), Commander in Chief (1993), Workforce (2010)
Irish Derby — Commander in Chief (1993)
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (6) — Rainbow Quest (1985), Dancing Courageous (1986), Rail Hyperlink (2006), Workforce (2010), Allow (2017, 2018)
Breeders’ Cup Basic — Arrogate (2016)
Breeders’ Cup Turf — Allow (2018)
Breeders’ Cup Mile — Skilled Eye (2018)
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf — Banks Hill (2001), Intercontinental (2005), Noon (2009)
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Dash — 2nd Ventura (2008)
Pegasus World Cup — Arrogate (2017)
Dubai World Cup — Arrogate (2017)
Dubai Obligation Free — Cityscape (2012)
Dubai Sheema Basic — Polish Summer season (2004)

Most profitable horses

Identified Truth (1979—1980) — Center Park Stakes and 2000 Guineas
Rainbow Quest (1985) — Coronation Cup and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
Dancing Courageous (1986) — 2000 Guineas, Coral Eclipse, King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
Quest For Fame (1990—1992) — Epsom Derby
Commander In Chief (1993) — Epsom Derby and Irish Derby
Banks Hill (2001—2002) — Coronation Stakes, Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf and Prix Jacques Le Marois
Oasis Dream (2002—2003) — Center Park Stakes, July Cup and Nunthorpe Stakes[36]
Rail Hyperlink (2006) — Grand Prix de Paris and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
Noon (2009—2011) — Nassau Stakes (thrice), Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, Yorkshire Oaks and Prix Vermeille
Twice Over (2009—2011) — Champion Stakes (twice), Eclipse Stakes and Juddmonte Worldwide[49]
Workforce (2010) — Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
Frankel (2010—2012) — Dewhurst Stakes, 2000 Guineas, St James’s Palace Stakes, Sussex Stakes (twice), Queen
Elizabeth II Stakes, Lockinge Stakes, Queen Anne Stakes, Juddmonte Worldwide and Champion Stakes
Noble Mission (2014) — Irish Tattersalls Gold Cup, Grand Prix De Saint–Cloud and Champion Stakes
Flintshire (2013—2016) — Grand Prix de Paris, Hong Kong Vase, Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes, Woodford
Reserve Manhattan Stakes and Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes
Kingman (2014) — Irish 2000 Guineas, St James’s Palace Stakes, Sussex Stakes and Prix Jacques Le Marois
Arrogate (2016—2017) — Travers Stakes, Breeders’ Cup Basic, Pegasus World Cup and Dubai World Cup [6]
Allow (2017-) — Oaks, Irish Oaks, King George & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Yorkshire Oaks, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (twice) and Breeders’ Cup Turf

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