Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms ranks as one of many world’s most prestigious and productive breeding operations. It has few friends, with solely maybe the Aga Khan Studs and Coolmore in a position to match its power in depth and achievements.
On the final rely, Juddmonte had bred 113 particular person Group/Grade 1 winners of 220 elite races, together with 28 Basic winners. Its produce consists of family names similar to Frankel, Allow and Zafonic.
The seeds of such spectacular success have been sown within the Nineteen Seventies when the younger proprietor, a scion of the Saudi royal household however self-styled with typical humility as ‘Mr’ Khalid Abdullah moderately than ‘Prince’, recruited former Newmarket coach Humphrey Cottrill to behave as his agent to be able to realise lofty long-term ambitions in racing.
Cottrill purchased Abdullah’s first 4 yearlings at Newmarket in 1977. None proved to be as much as scratch on the monitor, however within the following yr he and Jeremy Tree visited Keeneland and bought a son of In Actuality for $225,000. That colt, named Identified Reality, took the Center Park Stakes and was promoted to first place within the 2,000 Guineas upon the disqualification of Nureyev to turn into the primary Arab-owned Basic winner in Britain.
Charming Native had turn into the very first horse to hold the now immediately recognisable ‘inexperienced, pink sash and cap, white sleeves’ right into a winner’s enclosure when profitable at Windsor in 1979. A month later, Abeer landed the Queen Mary Stakes to notch the primary of many Royal Ascot – and Group race – victories for Abdullah.
One other notable first was offered by Superb Edge in 1982. The son of Sharpen Up, a future runner-up within the William Hill Dash Championship (now Nunthorpe), was the proprietor’s debut homebred winner. He hailed from a crop of foals produced by simply 9 broodmares, 5 of whom had been sourced from Gerald Leigh.
Abdullah was unstinting in his quest for one of the best when laying down the foundations of his racing and breeding empire, and throughout the late Nineteen Seventies and early Eighties he made many big-money public sale acquisitions and considered non-public purchases of different breeders’ inventory.
“All of the credit score should go to Prince Khalid, who was ready to take a position very substantial sums in one of the best bloodstock, fantastic farms and glorious employees,” coach Man Harwood as soon as mirrored in an interview. “He began with one of the best, and if one of the best was accessible, he’d purchase it.”
Beneath the steerage of James Delahooke, stud and racing supervisor from 1979 till 1985, future Coronation Cup and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe hero Rainbow Quest was purchased as a yearling at Fasig-Tipton for $950,000 in 1982, and the legendary Dancing Courageous was added to the staff in the identical location two years later for $200,000. The dams of each Rainbow Quest and Dancing Courageous have been ultimately added to the Juddmonte broodmare band.
One other Kentucky yearling buy of 1982 was the His Majesty filly out of Northern Dancer’s half-sister Spring Adieu at $350,000, whereas mares have been procured from the nurseries of Jock Whitney, Herbert Schnapka and Robert Sangster, with the odd filly in coaching bought alongside the best way, together with Oaks runner-up Barely Harmful.
The knowledge of these early acquisitions was borne out not solely on the monitor, but additionally within the breeding shed. Mated with Identified Reality, Barely Harmful produced the top-class miler Warning, whereas the identical mare’s liaison with Dancing Courageous produced Derby winner Commander In Chief.
Barely Harmful, a Roberto half-sister to the dam of Rainbow Quest, was an distinctive broodmare for Juddmonte, additionally producing US Grade 1 heroine Yashmak (by Danzig), Derby runner-up Dushyantor (by Sadler’s Wells) and Irish Derby second Deploy (by Shirley Heights), who options as damsire of one of many pre-eminent sires of the age in Dubawi.
Dancing Courageous skilled modest success as a sire together with his early runners and was later bought to face in Japan, however his third-last crop conceived in Britain included Commander In Chief and one other Basic winner for Juddmonte in Wemyss Bight.
Irish Oaks victress Wemyss Bight was out of 310,000gns Tattersalls yearling buy Bahamian, a Lingfield Oaks Trial scorer who was herself a daughter of Mill Reef and the Basic-placed Sorbus. She produced Abdullah’s a number of top-level winner Beat Hole at paddocks.
Wemyss Bight’s sister Hope, additionally by Dancing Courageous, distinguished herself as a most vital mare for Juddmonte by producing Oasis Dream – a champion two-year-old and sprinter who has developed right into a blue-chip sire, supplying 17 Group/Grade 1 winners together with the excellent racemare Noon – and the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches winner Zenda, who’s the dam of the good miler Kingman, an thrilling younger sire who threw Abdullah’s blisteringly quick Coventry Stakes winner Calyx from his first crop of two-year-olds.
Rainbow Quest, in the meantime, equipped three excellent skills in his first crop – Abdullah’s first Derby winner Quest For Fame, the Irish Oaks winner Knight’s Baroness and Arc laureate Saumarez. The stallion additionally gave Juddmonte their top-class skills Armiger, Raintrap and Sunshack, though his most vital legacy was arguably as a broodmare sire, his daughters producing the likes of Kingston Hill, Kris Kin, Look Right here, North Mild and Rakti, albeit for different breeders.
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Dancing Courageous: the legendary racehorse sired Commander In Chief for Khalid Abdullah
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The His Majesty filly out of Spring Adieu turned out to be Razyana, who did not get her head in entrance in her racing days however produced as her first foal the two,000 Guineas third and Haydock Dash Cup winner Danehill. The son of Danzig performed his half in a uncommon questionable name made by Juddmonte, as he was bought on the finish of his racing profession to Coolmore – for the admittedly not insignificant sum of £4 million, in keeping with studies – earlier than setting a file for variety of Group/Grade 1 winners, with 84 top-level scorers sired in a stellar dual-hemisphere stallion profession. After all that call didn’t preclude Juddmonte sending mares to Danehill, they usually did so with outstanding outcomes.
Success within the breeding shed continued to snowball, and Abdullah cemented his standing as one of many world’s foremost owner-breeders within the Nineties via the aforementioned Quest For Fame, Commander In Chief, Wemyss Bight, Raintrap and Sunshack, in addition to the likes of All At Sea, Distant View, Reams Of Verse and Toulon.
By 1999 Abdullah accomplished a nap hand of Classics when Wince – a daughter of Selkirk who would subsequently produce the Yorkshire Oaks winner Quiff at stud – turned his first 1,000 Guineas winner.
However arguably the long-lasting Juddmonte horse of the last decade was Zafonic, the scintillating two-year-old expertise who stormed to a wide-margin victory within the 2,000 Guineas. By Gone West out of Zaizafon, a daughter of Mofida – one of many mares acquired from Sangster – he regarded to have gotten one pretty much as good as himself in his first crop within the seven-length Dewhurst winner Xaar, though the son upset at odds-on within the Newmarket Basic.
Zafonic died in a freak accident in a shuttle journey to Arrowfield Stud in Australia aged solely 12, though Juddmonte and different breeders discovered compensation within the horse’s much less proficient and extra inexpensively priced brother Zamindar, the supply of homebred Group 1 winners Timepiece and Zenda and the Aga Khan’s phenomenal filly Zarkava.
Because the Juddmonte broodmare band matured, with these high-class fillies and their relations retired to breed and the extra lowly achievers weeded out, momentum behind the racing operation grew within the new millennium.
Zafonic strolls to victory within the 2,000 Guineas of 1993