From Nashwan to Dayjur, a number of top racehorses have led the colors of Sheikh Hamdan to victory
Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, a major horse racing figure for several decades, has died at the age of 75.
Sheikh Mohammed’s older brother was a major investor in the sport in the UK and internationally, despite being a blood bank and sponsor.
Thousands of horses ran in its blue and white silks, including Derby winners Nashwan and Erhaab under Willie Carson.
Top sprinter Battaash helped him become Flat Racing Champion in Great Britain for the sixth time last year.
Sheikh Mohammed posted a tribute on Twitter saying, “May God have mercy on you, my brother, my support and my companion.”
The deputy ruler of Dubai was known simply as Sheikh Hamdan throughout racing. Major breeding grounds included Shadwell Stud in Norfolk, England, Derrinstown Stud in the Republic of Ireland, and Shadwell Farm in the United States.
He won numerous classics and was successful with horses such as Dayjur, Unfuwain, Salsabil, Nayef, Taghrooda and Invasor.
Sheikh Hamdan was the United Arab Emirates’ finance minister and 10 days of mourning was announced in Dubai
Willie Carson won the 2,000 Guineas, Derby, Eclipse and King George on Nashwan in 1989