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GODOLPHIN 2018... A YEAR FULL OF AMAZING EVENTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

18.Dec.2018
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 “A love for horses runs in my blood. Don’t forget that horses have been bred for centuries by Arab tribes… They symbolize our history.”... Sheikh Mohammed

 

GODOLPHIN ... 2018... A YEAR FULL OF AMAZING EVENTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

 

* MASAR LANDS FIRST INVESTEC DERBY FOR GODOLPHIN

* CROSS COUNTER ... ENDS GODOLPHIN MELBOURNE CUP DROUGHT

* GODOLPHIN CROWNED 2018 BRITISH CHAMPION OWNER

* GODOLPHIN NAMED LEADING BREEDER OF BREEDERS’ CUP CHALLENGE SERIES 2018

 

In 1992, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, established Godolphin horse racing team. Godolphin stables have met international success; positioning them as the most important names in the world of racing today. The Blue Empire spreads its supremacy in the six continents.

Godolphin is the flagship of the most ambitious project in the modern history of racing industry sport. The slogan of the Godolphin machine as it promised since its creation, to flex its muscles and lead the world of horse racing because the race for excellence has no finish line, and the sense of achievement is amazing and the results have been phenomenal.

As agreed upon, the Godolphin Empire, since its launch in 1992, does enrich the sport of thoroughbred horseracing and the breeding industry worldwide, directly or indirectly, through, racing, training, breeding, charitable programmes, management, and leadership training programmes:

THE FIVE GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENTS

The five Grand Slam Tournaments in horse racing itinerary consists of the magical most important annual races in thoroughbred racing, the Dubai World Cup, the Epsom Derby, Kentucky Derby, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, and the Melbourne Cup.

With regard to these championships, Godolphin did win the Dubai World Cup seven times, the Prix de l’Arc de’Triomphe, two times, the Epsom Derby one time and the Melbourne Cup one time, BUT, all that remains for Godolphin to win is the Kentucky Derby, America’s most famous race.

Godolphin succeeded and managed to add the along waited cup to its treasury, i.e., the Melbourne Cup, and thus the Kentucky Derby remains the grand target, as it has been the focus of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum's horse racing efforts for over decades.

DUBAI WORLD CUP CARNIVAL WAS THE KICKOFF

The masterpiece and the iconic Meydan Racecourse did witness the launch of these magnificent and exceptional achievements when the brilliant horse “Blair House “won the Group 1 Jebel Hatta at the Super Saturday Dubai World Cup Carnival.

Godolphin scored a super hat-trick on Dubai World Cup night, when the temperamental colt, Thunder Snow snatched the Dubai World Cup, and the mighty Hawkbill won Dubai Sheema Classic, the vigorous Benbatl grasped the Dubai Turf cup, and the fastest Jungle Cat, seized the Al Quoz Sprint cup.

2018 EPSOM DERBY

June, 2nd, witnessed the magnificent “Masar “the three years old colt, successfully repeated his father “New Approach” achievement when he won the Investec Derby in 2008 Derby, to grant Godolphin their first Epsom Derby win.

DOWN UNDER WAS CROSSED FINALLY

 By the magnificent invader “Cross Counter “, won the coveted $5.2 million (Aus$7.3 million) Melbourne Cup at Flemington to give the renowned Godolphin stable their maiden victory after 30 years of trying, Godolphin has sent to Australia 26 runners to 18 cups since 1998, six years after being formed.

THE KENTUCKY DERBY...PRIME TARGET

The Kentucky Derby has been the focus of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum's horse racing efforts for over decades. 

13TH TIME ...GODOLPHIN CROWNED 2018 BRITISH CHAMPION OWNER

Godolphin was crowned champion owner in Britain for the fourth consecutive year after enjoying an epic year on the flat. Godolphin won the first British Championship in 1996 and the team added more triumphs in 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017 and most recently in 2018.

GODOLPHIN NAMED LEADING BREEDER OF BREEDERS’ CUP CHALLENGE SERIES

Godolphin, one of the world's most successful Thoroughbred racing and breeding operations, has won the John Deere Award as the outstanding breeder of the 2018 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series and the Breeders' Cup World Championships. Godolphin-bred runners earned 40 points by winning four Group 1 races.

MEMORABLE VICTORIES FOR GODOLPHIN IN 2018

By the end of the year 2018, Godolphin’s achievement of a best annual performance of 30 G1s globally can be attributed to an impressive depth of quality in a variety of countries throughout an eventful year, but the best out of the bests’ victories were:  

BLAIR HOUSE (Jebel Hatta, Group 1, Turf Meydan),

THUNDER SNOW (Dubai World Cup, Group1, Meydan)

HAWKBILL (Sheema Classic, Group I,Meydan)

BENBATL (Dubai Turf, Group I,Meydan)

JUNGLE CAT (Al Quoz Sprint, Group I, Meydan)

MASAR (Investec Derby, Group I, Epsom Downs Racecourse)

WILD ILLUSION (Qatar Nassau Stakes, Group 1, Goodwood, GB)

LINE OF DUTY (Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, Turf, Group I, Santa Anita).

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