Godolphin, sponsored by Emirates Airline, truly represents Dubai.
A mould-breaker from the start, the Maktoum family’s pioneering and respected horseracing stable has diffused the essence of Dubai around the globe, winning most of the world’s major races along the way.
The city of Dubai has risen rapidly from the desert sands, emerging as a modern, thriving metropolis built upon a foundation of innovation and uninhibited achievement, upholding a vision that is truly international in scope.
Godolphin, in encapsulating those same values, exemplifies Dubai and plays a meaningful role in representing the Emirate to the world.
Established in 1992 with only a handful of horses, Godolphin quickly emerged as a force within the sport and set about dispelling long-held prejudices about how the very best racehorses should and could be trained.
Under the care of trainers Saeed bin Suroor and Charlie Appleby, Godolphin horses enjoy the benefits of Dubai’s warm climate during the winter months.
Saeed bin Suroor's home base is Al Quoz Stables, Dubai, close to the city of Dubai, while Charlie Appleby is in charge of Godolphin Marmoom Stables, Dubai which is located in the desert.
Their horses compete at the state-of-the-art Meydan Racecourse during the Dubai World Cup Carnival, which is held each year from January through to the end of March and attracts challengers from around the globe.
Godolphin has won the world’s richest race, the Group One US$10-million Dubai World Cup, on seven occasions, thanks to Almutawakel (1999), Dubai Millennium (2000), Street Cry (2002), Moon Ballad (2003), Electrocutionist (2006), Monterosso (2012) and African Story (2014).
The Godolphin horses move mainly to England in April to Godolphin Stables, Newmarket which houses Saeed bin Suroor's team, and nearby Moulton Paddocks, Newmarket (Charlie Appleby).
Australian trainer, John O'Shea, was appointed Godolphin's head trainer in Australia in August 2014. The establishment of Godolphin in Australia has made it the largest horseracing operation in the southern hemisphere, with stables located in Sydney and Melbourne. Godolphin also has horses in training in Australia with Lee & Anthony Freedman and Gai Waterhouse.
Andre Fabre and Henri-Alex Pantall prepare horses for Godolphin in France, while the American team are with trainers Kiaran McLaughlin, Eoin Harty and Tom Albertrani. Jim Bolger, Michael Halford, Willie McCreery, John Oxx and Dermot Weld have charge of horses in Ireland. Godolphin also has horses in training with John Gosden, Roger Varian, Ed Walker and Richard Hannon in the United Kingdom.
Godolphin’s global achievements have matched its early ambitions and the distinctive Royal Blue silks have been carried to victory in no fewer than 223 Group One races in 12 different countries across four continents (Asia, Australia, Europe & North America).
The horses responsible for these stellar performances include illustrious names such as Balanchine, Lammtarra, Daylami, Swain, Halling, Kayf Tara, Fantastic Light, Marienbard, Sakhee, Street Cry, Shamardal, Kazzia, Dubawi, Blue Bunting and the great Dubai Millennium.
Godolphin horses have triumphed in 62 Classic races in Europe and the UAE.
Numerous major North American wins include four at the Breeders’ Cup meeting, highlighted by the victories of Daylami (1999) and Fantastic Light (2001) in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.
In keeping with its pioneering international outlook, Godolphin has gained four wins at the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races and Heart Lake scored an early Japanese Group One win in the 1995 Yasuda Kinen.
More recently, Grandera annexed the 2002 Group One Singapore Airlines International Cup, while in 2008 All The Good landed Australia’s prestigious Group One BMW Caulfield Cup and raids on that country’s most famous race, the Emirates Melbourne Cup, continue.
Star Godolphin horses will travel and run wherever there are suitable opportunities around the world.
Founded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who remains Godolphin’s driving force, the stable takes its name from The Godolphin Arabian, one of the three foundation stallions imported into England nearly 300 years ago to which all thoroughbred racehorses trace their roots.
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