The beginning of a dream
Descended from of one of the most notable tribes in Arabia, Bani Yas, Sheikh Mohammed’s love of horses is renowned and they have always been an important part of his life. As a young man, Sheikh Mohammed was captivated by the power, elegance, speed and grace of horses and he rode bareback races with his friends on the sands of Jumeirah Beach.
During his studies in Cambridge, UK, Sheikh Mohammed attended his first race meeting at Newmarket where he watched Royal Palace win the 2,000 Guineas in May, 1967. Ten years later, Sheikh Mohammed’s own involvement with international racing began with the filly Hatta, who gave him his first success at Brighton, UK, on 20 June, 1977. She went on to land the G3 Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood the following month.
A team is born
Sheikh Mohammed’s passion for horses grew into a major bloodstock operation and has resulted in the world’s largest and most global racing team, Godolphin, as well as the successful stallion operation, Darley.
Today, many of Godolphin's horses winter in Dubai to prepare for the Dubai World Cup Carnival, while Godolphin contests major races around the world and has won 288 G1 races in 14 countries worldwide.
Sheikh Mohammed’s website offers an introduction to his life, work and thoughts. For further information please visit www.sheikhmohammed.ae