Our Founder

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, founded Godolphin as an expression of his lifelong passion for horses and racing.

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, England, Sheikh Mohammed attended his first horse race 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 the owner his first success at Brighton, England, on June 20, 1977, and went on to land the Group Three Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood the following month.

Sheikh Mohammed’s passion for horses grew into a major investment in bloodstock and has resulted in the growth of the world’s largest and most global racing team, Godolphin, as well as the successful stallion operation, Darley.

Today some of Godolphin's horses winter in Dubai, to prepare for the Dubai World Cup Carnival, while Godolphin contests races on four continents and has won 241 Group/Grade One races in 12 countries worldwide.

Sheikh Mohammed’s website offers an introduction to his life, work and thoughts. For further information please visit www.sheikhmohammed.ae

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His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum (left) and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum with the Dubai World Cup trophy following Monterosso's victory in 2012.