2022 proved to be an exceptional year for Godolphin, with horses in the royal blue silks rewriting the record books throughout the world.
The year kicked off with another highly successful Dubai World Cup Carnival, as Naval Crown, Real World, Man Of Promise and Lazuli headlined a raft of winners at Meydan. Dubai World Cup Night itself would see several admirable efforts in defeat including Yibir, who went agonisingly close in the Dubai Sheema Classic.
In Australia, Daumier provided the first G1 success of the year as he gamely took the Blue Diamond Stakes in late February. The following month saw Anamoe spreadeagle the field in the Rosehill Guineas, while veteran flagbearer Cascadian flashed home to score in April’s All Aged Stakes.
A trio of three-year-old colts would create history in Europe during the spring. Coroebus and Native Trail fought out a titanic finish to the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, with the runner-up gaining compensation in the Irish 2,000 Guineas three weeks later.
Modern Games also graduated to Classic glory in the French equivalent, the Poule d’Essai de Poulains, as Charlie Appleby became the first trainer to win all three Classics with three different colts.
The strong start to the European season continued as Godolphin secured leading owner honours at Royal Ascot. Coroebus once again grabbed the headlines with a battling success in the St James’s Palace Stakes, while Naval Crown edged out Creative Force in a thrilling renewal of the Platinum Jubilee Stakes.
There were also victories at the meeting for Secret State, Noble Truth and Dubai Future, who would go on to more significant success in Bahrain later in the year, while Real World lost nothing in defeat as he chased home Baaeed in the Queen Anne Stakes.
Godolphin’s North American team picked up where they had left off in 2021, with Speaker’s Corner securing a pair of Group-race wins at Gulfstream Park before an exhilarating performance in the Carter Handicap at Aqueduct in April.
Santin posted the first of two top-level victories at Churchill Downs with a resolute effort in the Turf Classic on Kentucky Derby Day. Matareya would also graduate to G1 honours as she crushed her opposition in Aqueduct’s Acorn Stakes in June.
Nations Pride recorded the notable feat of running in five different Derbies in three continents, starting his year with victory in the Jumeirah Derby at Meydan. Following defeats at Epsom Downs and Belmont, the son of Teofilo made no mistake in the Saratoga Derby before another convincing win in the Jockey Club Derby at Aqueduct.
Saratoga’s Summer Meet also saw Cody’s Wish beat champion sprinter Jackie’s Warrior in a pulsating renewal of the Forego Stakes. It would prove a heartwarming victory for the horse named after 16-year-old Cody Dorman, who was born with Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome and struck up a special bond with Cody’s Wish at Keeneland's Make-A-Wish Day in 2018.
Mysterious Night continued the fine run into September as he powered home for a commanding win in Canada’s top two-year-old race, the Summer Stakes. Modern Games also excelled at the same meeting with a scintillating display in the Woodbine Mile.
Last season’s Derby hero Adayar bounced back from injury to take second in the Champion Stakes, with Modern Games filling the runner-up spot in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on the Ascot card. Both performances would help Godolphin to be crowned UK Champion Owner for a 15th time, as well as ensuring that Charlie Appleby retained the Champion Trainer title.
Champions Day also saw William Buick receive the UK Champion Jockey award for the first time. Dubawi will end the year as Champion Sire in Britain and Ireland for the first time, completing an unprecedented full house of titles.
Godolphin sent eight horses to run at this year’s Breeders’ Cup, a squad that remarkably produced four wins at the flagship meeting – a record for an owner.
Rebel’s Romance had started his year on the dirt at Meydan but thrived after being switched to turf, notching up five straight wins including G1 wins in Germany’s Grosser Preis von Berlin and Preis von Europa. He took his form to another level in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, soundly beating a top-quality field.
Having won the Juvenile Turf in 2021, Modern Games joined a rare group to win two different Breeders’ Cup races, this time scything through the field to take the Breeders’ Cup Mile.
Cody’s Wish followed up his Forego Stakes win with another emotional victory in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, a triumph made all the more special thanks to the presence of Cody Dorman and his family in the winner’s enclosure.
Mischief Magic produced an extraordinary display of speed as he came from last to first in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint, while only a bob of heads denied Silver Knott in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.
Anamoe had already displayed his champion credentials earlier in the year and the colt made an impressive start to his four-year-old campaign when taking out the Winx Stakes in August.
Further G1 success would follow in the George Main Stakes and Might And Power before an authoritative win in the Cox Plate – a race in which he had narrowly been denied 12 months earlier. No other Godolphin horse has matched Anamoe’s seven G1 wins and he appears well-placed to add to his tally in 2023.
Godolphin’s superb spring in Australia yielded 23 Black-Type wins, with seven of those coming at G1 level. In Secret added his name to the list with a decisive victory in the Coolmore Stud Stakes, while Golden Mile gamely held on in the Caulfield Guineas – a race won by Anamoe in 2021.
Paulele claimed a notable first as he became the first Godolphin G1 winner in Western Australia with an enthralling performance in the Winterbottom Stakes.
Proxy graduated to top-level honours as well as he emulated Maxfield by winning the Clark Stakes at Churchill Downs in late November. Having scored on his first G1 appearance, the Michael Stidham-trained colt could be one of the breakout stars of 2023, with the Pegasus World Cup and Dubai World Cup on his radar.