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    Nathan Hughes
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    From ATR

    Leading owner-breeder Khalid Abdullah has died, his Juddmonte Farms operations confirmed.

    The Saudi prince has owned and bred some of the greatest equine names the sport has ever seen – with his famous green, pink and white silks carried by the likes of Frankel, Dancing Brave and dual Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine Enable.

    Abdullah’s colours were carried to victory by more than 500 Stakes winners, of which he bred over 440 – including 118 Group or Grade One winners, of which he bred 102.

    Douglas Erskine Crum, CEO Juddmonte, said in a statement: “The whole of Juddmonte feels a huge sense of loss. Prince Khalid will always be remembered as a quiet, dignified, benevolent family man, whose horses spoke for him.

    “He leaves a legacy that will stand the test of time. His contribution to the development of the thoroughbred will have long-lasting effects.”

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    Cork All Star
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    Sad news but what a tremendous legacy he has left. It is incredible to think how many top class horses carried his silks and that he bred most of them.

    Frankel and Dancing Brave must be the two best horses of my lifetime and I do not expect to ever see a better performance than the Brave’s Arc win.

    I always thought his colours were really classy as well. The colour combination and pattern just worked.

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    Ghost of Rob V
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    That’s put a dampener to 2021 :(

    Whenever I looked through a 2YO newcomer race and saw his name linked to a horse, there was always an anticipation that it could be the next superstar of the Flat.

    Great post Cork All Star … your post sums it all up for me. Dancing Brave’s Arc win is my favourite winning performance of all time. Never seen such a high-quality race ripped apart by a monumental blast of equine violence.

    Remembering the great Prince…

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    Triptych
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    Will forever associate him with Sir Henry Cecil and Frankel and the way he stood by Henry Cecil when he hit a particularly bad patch in his life and training career and then throughout his debilitating illness Prince Khalid never lost faith in the genius he saw therein and was rewarded when Frankel retired to stud an unbeaten Champion having won 14 races 12 of them at Group level.

    He leaves a wonderful legacy to racing of his past successes on the track along with Frankel notably Dancing Brave & Enable and not forgetting Midday, Timepiece and Twice Over.

    Thank you Prince Khalid for all that you did for racing throughout your lifetime, you will be sadly missed. :heart:

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    Nathan Hughes
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    I’d add Oasis Dream to that wonderful list too Jac,
    I think Battaash would have had a real battle on his hands up against Oasis Dream

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    A little oddity from the career of a great owner/breeder. The 2000 Guineas in 1989 was all about Nashwan, before, during and after. The rest of the field got very little attention.

    Which would have suited Prince Khalid, who owned the second and third, Exbourne and Danehill, whilst the fourth, Markofdistinction, was a son of his first classic winner Known Fact.

    Markofdistinction of course went on to win the QEII later that year, whilst Danehill won the Haydock Sprint and was a huge success at stud for Coolmore.

    Exbourne is probably the forgotten horse, but he was probably the first link in the chain that led to a horse being named Frankel. Exbourne never ran again in the UK, where he was trained by Guy Harwood. He sustained an injury at home prepping for the Derby and eventually, Harwood suggested sending the horse to the USA. He was sent to Robert Frankel, with another Harwood/Abdulla horse, called Marquetry, as company.

    Exbourne won the Grade 1 Hollywood Turf Handicap on May 27th, 1991, and I believe he was the first Grade 1 winner for Juddmonte in the USA. A month later, Marquetry won the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup and the Frankel/Juddmonte connection never looked back.

    If anybody knows of an earlier US winner I’ve missed, please put me right.

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    The one that got away to an extent was Zafonic. Injury curtailed his career but his performance in the 2,000 Guineas is the best I have seen in that race apart from Frankel and possibly El Gran Senor. He slammed Barathea, a subsequent Breeders Cup Mile winner. It was scintillating.

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    Yes Nathan..have to give a mention to the great and recently retired Oasis Dream out of Green Desert and Hope (daughter of Dancing Brave).

    Also at Juddmonte is Kingman currently carrying on Prince Khalid’s legacy with Frankel, Expert Eye and Bated Breath …the list goes on and on. :rose:

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    #1517678
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    A very sad loss to racing and especially the breeding industry.
    Although the Prince will leave a formidable legacy for me he never got the respect due with the media always expressing more interest over Godolphin & O’Brien.He quietly went his own way building what has become probably the best breeding operation in the world and all by his own efforts.Although many of his horses are mentioned above allow me to put forward two who also run in those illustrious colours,Warning & Kingman.Warning became somewhat an underachiever as a 4yo but still a miler from the top draw.Probably not a view that will find favour with some people I think Kingman has the potential to be even better than Frankel at stud.Although maybe a Derby winner will not be included in his offspring however his record to date at lesser trips stands him in good stead.
    RIP Sir you will be very much missed.
    good luck to all

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    The two horses that stand out for me are Zafonic and the last Derby winner on a Wednesday Commander in Chief. Both represented my first ever 2,000 Guineas and Derby winners back in 1993.

    The Commander (by Dancing Brace) never got the credit other dual Derby winners seem to get nowadays, though he was 5 from 6 and lost only in the King George which proved to be his final race. That year Prnce Khalid also won the Dante Stakes with Tenby and had numerous winners with the likes of Henry Cecil, Batty Hills, Andre Fabre and Roger Charlton.

    He fully deserved to own a horse like Frankel and I’m glad it was in his ownership.

    May he rest in peace!

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    I have tried to post a photo until I am blue in the face and got lucky once. When my car needed a new battery I offroaded it and simply bought another cheap and cheerful, but a Jap. I have neither mastered the radio or the clock which always shows an hour forward and while I was forced to listen to the ad promoting Capital radio for ages – pressing some lucky buttons I fell by chance on radio 4. It was three Thursdays ago I think that I found myself cursing Prince Abdulla.
    I was in a Sainsbury car park with my headlights unbeknowingly full on when a programme detailing his life and Captain Tom was due to come on. Both interested me greatly, so I sat for half an hour until they came up.

    The Prince’s billion was generated from a private company he built up over many years and contained a large umbrella of diversifying investments and run as his breeding stables with a keen eye to value verging on a parsimony that Dicken’s Scrooge would have certainly rubbed his hands at. Brough Scott met him on a train once and described him as a shy man but forthcoming with his strong and certain views nonetheless. He kept a red leather bound always on him which contained a list of a hundred or so of his broodmares. He had an art of matching up breeds to good effect and he was always thinking these out in spare moments.
    A woman he knew recommended Waitrose as s good place for him to shop with a good variety of products and of a high standard. He later reported back to her..

    ” I tried your Waitrose once and the food was good but far too pricey for me.”

    Captain Tom met and was entranced by the forces sweetheart Vera Lynn when he was out in Timbuktoo ( forget location )

    It was raining heavily and as I slipped out to shop I didn’t hear the light’s on alarm. Battery was flat when I got back and RAC advised a three hour wait ( in fact much shorter) That was the moment when I cursed the Prince. RIP

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    gamble
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    Here is another rather ungracious RIP thread. I apologise for my lack of dots but after a certain time the edit function drops off.

    #1540651
    Nathan Hughes
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    Certainly wasn’t meant to be ungracious gamble
    I see on another thread that you posted the RIP goes after a name of the deceased
    something I wasn’t aware of and pleased to be still learning

    along with Shiekh Hamden its nice to see the racing silks live on

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    gamble
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    Gnats you have bitten rather unnecessarily there, as all of my postings come
    with a double shake of tabasco. You’re in the same company as the Sun who yesterday Ripped the remaining breath out of John Kay the journalist ( awful end of life) likewise the BBC. I was mixing him up wrongly with Richard Kay the royal correspondent. Strangely I passed Marianne Faithfull who he captioned, in a quiet spot on one of my evening walks two years back in central london. She was on her own and was walking with her head down a little, had a head scarf on to hide herself, and did not look too happy at all, and did not engage the detective. Some of my relatives actively ripped off the dead, so it may run in the family, which explains my tabasco coated touchiness.

    As tears go by – but watch out for the whizz mob !

    #1540696
    Nathan Hughes
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    The Sun is certainly not company I’d like to be in
    the death of that wretched rag would be one to celebrate
    it amazes me how people get offended by any little thing yet the Sun remains in existence

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