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Godolphin Racing

Godolphin Racing is the Maktoum family's private thoroughbred horseracing stable and was named in honour of the Godolphin Arabian, who came from the desert to become one of the three founding stallions of the modern thoroughbred.

UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the driving force behind the operation. He also owns the Darley Stud breeding operation. Godolphin's first runner was Cutwater at Nad Al Sheba, Dubai on December 24, 1992 while Godolphin's international operation started in 1994. The stable has training facilities in both Dubai and Newmarket, United Kingdom.

Horses are wintered in Dubai, then travel each April to Godolphin's UK-based Godolphin Stables, which is the former Stanley House Stables, built in 1903 by Frederick Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby or to the historic Moulton Paddocks which is also located in Newmarket.

Godolphin registered its 100th Group/Grade One win with Sulamani in the 2003 Arlington Million. Since then, the stable has won a further 60 Group/Grade One races around the globe.

== Personnel ==

The stable's retained jockey is Frankie Dettori while Emirati jockey Ahmed Ajtebi also rides for the stable. Godolphin's racing manager is Simon Crisford. Both Saeed bin Suroor and Mahmood Al Zarooni train for Godolphin. Saeed bin Suroor has enjoyed phenomenal worldwide success since being appointed a Godolphin trainer in 1995. On March 24 2010, Mahmood Al Zarooni was appointed as the stable's second trainer. Three days later at the Dubai World Cup fixture in his native Dubai, Mahmood Al Zarooni [1] enjoyed a dream start to his new role when his first runner, Calming Influence, landed a famous victory in the Group Two Godolphin Mile on March 27 at Meydan.

== Horses ==

Some Godolphin's Hall Of Fame horses include:

  • Balanchine
  • Cape Verdi
  • Echo of Light
  • Gladiatorus
  • Kazzia
  • Little Belle
  • Mark of Esteem
  • Ramonti

==Honors== Godolphin has won over 1500 races worldwide and numerous awards since its inception in 1992. Godolphin won an Eclipse Award for Champion Owner at the 39th annual Eclipse Awards ceremony held on Monday evening, January 18, 2010 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, USA. It was the first time that Godolphin won the award for top North American owner. Godolphin's Saeed bin Suroor has won the British Trainers' Championship on four occasions (1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004). Godolphin has been crowned Champion British Owner on seven occasions - 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006 & 2007. The stable has had winners in 14 different countries (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Qatar, Singapore, Turkey, UAE, United Kingdom & USA).

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