Shadwell Stables is the stable name for Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who was born Dec. 25, 1945. Sheikh Hamdan is the second son of the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, a previous Ruler of Dubai. He is Dubai’s Deputy Ruler and Minister of Finance and Industry for the United Arab Emirates. His brother is Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and overseer of the Godolphin/Darley racing empire. He was educated at Cambridge University Bell School of Languages between 1967-68. He became interested in racing while attending Cambridge and first registered his colors in Britain in 1981.
Since earning his first Group winner in 1982 when Shicklah took Group 2 race in Germany, Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell operation has raced 10 classic winners and captured many of the world's best races including the Breeders' Cup Classic, Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, Belmont Stakes, Dubai World Cup, Epsom Derby (twice), Oaks, 1,000 Guineas (five times), 2,000 Guineas, St. Leger and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes. Shadwell earned the Eclipse Award for outstanding owner of 2007 and Sheikh Hamdan has been champion owner in Britain four times, in 1990, 1995, 2002 and 2004.
As an owner, Shadwell has campaigned ten Breeders' Cup starters. In 2006, Invasor carried Shadwell's silks to victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic en route to being named Horse of the Year. The following season, Lahudood took the Filly and Mare Turf and was later named the 2007 Eclipse Award for champion turf female. Shadwell also bred 2010 Breeders' Cup Marathon winner Eldaafer, who is looking to make his fourth consecutive start in that race this November. In addition to Invasor, who also won the 2007 Dubai World Cup, Shadwell's best horses include 2006 Belmont Stakes winner Jazil, multiple graded stakes winning miler Shakis, the 1989 Epsom Derby and 2,000 Guineas winner Nashwan; top sprinter Dayjur, runner-up in the 1990 Breeders' Cup Sprint; Salsabil, who won the 1,000 Guineas, Oaks and Irish Derby in 1990; Sakhee, the 2001 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner and Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up; and Nayef, who won four Group 1 races between 2001 and 2003. Has twice won the Melbourne Cup, with At Talaq in 1986 and Jeune in 1994. Has around 350 horses in training, most with Arabic names, divided among America, Australia, Dubai, England and Ireland. Anthony Stroud advises on bloodstock, and Angus Gold is his racing manager. Campaigns his horses with Kiaran McLaughlin and Dan Peitz in the United States, and Mark Johnston and Ed Dunlop in Europe. The farm sponsors the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) at Keeneland, and includes a Best Turned Out Award to honor grooms. This year's Shadwell Turf Mile was won by multiple G1 winner Wise Dan, a likely favorite for the the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile. Shadwell also sponsored the opening night of Meydan Racecourse in Dubai in 2010.