DID YOU KNOW?
Godolphin was established in 1992 by Shaikh Mohammad. The stable takes its name from Godolphin Arabian, one of the three foundation stallions (the other two were the Byerley Turk and the Darley Arabian) that came from Arabia to Europe in the 1700s – from which all thoroughbred racehorses descend. The Godolphin Arabian was known as the ‘father of the turf’ and sired many Classic winners.
Team Godolphin employs 1,500 staff and spans four continents – from its home in Dubai to Ireland, the UK and France in Europe, Australia and the USA. In Dubai, the organisation has two operations – Al Quoz Stables and Godolphin Marmoom Stables.
Al Quoz Stables is the Dubai home for Godolphin trainer Saeed Bin Surour’s (above) horses. It serves as a base for those racing in the Dubai World Cup Carnival at nearby Meydan, home to the world’s richest race – the Dubai World Cup. The yard’s state-of-the-art facilities include an equine swimming pool, a seawalker (a circular training pool) and spa and a nine-furlong all-weather training track.
Godolphin Marmoom Stables is the winter base of Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby and his team. Horses in residence here are mainly prepared for the Dubai World Cup Carnival, which takes place at Meydan Racecourse between January and March each year.
Darley Stallions is Shaikh Mohammad’s global stallion operation, which stands stallions in six countries and produces racehorses for Godolphin. Headquartered at Dalham Hall Stud, near Newmarket, England, the current line-up of 14 thoroughbred stallions is headed by Dubawi, son of the famous Dubai Millennium. The operation also includes Kildangan Stud in County Kildare, Ireland, which is home to 15 stallions, including Exceed And Excel, the world’s leading sire of two-year-olds.
Further afield, Darley stands stallions at Jonabell Farm, in Kentucky, USA and another breeding stud in Japan. Darley Australia is spread over several properties and stands a roster of 24 stallions, including Australian sire Lonhro.
Over the years, Godolphin has bred several champions, including Dubai Millennium, who won the Dubai World Cup in 2000. Shaikh Mohammad considers him to be the best horse ever prepared by Godolphin.
Today, Team Godolphin has 4,500 horses across its racing and breeding operations. After their careers, the most successful horses retire to stud, which is the industry term for breeding. Other horses work in eventing and polo.