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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.

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