Way of life
Dubai’s royal family is known for their affinity and passion for horses, some of which were largely shaped by the late His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the former Deputy Ruler of Dubai.
The late Sheikh was also the founder of Shadwell Racing, a global racing and breeding business involving both Thoroughbred and Arabian horses, which achieved worldwide success.
His Highness’ legacy continued in the recent Sussex Stakes in the UK, where the stallion Baaeed took victory and is considered perhaps one of the best racehorses in the world.
The late Sheikh’s daughter, Her Highness Sheikha Hissa bint Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, watched the race in reverence as Baaeed triumphantly crossed the Group 1 finish line.
“To me and my family, he means the world,” said Sheikha Hissa Race TV after Baaeed’s victory, adding that it was a special moment to see the racehorse triumph, especially as he comes from the line his father later bred.
“It’s good to see one of our best horses coming from this line that my dad worked hard on,” she said.
Jockey Jim Crowley and trainer William Haggas celebrated four-year-old Baaeed’s victory with Sheikh Hissa.
Her father was also close to Sheikha Hissa, whom she honored with a badge of his photo on her pale pink abaya.
We’re sure her father would be incredibly proud of his daughter as she continues to defend her legacy.
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