Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum dies aged 75

London, March 24 (AFP/APP): Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum, one of the most influential figures in horse racing over the past four decades, has died at the age of 75, his brother Sheikh Mohammed announced on Twitter on Wednesday.

Sheikh Hamdan enjoyed huge success on the racecourse, winning both the Epsom Derby and the Melbourne Cup twice. His blue-and-white colours were most recently carried to glory by champion sprinter Battaash last year. Charlie Hills trainer of Battaash paid tribute not only to his success as a breeder and owner but his human side too.

“From a phone call when we went into lockdown in January to check my family was OK, to taking James and Eddie onto the podium after Battaash won his first Nunthorpe,” tweeted Hills. “Just a couple of examples of the kindness of Sheikh Hamdan. Our sport has lost one of its finest.”

The Sheikh’s first choice jockey Jim Crowley said he would always be in his heart for giving him the chance to ride top class horses. “So very sad of the passing of HH Sheikh Hamdam bin rashid al maktoum, You would not meet a more honest and loyal man,” tweeted Crowley.

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