The legacy of the late Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum and his Shadwell racing and breeding operation is set to be continued by his daughter Sheikha Hissa Hamdan Al Maktoum, according to a report by the Racing Post on Tuesday.
Shadwell’s long-time Racing Manager Angus Gold told the publication: “We’ve been communicating with Sheikha Hissa over the past couple of months since Sheikh Hamdan sadly died and I’m currently on my way back from a trip out to Dubai to meet her to discuss things in person.
“She confirmed to me that she and her family are very keen to honour Sheikh Hamdan’s legacy and keep the whole thing going, which is fantastic. It’s wonderful for his memory that she has the passion and her brothers are going to support her taking it forward and we’ll do our best to do the same.
“Sheikh Hamdan used to involve Sheikha Hissa quite a bit. She knows horses, loves horses and has horses of her own in Dubai. She enjoys the racing and has very much taken over his mantle since he died. Sheikh Hamdan had six children of whom Sheikha Hissa is going to be the spokesperson on the horse front.”
No further details on how Shadwell will operate in future have been revealed but the news follows Shadwell Stud Director Richard Lancaster announcing on Monday that he is to step down from his role at the organisation.
Also speaking to the Racing Post, Lancaster said: “Following the sad death of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum I’ve decided after 35 very happy years that it’s time to move on.
“I’m extremely proud of everything we built up over my time at Shadwell, and I wish everyone at Shadwell the very best for the future. I’m now looking forward to new challenges ahead.”