Prince Khalid Abdullah

Prince Khalid Abdullah
License: UK and Ireland
Date of Birth:
Saudi Arabia
UK and Ireland
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About Prince Khalid Abdullah

77-year-old Prince Khalid Abdullah is a member of the ruling Saud family of Saudi Arabia and over the last thirty years has built up an enviable empire of top racehorses, stallions, and broodmares under his Juddmonte Farms banner.

A softly-spoken, modest, and reportedly shy man, Khalid Abdullah is a multi-billionaire who made most of his money through a wide range of business interests from communications to insurance, as well as having proved very successful in the notoriously unpredictable world of international bloodstock and horse racing.

Abdullah’s first high-class horse was the Jeremy Tree-trained Known Fact, controversially awarded the 1980 renewal of the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on the disqualification of Nureyev. He went on to win other top races and subsequently became a successful stallion.

The 1980’s saw Abdullah’s horses carry all before them, his famous pink, white, and green silks enjoying massive success with the great middle-distance performers Dancing Brave and Rainbow Quest, whilst later years saw a whole roster of top-class performers such as Zafonic, Commander-In-Chief, Workforce, Reams of Verse, Sanglamore, and Rail Link.

Abdullah was one of the few leading owners to stand by the late, great Sir Henry Cecil when Cecil went through much-publicised personal difficulties that saw his leading Newmarket stable of stars decimated. It was therefore only due reward for his loyalty that Abdullah had the honour of owning the last great horse trained by Cecil, Frankel, the horse generally regarded as the greatest of all time.

Frankel, named after Abdullah’s late friend Bobby Frankel, (who trained the Prince’s horses in the U.S.), was unbeaten in all 14 career starts, putting up some of the most breathtaking displays ever seen on a racecourse, including his truly memorable six-length pillar-to-post rout of top opposition in the 2011 Qipco 2000 Guineas. His subsequent stunning successes in the St James’s Palace Stakes, Sussex Stakes, QEII Stakes, Juddmonte International Stakes, and the Champion Stakes, marked him down as the highest rated horse ever. Indeed, he was so good he was off the scale and the international ratings system has had to be adjusted to accommodate his prodigious talent.

Frankel’s first foals are set to be seen on the racecourse in the 2015 season. The Prince’s Juddmonte Farm was overwhelmed by applications from broodmare owners for the superstar to cover their mares. It’s hard to imagine that Frankel’s progeny, a number of whom will race in Abdullah’s silks, will come even close to showing the ability of their sire, but anticipation remains incredibly high at the thought of seeing the great horse’s sons and daughters in action. Arquana, the thoroughbred auction sales house is promoting the first foals of Frankel with an exclusive website [1].

Abdullah, reportedly in fragile health in recent years, was understandably deeply saddened by the death of his long-time friend and principal trainer Sir Henry Cecil in 2013, but he has remained loyal to the family and continues to have a significant number of horses in training with Cecil’s widow, Lady Jane.

Others training for Abdullah in Britain include John Gosden, Roger Charlton, and Sir Michael Stoute, while French training legend Andre Fabre, and Pascal Bary also have plenty of Abdullah stock in their stables as well.

With approximately 800 horses worldwide, and highly successful stud farms in England, Ireland, and the U.S., Abdullah has created a sporting and business empire out of something he famously refers to as his “singular hobby”.