Today, 14 Apr 15 is the start of the ‘New Era’ in thoroughbred racing and blogging, well for me at least. I state my intentions today to give the best, up-to-date news on the world of Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his horses he has in training throughout the different continents and multi-regional areas such as Dubai, the United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States.

About Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Sheikh Hamdan was born on 25 December 1945. He was the second of four sons of the late ruler of Dubai, Shaikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. Sheikh Hamdan’s formal schooling began in Dubai. He attended Al Madrasah Al-Ahlia, where he studied mathematics, English, science, and Arabic. Hamdan Al Maktoum then went on to complete his further studies at the Bell School of Languages in Cambridge between 1967 and 1968.

From here, Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum was introduced to the world of racing whilst in the United Kingdom studying, he then set-up his first racing stable in the year of 1981. The Dubai Arabian Horse Championship is held through the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan.

Why am I writing this blog and what do I plan to do?

Throughout this blog, I plan to give everyone involved a better understanding of the way in which horses could run, and how they could throughout a race. For the past three years, I have been following horse racing to an extent that some people may not necessarily find healthy, but there is so much to learn; and I want to learn it all!

Hamdan Al Maktoum’s horses have been a revelation for me during this time, with the two most notable for me personally; Taghrooda and Insaany. Both of these two I have seen live, both of which I have followed their careers to such an extent, I cried when Taghrooda won the Oaks and The King George IV and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Following a horse their entire career and watching them run their heart out to win and smash the boys? Well, that was a good feeling!

My plans for the blog are for now, to give everyone daily insight into the horses running, how I think they will run and a little bit about the stallions/mares they have come from. I look to set-up a main page that shows all of this, and then a sub-page on the side about stallions and mares of the Arabic world.

The Arabic world of racing is such a fruitful one where everyone is looking for a piece of the pie. The Dubai World Cup is the biggest prize money you can win in any single event throughout the entire world for horse racing, so you can tell they’re serious and their horses. The history of horses and Dubai go hand-in-hand, and this is why I have taken on the decision to write a blog like this.

I hope to see you all sharing your views and just generally enjoying the content I have!


I look to help point some punters in the right direction, but for me, this is just an informative blog and it will be just that; if you tell me how you’ve lost some money following it, I’ll happily block you.


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