Prince Khalid Abdullah: Leading racing owner of greats Frankel and Enable dies aged 83 – Mirror Online

Prince Khalid Abdullah: Leading racing owner of greats Frankel and Enable dies aged 83 – Mirror Online

Leading horse racing owner and breeder Prince Khalid bin Abdullah has died at the age of 83.

Over the last 40 years his pink, green and white colours have been carried to victory by some of the sport’s best horses, including Frankel and Enable.

The Saudi-born billionaire owned Juddmonte Farms and he celebrated more than 500 stakes winners.

He bred over 440 of them, while the total includes 118 Group and Grade 1 winners – racing’s top tier.

Douglas Erskine Crum, CEO Juddmonte, said: “The whole of Juddmonte feels a huge sense of loss. Prince Khalid will always be remembered as a quiet, dignified, benevolent family man, whose horses spoke for him.

“He leaves a legacy that will stand the test of time. His contribution to the development of the thoroughbred will have long-lasting effects.”

Newmarket, Frankel with Tom Queally, trainer Henry Cecil and owner Khalid Abdullah after they won the 2000 Guineas
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Fans regard champion Frankel as Prince Khalid’s best horse – and one of the greatest ever thoroughbreds to compete.

He retired unbeaten after 14 successes and the winner of nearly £3 million in prize money is now a top stallion.

Prince Khalid bin Abdullah
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Other favourites include 11-time Group 1 scorer Enable, who was known for her association with jockey Frankie Dettori and American racing titan Arrogate.

And Dancing Brave conquering the 2,000 Guineas, Eclipse, King George and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 1986 also puts him on the list of all-time greats.

Prince Khalid had his first Group 1 triumph back in 1979 – and he went on to take each of the five British Classics on multiple occasions.

Tributes flooded in from across the industry, as key racing figures were united in their appreciation for his achievements.

Frankel showed blistering pace to win the 2011 Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket
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His racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe said: “He was a monumental man for the world.”

Chair of the British Horseracing Authority, Annamarie Phelps, described the loss of Prince Khalid, champion owner in Britain in 2003, 2010 and 2011, as “extremely sad.”

“His Juddmonte breeding operation has been a feather in British racing’s cap for many years – and those exceptional bloodlines, which will be enjoyed for generations to come, are a priceless gift to our sport from an exceptional man,” she added.

In 1956, Prince Khalid was introduced to racing on a trip to Longchamp, France.

However he did not start his incredible journey as an owner until the late 1970s.

Sky Sports Racing presenter Matt Chapman said: “He has given so much to the sport and over the years we have seen so many of his horses carrying those famous colours.

“Quite simply, without Prince Khalid Abdullah, many memories in this game wouldn’t simply exist.”