Coronation Stakes (Gr1)
(Photo : Daily Mail)
GREAT ROYAL ASCOT FOR SUMMERHILL PATRON OF TWO DECADES
There have been some memorable moments in the racing exploits of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s horses since he first dabbled in the sport thirty years ago, including a Guineas and Derby double for the phenomenal NASHWAN. Nonetheless, His Highness would happily acknowledge that his four-timer at Royal Ascot this past week takes a bit of beating, particularly the spectacular victory of GHANAATI in Friday’s Coronation Stakes (Gr1), which removed any doubt who the best three-year-old filly is in Europe right now. Incidentally, GHANAATI is out of a Mr Prospector half sister to NASHWAN, both of whom are the progeny of the glorious mare, HEIGHT OF FASHION.
Sheikh Hamdan’s involvement with Summerhill started two decades ago, with the arrival of RAMI and half a dozen mares, and is spearheaded today by his two highly successful stallions, KAHAL and MUHTAFAL.