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Godolphin Racing, sponsored by Emirates Airline, is the Maktoum family's private thoroughbred horseracing stable and was named in honour of the Godolphin Arabian, who came from the desert to become one of the three founding stallions of the modern thoroughbred. Godolphin is buried at Wandlebury Park in Cambridge, where there is a stone to commemorate this horse in the passage way of the old buildings.
Godolphin's headquarters are in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It operates two racing stables in Newmarket, Suffolk, United Kingdom, and also has horses in training in France, The United States of America and Ireland.
UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the driving force behind Godolphin. He also owns the Darley Stud breeding operation. Godolphin's first runner and winner was Cutwater (GB) at Nad Al Sheba, Dubai on December 24, 1992 while Godolphin's international operation commenced in 1994. The stable has training facilities in both Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Newmarket, United Kingdom.
Horses are wintered in Dubai, then travel each April to Godolphin's UK-based Godolphin Stables, which is the former Stanley House Stables, built in 1903 by Frederick Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby and to the historic Moulton Paddocks which is also located in Newmarket.
Godolphin registered its 100th Group One win with Sulamani in the 2003 Arlington Million. Since then, the stable has won a further 111 Group One races around the globe. Hunter's Light, trained by Saeed bin Suroor and ridden by Silvestre de Sousa, recorded Godolphin's 200th Group One success with an impressive victory in the Al Maktoum Challenge R3 Sponsored By Emirates Airline at Meydan, Dubai, on Saturday, March 9, 2013.
On 22 April 2013 the British Horseracing Authority disclosed that 11 Godolphin horses trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni tested positive for anabolic steroids. All 11 horses were banned from racing and Mahmood al-Zarooni faced disciplinary charges. Sheikh Mohammed declared he was "appalled and angered" and would 'lock down' the stables with 'immediate effect' in the wake of Al-Zarooni being charged.  The incident was described by The Economist as "the biggest doping scandal in racing history".
- The stable's jockeys are Mickael Barzalona and Silvestre De Sousa. Emirati jockey Ahmed Ajtebi also rides for the stable.
- Godolphin has horses in training with: Saeed bin Suroor, (UK & UAE), Charlie Appleby (UK & UAE), Andre Fabre (FR), Kiaran McLaughlin (USA), Tom Albertrani (USA), Eoin Harty (USA) and Jim Bolger (IRE).
Some of Godolphin's top horses include:
- Blue Bunting
- Cape Verdi
- Dawn Approach
- Discreet Cat
- Dubai Millennium
- Fantastic Light
- Kayf Tara
- Mark of Esteem
- Moon Ballad
- Music Note
- Refuse To Bend
- Street Cry
Facts and figures
- Godolphin has won over 2,000 races worldwide and numerous awards since its inception in 1992.
- Godolphin's most successful years numerically are 2009 (202 wins), 2010 (200 wins), 2011 (186 wins), 2012 (214 wins) and 2013 (228 wins).
- Godolphin won an Eclipse Award for top North American owner at the 39th annual Eclipse Awards ceremony held on January 18, 2010 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, USA. It was the first time that Godolphin won the award for top North American owner.
- Saeed bin Suroor has been crowned Champion Trainer in Great Britain on four occasions (1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004).
- Godolphin has been crowned Champion British Owner on nine occasions - 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2012 & 2013.
- Over 200 different jockeys have ridden for Godolphin.
- The stable has had winners in 14 different countries (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Qatar, Singapore, Turkey, UAE, United Kingdom & USA).
- Godolphin horses have run at 129 racecourses worldwide. The stable gained further international success in September 2009 when the well-travelled Balius provided Godolphin with their first win in Turkey in the Group Two Anatolia Trophy at Veliefendi Race Course.
- Moulton Paddocks
- "Statistics: Godolphin's Group and Listed wins". godolphin.com. October 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
- Walker, Guy (22 April 2013). "Godolphin rocked by Al Zarooni revelations". Cambridge News.
- Wood, Greg (22 April 2013). "Godolphin have 11 horses banned after testing positive for steroids". Sport (UK). The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-04-23.
- "Sheikh Mohammed tells of fury over Al Zarooni doping scandal". Cambridge News. 24 April 2013.
- http://www.economist.com/news/britain/21576709-sport-kings-sullied-giddy-nags Doping racehorses: Giddy nags
- Mickael Barzalona
- Silvestre De Sousa
- Ahmed Ajtebi
- Saeed bin Suroor