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Racing silks of Hamdan Al Maktoum.svg
Racing colours of Hamdan Al Maktoum
SireGiant's Causeway
GrandsireStorm Cat
DamsireMr. Prospector
Foaled28 March 2006
CountryUnited States
BreederShadwell Farm
OwnerHamdan Al Maktoum
TrainerBarry Hills
Record6: 3-1-2
Major wins
1000 Guineas (2009)
Coronation Stakes (2009)

Ghanaati (foaled 28 March 2006) is an American-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse. In a racing career which lasted from September 2008 and October 2009 she ran six times and won three races. After winning one minor race as a two-year-old she won the Classic 1000 Guineas at Newmarket Racecourse on her first appearance in 2009. She then won the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot and was placed in both the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood and the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket before being retired at the end of the season.


Ghanaati is a "big, strong",[1] dark-coated bay mare bred by her owner, Hamdan Al Maktoum's Shadwell Farm at Lexington, Kentucky. Her dam, Sarayir won three races, and as a daughter of the mare Height of Fashion, was a sister of Nashwan, Unfuwain and Nayef. In addition to Ghanaati, Sarayir produced the Cumberland Lodge Stakes winner Mawatheeq. As a descendant of the 1000 Guineas winner Highclere, Ghanaati is also closely related to the Japanese champion Deep Impact. Ghanaati's sire, the 2000 European Horse of the Year Giant's Causeway has, as of 2012, sired the winners of more than 20 Group One/Grade I races and more than £5,000,000 in prize money.[2] He was Leading sire in North America in 2009 and 2010.

Ghanaati was trained by Barry Hills at Lambourn and ridden in five of her six races by her trainer's son Richard. The filly's name is Arabic and means "my love".[3]

Racing career[edit]

Ghanaati began her racing career on the Polytrack surface at Kempton Park in the autumn of 2008. On her debut in September, she started slowly before finishing third in a seven furlong maiden race. Five weeks later, racing over the same course and distance, Ghanaati started 4/6 favourite for a similar event. After starting slowly again, she recovered to take the lead in the straight and drew clear to win very easily by six lengths.[4]

Ghanaati did not race as a three-year-old before contesting the 1000 Guineas over the Rowley Mile at Newmarket on 3 May. She was not considered a major contender and started at odds of 20/1 in a field fourteen fillies with Rainbow View being made the 8/11 favourite. Richard Hills positioned the filly among the leaders from the start before going to the front in the final quarter mile. Ghanaati quickly went clear and was not seriously challenged, winning by one and a half lengths from the Irish-trained Cuis Ghaire.[5] The previously unbeaten Rainbow View finished fifth, with her connections claiming that she was unsuited by the exceptionally firm ground.[6] The winning time of 1:34.22 was a record for the race[7] and was 1.66 seconds faster than that recorded by Sea The Stars in the 2000 Guineas over the same course and distance the previous day. Shortly after the race Barry Hills became seriously ill with blood poisoning and the day-to-day supervision of Ghanaati's training was taken on by his son Charlie Hills.[8]

On 19 June Ghanaati was matched against the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches winner Elusive Wave and the Irish 1000 Guineas winner Again in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.[9] Ghanaati was made 2/1 favourite with Elusive Wave starting at 4/1. The race was an unusually rough one, with several collisions between the horses early in the straight. Ghanaati survived a bump two furlongs from the finish before taking the lead and winning comfortably by two lengths from Raggane. According to the Racing Post she was "never in danger" and "always in command" in the closing stages.[10] Her winning time of 1:38.42 was a record for Ascot's round mile course.[1] As her owner felt that she had little to prove against three-year-old fillies,[11] Ghanaati was then tried against colts and older horses in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood in July. She started 2/1 second favourite but was well beaten and finished third behind Rip Van Winkle and Paco Boy. After the race, Charlie Hills expressed the view that Ghanaati had run well in what was described as a "vintage" running of the Group One event.[12]

Ghanaati was then rested until October when she contested the Sun Chariot Stakes, over the same course and distance as the 1000 Guineas and started 6/5 favourite. She led the race a furlong from the finish but was overtaken and beaten one and a half lengths by the French-trained four-year-old Sahpresa, who recorded the first of her three wins in the race.[13]

Assessment and honours[edit]

In the 2009 World Thoroughbred Rankings, Ghanaati was given a rating of 118, making her the seventh highest-rated three-year-old filly in the world. She was the highest rated three-year-old filly over one mile on turf.[14]

Stud record[edit]

At the end of her racing career, Ghanaati became a broodmare for Shadwell Farms. In her first three years at stud she was covered by the stallions Dansili, Dubawi and Oasis Dream.[15]

2011 ALMUHALAB (GB): Bay colt (gelded), foaled 15 February, by Dansili (GB) - won once and placed four times from 22 starts in Britain to date (15/05/17) 2013-16

2012 ALNASHAMA (GB): Bay colt (gelded), foaled 24 February, by Dubawi (IRE) - won 4 races and placed 6 times from 17 starts in Britain to date (15/05/17) 2014-17


2014 AFAAK (GB): Bay colt, foaled 3 March, by Oasis Dream (GB) - won 2 races and placed fourth once from 3 starts in England to date (5/06/17) in 2017


2016 Covered by Invincible Spirit (IRE) in 2015

2017 Covered by Muhaarar (GB) in 2016


Pedigree of Ghanaati (USA), bay mare, 2006[16]
Giant's Causeway (USA)
Storm Cat
Storm Bird Northern Dancer
South Ocean
Terlingua Secretariat
Crimson Saint
Mariah's Storm
Rahy Blushing Groom
Glorious Song
Immense Roberto
Sarayir (USA)
Mr. Prospector
Raise a Native Native Dancer
Raise You
Gold Digger Nashua
Height of Fashion
Bustino Busted
Ship Yard
Highclere Queen's Hussar
Highlight (Family: 2-f)[17]


  1. ^ a b Horse Racing. "Royal Ascot: Ghanaati stars as leading lady: Horse Racing". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  2. ^ "Giant's Causeway Stud Record". 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  3. ^ "Ghanaati leads parade of winners for Sheikh Hamdan". Thoroughbred Times. 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  4. ^ "Look for better odds at Betdaq Maiden Stakes". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  5. ^ "1000 Guineas". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  6. ^ Horse Racing. "Ghanaati on top in 1,000 Guineas". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  7. ^ "THE ENGLISH 1,000 GUINEAS". Godolphin. 2011-05-01. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  8. ^ Greg Wood (2009-06-20). "Ghanaati gives Hills clan emotional win". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  9. ^ "Ghanaati just keeps on getting better and better". Daily Mirror. 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  10. ^ "Coronation Stakes". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  11. ^ Horse Racing. "Ghanaati set to take on the boys in the BGC Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  12. ^ "All options open to Ghanaati". RTÉ Sport. 2009-08-05. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  13. ^ "Guineas heroine Ghanaati sunk by French raider Sahpresa in Sun Chariot". Daily Mail. 2009-10-03. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  14. ^ "The 2009 World Thoroughbred Rankings". Archived from the original on 2013-10-20. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  15. ^ "Ghanaati to visit Oasis Dream". 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  16. ^ "Ghanaati pedigree". 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  17. ^ "Hyacinthus Mare - Family 2-f". Retrieved 2012-07-30.

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