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Racing colours of Maktoum Al Maktoum
GrandsireNorthern Dancer
CountryUnited States
BreederCherry Valley Farm Inc. & The Gamely Corp
OwnerMaktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum
TrainerMichael Stoute
Major wins
Craven Stakes (1985)
2000 Guineas (1985)
Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1985)

Shadeed (1982–2005) was an American-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. In a career that lasted from October 1984 to November 1985 he ran seven times and won four races. In the 1985 he was the highest-rated three-year-old in Europe over one mile when he won the 2000 Guineas and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. On his final start he became the first winner of a British Classic to compete in the Breeders' Cup when he took third place in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Aqueduct Race Track.


Shadeed was a big, rangy bay horse with a small white star bred in Kentucky by Cherry Tree Farm. He was sired by the Triple Crown winner Nijinsky out of the American-bred mare Continual, making him a close relative of the Kentucky Derby winner Swale.[1] As a yearling he was consigned to the Keeneland Select sale in July 1983 where he was bought for $800,000 by a representative of Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum. He was sent into training with Michael Stoute at Newmarket, Suffolk.[2] "Shadeed" (شديد) is an Arabic word meaning "strong".[3]

Racing career[edit]

1984: two-year-old season[edit]

Shadeed made his first appearance in the Westley Maiden Stakes at Newmarket in October, where he started favourite on the basis of his home reputation. He finished third, beaten one and a half lengths and a short head behind the 33/1 outsider Kala Dancer and Al Riyadh. The form of the race was boosted when Kala Dancer won the Group One Dewhurst Stakes, Britain's most prestigious race for two-year-olds at Newmarket later in the month. At the same meeting, Shadeed ran against fourteen opponents in the Houghton Stakes. He tracked the leaders in the early stages before moving into the lead two furlongs from the finish and pulling clear to win easily by two and a half lengths from Tiber Creek. Although he had not contested a Group race he was made favourite for the following season's 2000 Guineas and Epsom Derby. In the International Classification he was given a rating of 76, eight pounds below the top-rated Kala Dancer.[2]

1985: three-year-old season[edit]

Shadeed made his three-year-old debut in the Craven Stakes over one mile at Newmarket on 16 April. Ridden by Walter Swinburn he started 9/4 joint-favourite with Local Suitor. Shadeed was always traveling easily before taking the lead two furlongs from the finish and pulling away from his opponents to win by six lengths from Damister. In the 2000 Guineas over the same course and distance sixteen days later he started 4/5 favourite against thirteen other colts. Before the race he seemed highly agitated and was sent to the start without taking part in the parade in front of the stands, for which offence Stoute was fined by the racecourse stewards.[4] With Swinburn suspended, he was ridden by the veteran Lester Piggott who had previously committed to ride Bairn for trainer Luca Cumani.[5] Shadeed went to the front two furlongs out and looked likely to win easily,[4] but was strongly challenged by Bairn and had to be ridden strongly by Piggott to maintain his advantage, winning by a head.

On 5 June Shadeed started 7/2 second favourite for The Derby. Despite concerns about his temperament, Shadeed appeared calm before the race but he ran "deplorably",[4] never figuring among the leaders and finishing thirteenth of the fourteen runners behind Slip Anchor, beaten by more than fifty lengths. So poor was his performance that Stoute and Swinburn were called before the racecourse stewards but were unable to offer an explanation.[6] Swinburn offered the observation that Shadeed "died in my hands... as if he'd been shot."[7]

After his poor run in the Derby, Shadeed did not run for well over three months before returning to one mile for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on 28 September. Shadeed took the lead at half way and drew clear in the straight to win by two and a half lengths from the Arlington Million winner Teleprompter in a course record time of 1:38.8.[4] On 2 November at Aqueduct, Shadeed was one of four British runners in the second running of the Breeders' Cup Mile. He finished fourth, three lengths behind the winner Cozzene, but was promoted to third on the disqualification of the runner-up, Palace Music.


Timeform rated Shadeed at 101p as a two-year-old: the p signifying that, in the opinion of Timeform, he was very likely to improve on the figure.[2] As a three-year-old he was given a rating of 135, making him the equal of horses such as Sir Ivor and Nashwan.[8] In the International Classification for 1985 he was given a rating of 91, the highest for a three-year-old in the 6½ to 10½ division. The figure place him sixth among all European-trained horses behind Slip Anchor (95), Petoski (94), Rainbow Quest (93), Sagace (93) and Pebbles (92).

Stud career[edit]

Shadeed was retired to stand as a stallion at the Gainsborough Farm at Versailles, Kentucky. During his stud career he sired the winners of more than two hundred races including the 1000 Guineas winning fillies Shadayid and Sayyedati, while his colts included Alydeed, winner of the (Queen's Plate) and runner-up in the Preakness Stakes. He was retired from stud duties in 2004 and died in November 2005. He was buried at the Gainsborough Farm.[9]


Pedigree of Shadeed (USA), bay stallion, 1982[10]
Nijinsky (CAN)
Northern Dancer
Nearctic Nearco
Lady Angela
Natalma Native Dancer
Flaming Page
Bull Page Bull Lea
Our Page
Flaring Top Menow
Flaming Top
Continual (USA)
Sword Dancer Sunglow
Highland Fling
Kerala My Babu
Blade of Time
Forli Aristophanes
Continue Double Jay
Courtesy (Family:1-n)[1]


  1. ^ a b "Chelandry - Family 1-n". Retrieved 2012-03-06.
  2. ^ a b c Timeform (1985). Racehorses of 1984. Timeform. ISBN 0-900599-40-5.
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  4. ^ a b c d Timeform (1986). Racehorses of 1985. Timeform. ISBN 0-900599-42-1.
  5. ^ "Lester Piggott- he rode like a god in pursuit of mammon". Glasgow Herald. 30 October 1985. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
  6. ^ "Slip Anchor weighs in for victory". Glasgow Herald. 6 June 1985. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
  7. ^ "Cauthen rides Slip Anchor to victory". Schenectady Gazette. 6 June 1985. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
  8. ^ "Dosage". Archived from the original on 2012-05-22. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
  9. ^ "Classic winner, successful stallion Shadeed dead at 23". Thoroughbred Times. 2005-11-17. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
  10. ^ "Shadeed pedigree". Retrieved 2012-03-06.