Which horse was the leading earner for Shadwell Estates in 2021?
Shadwell Estates is the racing and breeding operation of the late Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who died in March, 2021, at the age of 75. Shadwell Estates continues to be operated by the Al Maktoum family and dozens of horses have carried the famous blue and white colours with distinction in 2021. In fact, in the calendar year so, Shadwell Estates registered 128 winners from 620 runners on British soil, at a strike rate of 21%, and amassed £3.78 million in prize money. As far as the Flat Owners’ Championship was concerned, 105 winners and £3.49 million in prize money fell between May 1 and October 16, such that Shadwell Estates finished in second place, behind only Godolphin.
The leading money earner for Shadwell Estates in 2021 was, not altogether surprisingly, the Sea The Stars colt Baeed, who didn’t see a racecourse until June, but remained unbeaten throughout his 3-year-old campaign. Trained by William Haggas, Baeed won his first four starts, including the Group 3 Bonham Thoroughbred Stakes at Goodwood in July, without being seriously challenged, before stepping up to Group 1 company for the first time at Longchamp in September. He won the Prix de Moulin de Longchamp by 1¼ lengths from Order Of Australia and completed an oustanding season with a neck defeat of Palace Pier in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot the following month. His earnings for 2021 amounted to £949,377.