8th November 2021
It was a sad day for all at Johnston Racing today as Maydanny left to continue his racing career in Dubai. The departure of Attraction’s five-year-old son marks the end of an era for us which began 19 years ago when ownership of Bandari was transferred from the late Mr. Abdulla Al Rostamani to the late Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum. The horses which followed from Sheikh Hamdan brought us 167 British winners and some tremendous times with horses like Awzaan and Elarqam amongst many others.
Since Sheikh Hamdan’s death in March this year his horses have run in the name of his Shadwell Estate Company and we had our last two runners in the famous blue and white colours at Nottingham on 13th October when Qitaal won and Janoobi was runner up in the next race. Those two horses were sold soon afterwards as part of the Shadwell dispersal at Tattersalls and Maydanny was the last of the great owner’s horses to remain with us until today.
It was a great privilege to train for Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum and I shall always be grateful for the support he gave us.