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Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum was crowned Champion Flat Owner in 2020 – horses carrying his famous blue and white silks earning £217,000 more than second-placed Godolphin.
His prolific filly, Nazeef, more than played her part in his success. She won four of her seven races, including twice in Group 1 company, and was also third in the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.
In all, she earned about £300,000 – a significant sum in a year when prize-money levels dipped because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Successful in Listed company and the Group 2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, Nazeef raised her game further to land a tight renewal of the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes plus a competitive running of the Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket.
NAZEEF lands her first Group 1 success!
— Champions Series (@ChampionsSeries) July 10, 2020
Trainer John Gosden said after the latter success: “She’s a grand filly, very brave. She was in the handicaps last year, won at Chelmsford last back end and we decided to keep her in training to try and win a Listed race, which she did immediately in the Snowdrop.
“She then went on to the Duke of Cambridge, then the Falmouth and then the trainer got carried away, although I think she will get a mile and a quarter. To then win this today is fantastic.”
She showed all the virtues you look for in a top-class racehorse, not to mention her versatility regards ground conditions.
Look out for her in more top races over a mile/ten furlongs in 2021.