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Royal Line continues Maktoum dynasty’s success


Among the most recognised owner’s colours ever seen worldwide, the infamous maroon and white silks, carried by countless equine luminaries such as Oh So Sharp, Pebbles and Singspiel, for Sheikh Mohammed, are back in the winning business after Royal Line justified favouritism to win at Windsor recently for His Highness’ daughter Sheikha Al Jalila. Royal Line was the second runner for the owner, whose horses run under the banner ‘HH Sheikha Al Jalila Racing’, after Graffiti Master was fourth three days earlier at Sandown.

A 3yo son of Dubawi, debutant Royal Line was settled in rear by James Doyle but finished off the extended 1m3f maiden strongly to win comfortably. Like Graffiti Master and the rest of the fledgling owner’s string, Royal Line is trained by John Gosden and Doyle was obviously proud to wear the famous silks to victory. He said: “It’s great for Sheikh Mohammed’s family to get involved and the first winner for Sheikha Al Jalila in these colours is fantastic; I’m sure she’ll be pretty pleased. “I’ve grown up watching them and they’re pretty special colours. It’s nice to see them back in the winner’s enclosure and great to be wearing them.”

The last year the colours were regularly seen in Britain was 2007, and it may not be long before we receive another blast of nostalgia as the blue and white colours of Sheikh Mohammed’s first winner Hatta will soon be seen on the track for his son, Sheikh Zayed. The news regarding the return to racing action and involvement of Sheikh Mohammed’s young children was revealed in Al Adiyat, by Howard Wright, late last year.

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15 Feb 2018
Issue Number: Issue 636
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