Famed Saudi racehorse owner Khalid Abdullah dies

Prince Khalid Abdullah with Frankel, jockey Tom Queally and trainer Sir Henry Cecil
Prince Khalid Abdullah’s racehorses included Frankel, who won all 14 races for jockey Tom Queally and trainer Sir Henry Cecil

Prince Khalid Abdullah, owner and breeder of great racehorses including Frankel and Enable, has died aged 83.

The Saudi prince’s green, pink and white colours were carried to victory in 118 Group or Grade One races.

Douglas Erskine Crum, chief executive of his Juddmonte breeding operation, paid tribute.

“Prince Khalid will always be remembered as a quiet, dignified, benevolent family man, whose horses spoke for him,” he said.

“He leaves a legacy that will stand the test of time.”

Two-time Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Enable was the latest in a succession of top racehorses for Abdullah, who also owned Dancing Brave, Zafonic, Commander In Chief, Midday, Kingman and Arrogate.

Frankel was retired to stud in 2012 after a 14-race winning run for trainer Sir Henry Cecil that included 10 Group One triumphs.

His 2,000 Guineas victory in 2011 was breathtaking, while Frankel’s unbeaten sequence also included an 11-length victory in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.