Sheikh Mohammed’s brother Sheikh Hamdan owns Shadwell, which isn’t as ubiquitous a presence as his brother’s Darley and Godolphin in the racing world. But the Shadwell banner has been strategically prominent internationally, and lately its presence has been noted in South America, from where Shadwell got Horse of the Year Invasor — bred in Argentina and originally raced in Uruguay. In fact, Shadwell sponsored the Uruguayan Derby — the Gran Premio Nacional – Copa Shadwell — this past weekend (see the photo above and the Shadwell banner), won by Escolaso. Invasor won the same race in 2005.
This weekend, Shadwell’s presence moves to Brazil, where it is partnering with the United Arab Emirates and the Jockey Club of São Paulo to sponsor a lucrative race by South American standards, an $85,000 event at 2800 meters (about 14 furlongs) Saturday. According to press reports, a large delegation from Dubai landed in São Paulo to attend the event, which is part of a larger promotional initiative for horse racing and the strengthening of ties between the two countries. Ambassador of United Arab Emirates to Brazil, Chile, and Cuba, Yussuf Ali Osaimi; Mirza Al Sayegh, who oversees Sheikh Hamdan’s commercial affairs; and other prominent people from the UAE are expected to be present.