On 8 August, 2008 the Thoroughbred stallion Watchtower (IRE) was retired to the New England Thoroughbred Retirement Center by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, and his Darley Stud Management LLC.
     Watchtower (IRE) was bred and trained by Sheikh Mohammad’s Darley Stables and made one start for Godolphin, his international Thoroughbred horseracing enterprise before being sold to a new owner and exported to compete in the United States. Watchtower (IRE) was received as royalty when in 2006 he arrived in New York, running at Belmont Park and Saratoga under jockey Kent Desormeaux, who just two years later would ride Big Brown to victories in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. By 2008 however, Watchtower (IRE) had been sold again was running in the low-level, claiming races at Suffolk Downs, His Boston trainer had been working him with only ten days between races. After H.H. Sheikh Mohammed learned about Watchtower (IRE)’s unfortunate situation, Darley engaged us to re-purchase him on its behalf  and Watchtower (IRE) was delivered to the Retirement Center in less than seventy-two hours.
    Watchtower (IRE) was one of just fifty-six foals from the only crop by his sire, Dubai Millennium (GB). Bred by Sheikh Mohammed and raced under the royal blue colour of his Godolphin Racing, Dubai Millennium (GB) was Godolphin's greatest horse and Sheikh Mohammed's personal favourite. He won nine of his ten starts including a stunning victory in the world's richest race, the Dubai World Cup in 2000 – a race  Sheikh Mohammed named him to win.
        The story of Watchtower (IRE)’s pedigree is quite remarkable. In 1999 his sire Dubai Millennium (GB) and his dam Balisada (GB) raced against one another in a field of just four horses in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot. Dubai Millennium (GB) won the race and Balisada (GB) finished fourth. The following year, Dubai Millennium (GB) was retired to stud after sustaining an injury and in 2001 he and Balisada (GB) were reunited in the breeding shed at Darley’s Dalham Hall Stud where Watchtower (IRE) was conceived!
    Sheikh Mohammed’s  devotion to his magnificent stallion Dubai Millennium(GB) and to all of his horses is extraordinary.
   “Truly, the most powerful thing in the world is the right decision, made at the right time.”
             ~ Sheikh Mohammed

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