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UK: ‘No change’ at Juddmonte following Khalid Abdullah’s death 

The cherished green, white and pink silks of the late Khalid Abdullah will continue to be seen on racecourses for many years to come after his family made public a commitment to continue one of the world’s most successful racing and breeding operations. In an announcement that will be welcomed by fans of the sport worldwide, it was revealed yesterday that the Juddmonte bloodstock empire will remain intact, with Abdullah, who died peacefully on Tuesday aged 83, having already approved the matings for this year’s covering season. Juddmonte chief executive Douglas Erskine Crum told the Racing Post: “The news is there will be no change. Juddmonte will continue. There is a commitment from the family and from all the management and staff. It’s onwards and upwards. I must, however, preface everything by saying everyone at Juddmonte is obviously very saddened by what happened this week. It’s extremely rare you meet, let alone work for, a person who is held in such high esteem and universally respected and admired.” No decisions have yet been made regarding in what name the Abdullah horses will now run, although two of his sons, Prince Ahmad bin Khalid and Prince Saud bin Khalid, were present on occasions when Enable (Nathaniel) raced, while it has also been reported there is keen interest in racing from among Abdullah’s grandchildren.

IRE: Westerberg buys into Coolmore Classic hopefuls

Westerberg, the racing operation of Georg von Opel, has bought into Coolmore’s leading Classic contenders High Definition (Galileo) and Santa Barbara (Camelot) ahead of their three-year-old campaigns. According to Horse Racing Ireland’s latest registrations supplement, Westerberg now owns a 12.5 per cent share in the unbeaten High Definition, who heads the Epsom Derby (Gr 1, 1m 4f) betting at around 7-1, with John Magnier and Michael Tabor each owning a 31.2 per cent share and the remaining 25 per cent belonging to Derrick Smith. The same four partners own an equal 25 per cent share in Santa Barbara, who heads the Epsom Oaks (Gr 1, 1m 4f) market at a general 8-1 having created a deep impression with a successful debut at the Curragh last September. Both horses are trained by Aidan O’Brien and were bred by the master of Ballydoyle and his wife Annemarie under the couple’s Whisperview Trading banner. Both High Definition and Santa Barbara had previously been registered to the Coolmore partners Magnier, Smith and Tabor along with Mrs A M O’Brien.