We are saddened to learn of the passing of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum. His contribution to the racing and breeding industry globally has been significant, but also on a local level here at Newbury he was a great supporter and friend of the racecourse. The Dubai International Arabian Raceday (DIARD) was his brainchild and has been a real success story, not only for Arabian Racing, but for the local community in and around Newbury. He took a very personal interest in the day and was always in attendance, he was very generous to all the local schools who got involved which was reflective of his passion for education,  he will be much missed.