Joshua Tree, Pattison Canadian International, Woodbine, 27th October 2013
Trained by Edward Dunlop, Sire: Montjeu. Dam: Madeira Mist
Joshua Tree’s historic third victory in the $1 million Pattison Canadian International at Woodbine on October 27 was his second for Khalid Khalifa al Nabooda, who, with partner Robert Andreas al Bahou, purchased Joshua Tree from Coolmore after he won his first one in 2010. In 2011, Joshua Tree finished second in the Pattison before capturing it again in 2012 and in 2013. Kamal Albahou is now the co-owner with Al Nabooda.
Joshua Tree’s victory was his sixth in 27 lifetime starts with six seconds, four thirds, and earnings of more than $3.5 million.
The 47-year-old al Nabooda, who lives in Dubai, is the managing director of the Khalifa Juma al Nabooda Companies in Dubai, which is composed of more than twenty businesses owned by the al Nabooda family. The parent company started as Dubai Printing Press in 1963 and has grown into a multi-faceted operation dealing with real estate, hospitality and food services management, construction, civil and marine engineering, hotels, education, printing, equipment trading, and facilities management and consultancy. Dubai Printing Press was honored with the Silver Award for Best Catalogue in 2012.
Al Nabooda first got involved in horseracing in 1990. In 1995, he turned his focus from Thoroughbreds to Arabians, and he currently owns more than 300 of them, who are trained by Eric Lamatinel and Gill Duffield, and two stud farms, Al Aweer and Al Bahayes. His number of Arabian horseracing winners increased from three in 2008 to 11 in 2011 and 12 in 2012.
Albahou, who is 52, has been involved in racing and breeding Arabians for more than thirty years under the name of “Mr. Khalid.” He has Arabians stables in Jordan, Holland, France and Belgium, and lives in Amman, Jordan.