Flintshire represents several generations of Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms international powerhouse. Although the operation has purchased horses at public auctions in recent years, the farm has traditionally relied on their own products to continue the bloodlines that have made headlines around the world for decades.
Flintshire returns to the Breeders’ Cup two years after his near victory in the 2014 Turf when he was beaten just a half-length as the second choice. The globetrotter won the Sword Dancer Stakes (G1) for the second consecutive time at Saratoga Race Course August 27. The triumph was his third straight following scores in the Bowling Green Stakes (G2) at Saratoga and Manhattan Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park.
Flintshire tasted defeat for the first time this year in Belmont Park’s Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) October 1, over a soft course he disliked, finishing five lengths behind Ectot.
In his career, Flintshire has also scored Grade 1 victories in Hong Kong and France. His record includes a second in the Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) in the United Arab Emirates.
“(Prince Khalid) takes such pleasure from the long haul of development of not just a program, but every single horse in the program,” Juddmonte manager Garrett O’Rourke said in a September 2 article in Thoroughbred Daily News. “He’s keenly involved in the selection process of matings and the allocations of horses to the trainers. A lot of work is put in and the payoff is well-earned.”
Flintshire is named for the scenic county in northern Wales on England’s border. The name is pronounced the English way, with “shire” sounding more like “sure.”
His sire Dansili (GB) was third in the 2000 Breeders’ Cup Mile.