Nedawi (foaled 9 April 1995), is a retired British Thoroughbred racehorse and active sire. In a career that lasted from June 1998 until July 1999, he ran seven times and won three races. He recorded his most important success by winning the Classic St. Leger Stakes as a three-year-old in 1998, the same year that he won the Gordon Stakes. In the following season he finished second in the Dubai Turf Classic and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes before being retired to stud.

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SireRainbow Quest
GrandsireBlushing Groom
DamsireNorthern Dancer
Foaled9 April 1995
CountryUnited Kingdom
BreederSheikh Mohammed
TrainerSaeed Bin Suroor
Record7: 3-2-1
Major wins
Gordon Stakes (1998)
St. Leger Stakes (1998)


Nedawi, was a "big, leggy"[1] chestnut horse with a white blaze bred by his owner Sheikh Mohammed. He was sired by the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Rainbow Quest out of Wajd, a mare who won the Grand Prix d'Evry and the Prix de Minerve. Wajd was a daughter of the double King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Dahlia. Nedawi was sent into training with Saeed Bin Suroor, spending his winters in Dubai and the summers in England.

Racing careerEdit

1998: three-year-old seasonEdit

Unraced as a two-year-old, Nedawi made his first racecourse appearance in a twelve furlong maiden race at Goodwood on 5 June 1998. Starting at odds of 5/2 and ridden by Frankie Dettori he took the lead three furlongs from the finish and drew clear to win by six lengths from the odds-on favourite Tuning.[2] A month later, Nedawi started favourite for a Listed race at Haydock but finished third behind Rabah and Courteous. Three weeks later, Nedawi returned to Glorious Goodwood and was moved up in class to contest the Group Three Gordon Stakes, an important trial race for the St Leger. He led inside the final furlong and stayed on "gamely" to force a dead-heat with Rabah.[3]

On 12 September, Nedawi started 5/2 favourite for the St Leger at Doncaster, where he was ridden by John Reid, as Dettori was riding Swain in the Irish Champion Stakes on the same afternoon.. He tracked the leaders in the early stages before moving forward to challenge in the straight. Nedawi proved a difficult ride for Reid, swerving to the right and then hanging to the left before catching the filly High and Low, ridden by Jimmy Fortune, inside the final furlong and winning by half a length.[4] Reid, who had recently been told that he was to be replaced by Fortune as the leading jockey for Robert Sangster mimicked Dettori's flying dismount and said that the victory had given him great satisfaction, while admitting that the race may not have been as strong as usual.[5]

1999: four-year-old seasonEdit

In the winter of 1998-9, Nedawi was sent to the Godolphin training base in Dubai. He made his first appearance as a four-year-old in the Dubai Turf Classic at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse on 28 March. Ridden by Dettori he took the lead in the straight but was caught in the last strides and beaten a neck by the Mark Johnston-trained Fruits of Love.[6]

Nedawi was returned to Godolphin's European base at Newmarket and sent to Royal Ascot for the Gold Cup in June. He started favourite at odds of 7/2 in a field which included such notable stayers as Kayf Tara, Celeric and Persian Punch, but finished fifth, ​6 12 lengths behind the winner Enzeli.[7] A month after his defeat in the Gold Cup, Nedawi returned to Ascot for Britain's most prestigious all-aged race, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. While there was some speculation that he would be used as a pacemaker for his stable companion Daylami, the Godolphin team insisted that he would run on his own merits.[8] Ridden by Gary Stevens, he took the lead just after half way in the mile and half contest and "shook off"[9] the challenge of the 1999 Epsom Derby winner Oath before being headed by Daylami in the straight. He stayed on to finish second, five lengths behind Daylami and ahead of Fruits of Love, Silver Patriarch, Indigenous and Oath.[10] After the race he was found to have sustained an ankle injury. Nedawi's final race was at Newbury in the Geoffrey Freer Stakes where he finished third. He was entered in the Melbourne Cup for which he was made joint top weight,[11] but did not meet the engagement and was retired.

Stud careerEdit

At the end of his racing career, Nedawi was sent to stand as a stallion in Brazil.[12] His most notable offspring was Mr Nedawi, who won Grade I races in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay.[13][14]


Pedigree of Nedawi (GB), chestnut stallion, 1995[15]
Rainbow Quest (USA)
Blushing Groom
Red God Nasrullah
Spring Run
Runaway Bride Wild Risk
I Will Follow
Herbager Vandale
Where You Lead Raise A Native
Wajd (USA)
Northern Dancer
Nearctic Nearco
Lady Angela
Natalma Native Dancer
Vaguely Noble Vienna
Noble Lassie
Charming Alibi Honey's Alibi
Adorada (Family:13-c)[16]


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  2. ^ "Weald and Downland Museum Maiden Stakes". Racing Post. 5 June 1998. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Gordon Stakes". Racing Post. 28 July 1998. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  4. ^ "St Leger". Racing Post. 12 September 1998. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Nedawi hits the big time". Racing Post. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Dubai Turf Classic". Racing Post. 28 March 1999. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Ascot Gold Cup". Racing Post. 17 June 1999. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  8. ^ "Nedawi gets go-ahead for King George; Stevens rides Godolphin colt in Ascot feature". Racing Post. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  9. ^ "It's Daylami's day". Irish Independent. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  10. ^ "King George VI and ueen Elizabeth Stakes". Racing Post. 24 July 1999. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  11. ^ "Godolphin ready to hit win target". Irish Independent. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  12. ^ "Horse - Godolphin". Timeform. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  13. ^ "Mr Nedawi Horse Pedigree". Pedigree query. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  14. ^ Michael Burns (20 November 2011). "ARGENTINA South American star Mr Nedawi shines again". Racing Post. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  15. ^ "Nedawi pedigree". Equineline. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  16. ^ "Stray Shot - Family 13-c". Bloodlines. Retrieved 11 May 2012.