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Tell us about Goldex who was actually not a very big horse, but you managed to win so many big classes together.
I first tried Goldex when he was 7 – years old and I loved him a lot, but I didn’t buy him at that time. Days passed and Billy Twomey, who is a very good rider and friend, bought him and then I bought him from Billy, and he went really well for me. We won the Grand Prix of Syria, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Saudi Arabia, Gothenburg, the big class in Ghantoot, he was double clear in the Nations Cup – he was amazing! Then, my friend Mohamed Talaat gave me an offer for him, and I sold him after the World Cup finals.
Goldex had a great personality, with a lot of charisma. You could just look at him from far and you know that he’s a top horse.
Can you tell us also about the horse you won the Asian Games with : Callahan?
He was a great horse, he won a lot of ranking classes and within 5 months time he won around 200,000 euros in prize money, and then I sold him to one of my great friends Ahmed Hamcho, who is like a brother to me. I really loved that horse and I wasn’t going to sell him to anyone, but if the horse is with Ahmed then it’s just like he’s with me. Although I wanted this horse to stay in my stable, retire and then pass away with me because we had a fantastic relationship together and we clicked very well. He won everything, Grand Prixs, ranking classes, six-bars – everything !
Last year before Gijon, Ahmed Hamcho gave him to me (and I had just gotten out of an operation in London) and we immiediately won 2 ranking classes and once third place with more than 90 starters. It doesn’t happen so often that a horse goes to a five-star show and wins 2 out of 3 ranking classes.