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Steve Cauthen remembers great days in Sheikh Mohammed silks

Sheikh Mohammed

News that Sheikh Mohammed is to revive his famous maroon and white colours in Britain has rekindled memories of the top-class horses who carried to them to many a victory.

Steve Cauthen donned the silks to countless great triumphs, including the fillies' Triple Crown - the 1000 Guineas, Oaks and St Leger - in 1985 on Oh So Sharp, and the Irish and French Derby on Old Vic in 1989. Both champions were trained by the late Sir Henry Cecil.

Now back in his native America, Kentucky-based Cauthen was delighted to hear the colours with which he will forever be linked are to return to the racecourse.

"They were great days and I enjoyed wearing those colours. They were great colours," said the American, who was champion jockey in the UK three times in the 1980s.

"Obviously a highlight would be Oh So Sharp winning the fillies' Triple Crown, Old Vic winning the French and Irish Derby, and also Indian Skimmer. She was a great filly who won the French Oaks.

"I rode such a lot of good horses in those colours."

Other stars of yesteryear that shone for Sheikh Mohammed include Pebbles, Singspiel, Swain, Barathea, Diminuendo and Opera House.

The colours continued to be used overseas, but have not been seen in Britain in recent times as Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation its recognisable blue colours has come to the fore.

Now, in addition, the old familiar colours are reportedly set to come back in a partnership with his daughter, Sheikha Al Jalila, through a string of horses in training at Newmarket with John Gosden.

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