Following Postponed’s victory in the Juddmonte International at York yesterday, owner Sheikh Mohammed Obaid told the waiting media that he expects his trainers to obey his wishes. In his most explicit explanation to date, Sheikh Obaid shocked the racing world last year when he moved 35 of his horse from Luca Cumani and sent them to Roger Varian. “When I tell a trainer something he has to listen to me, not do his own thing, I am military. If I give somebody an order, he has to take my order. I’m not going to listen to a trainer to give me an order what to do – this is my final thing. I asked one thing – to get Postponed ready before the race – and he [Cumani] said ‘I can’t’. He told me after running Postponed three times he’s not ready, and that’s a problem. He has to run him to get him ready. When I went to Simon [Crisford] I told him the same – if I tell you to run in this race you have to run, and I won’t take any excuses later.”
Postponed fail to win any of his first three starts for Cumani, but did win the King George on his fourth start before adding the Prix Foy before the shock change of yards. Cumani isn’t the only person to have fallen out with Sheikh over the years, as his dispensed of the services of six times champion jockey Kieren Fallon. Then last summer Obaid removed Adam Kirby as the jockey for Postponed as he said the rider enjoyed no luck on the horse.