Osborne has vast experience of sheikh's worldwide operation
Joe Osborne, who has been appointed interim chief executive of Godolphin's global operation after the resignation on Tuesday of John Ferguson, has long been part of Sheikh Mohammed's worldwide racing and breeding operation.
The 54-year-old, who has been Godolphin's managing director in Ireland, is also MD of Kildangan Stud, the headquarters of Darley's Irish operation, and has been in Sheikh Mohammed's team for 23 years.
The Osborne family has had a long association with Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock empire. Joe Osborne's father Michael, who died in 2005, held many roles in Irish racing and breeding – including being manager of the Irish National Stud and serving as senior steward of the Turf Club – and he set up Kildangan Stud as an Irish breeding base for Sheikh Mohammed, who purchased the County Kildare stud in 1986.
His involvement with Sheikh Mohammed spanned almost 20 years and included being in at the beginning of the Dubai World Cup concept. He has often been described as the architect of that major international event.
Osborne is a director of Darley Flying Start, the management training programme launched in 2003, and he has also served as chairman of the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association.
His brother John was chief executive of the Irish National Stud for seven years before moving to Horse Racing Ireland to become chief executive of HRI's racecourse division this year.
Sister Meta, a veterinary surgeon, is senior steward of the Irish Turf Club, becoming the first female to hold that position.