John Ferguson, Bloodstock Adviser to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, said: "They have both been remarkable racehorses over the years. Both are eight-year-olds, they have both run on Dubai World Cup night each of the past four years. They have both won the biggest prize in world racing.
"They retire having given the Maktoum family many days of great pride and enjoyment. Sheikh Mohammed felt it was the right thing to retire them from the racetrack but not to abruptly end their involvement in day-to-day activity in the stable, which they enjoy immensely.
"I am not sure of the logistics as yet, but they will be in one of the Godolphin stables and in all probability will be ridden every day in the immediate future.”
African Story and Prince Bishop both started their racing days with champion French trainer Andre Fabre and joined Godolphin, plus they each won more than £4.5million in their racing careers across European and the Middle Eastern.
Saeed bin Suroor – who rained both African Story and Prince Bishop for their respective Dubai World Cup victories - had a final word.
He said: "They were very tough and reliable racehorses. Both geldings, they could adapt quickly to their environment no matter where in the world they were taken to race.
"The fact that they could each compete in top races on Dubai World Cup night four years on the trot says a lot for their class and durability."