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THE WINTER NIGHT THEY TOOK SHERGAR - 2003-05-31

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Saturday, 2003, May 31
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SHERGAR was a wonder horse, loved by everyone but the bookmakers. Bred in Ireland by the Aga Khan, he won six of his eight races. Lester Piggott rode him to a four-length victory in the Irish Derby. The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes were notched up by the same margin. He won the 1981 Epsom Derby by a record 10 lengths.

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H.H. Prince Karim Aga Khan IV


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Hazar Imam leading Shergar after a win
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Can you imagine the enormity of the scandal if Black Caviar was stolen and was still missing 34 years later?

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Shergar, one the world’s most brilliant, adored and valuable racehorses, was soon to begin his second season as a stallion when a gang of gun-wielding kidnappers broke into Ballymany Stud and forced head groom James Fitzgerald to load the horse into a float.

Belfast Telegraph - THE WINTER NIGHT THEY TOOK SHERGAR - 2003-05-31

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www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk

The winter's night they took ShergarSHERGAR was a wonder horse, loved by everyone but the bookmakers. Bred in Ireland by the Aga Khan, he won six of his eight races. Lester Piggott rode him to a four-length victory in the Irish Derby. The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes were notched up by the same margin. He won the 1981 Epsom Derby by a record 10 lengths.

Voted European horse of the year in 1981, Shergar remains the last odds-on favourite to win the Epsom Derby.

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