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Alamshar - Ascot 26 July 2003

Alamshar: King George hero is the best performer sired by Key Of Luck

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Death of Alamshar's
sire Key Of Luck

KEY OF Luck, sire of the Aga Khan's Irish Derby and King George winner Alamshar, has died of a heart attack at Tara Stud aged 21.

Alamshar, who later alternated at stud between Japan and the Irish National Stud, was the best performer sired by Key Of Luck during his 15 seasons at Tara Stud. However, the son of Chief's Crown also sired a champion sprinter in My Emma as well as Group 3 winner Right Key. He is the sire of 11 stakes winners in all.

He stood the past season for €4,000.

Key Of Luck was a high-class performer on the track, winning three races and nearly £450,000 in prize-money. He broke the course record when successful for Francois Boutin in the Prix d'Arenberg at Chantilly as a two-year-ol and also set a track record at Nad Al Sheba when the 20-length winner of the Dubai Duty Free for Kiaran McLaughlin as a five-year-old. He returned to Nad Al Sheba the following year to run fourth in the Dubai World Cup to Singspiel.

Bred by Gainsborough Farm, Key Of Luck was out of the Prix Robert Papin heroine Balbonella and thus a three-parts brother to top sprinter and sire Anabaa. He was also a half-brother to the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches winner Always Loyal.





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