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Shahrastani (right) holds off hot favourite Dancing Brave to win the 1986 Derby

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham 

Dual Derby hero Shahrastani dead at 28

SHAHRASTANI, famed for beating Dancing Brave in the 1986 Epsom Derby, was put down on Tuesday as age began to take its toll. He was 28 years old.

The son of Nijinsky had been enjoying his retirement at Walton Fields Stud in Leicestershire, his home since his transfer from Ireland in 2002.

Shahrastani headed into the 1986 Derby having won the Dante Stakes and Classic Trial, and held off a fast-finishing Dancing Brave at Epsom to record a half-length victory under Walter Swinburn for the Aga Khan and Sir Michael Stoute.

He went on to secure an impressive eight-length victory in the Irish Derbybefore finishing a well beaten fourth behind Dancing Brave in the King George VI Stakes. He ended his career by running an honourable fourth in the Arc.

At the end of his three-year-old campaign, the horse was syndicated to stand at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky. However, by 1992, he was back in Europe at Ballymany Stud and was sold three years later to stand in Japan.

After his stint in the Far East he returned to Clashmore Stud in Ireland as a dual-purpose sirebefore moving across the Irish Sea to stand at Walton Fields.

In all, he is the sire of 13 black-type winners including Spanish Group 1 winner Dariyoun and French Group 2 winner Rifapour as well as high-class juvenile hurdler Zabadi.

He is also the broodmare sire of Irish Derby and King George hero Alamshar and Prix de la Foret winner Caradak.

Bred in the Kentucky by the Aga Khan, Shahrastani was out of the triple-winning Thatch mare Shademah, also the granddam of Group 3 winner Crimson Tide.




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