Shergar was one of the most famous and successful racehorses of his time. He was foaled in Co Kildare, Ireland on March 3rd 1978. He was owned by Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, the spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims. Shergar was kidnapped from his stable on The Curragh in 1983, never to be seen again.
Shergar was a big horse with a white blaze and four white ‘socks’. During a short racing career his major wins included the Guardian Classic Trial (1981), the Chester Vase (1981), the Epsom Derby (1981), the Irish Derby (1981) and the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1981). His win in the Epsom Derby was by a record 10 lengths. Shergar was named European Horse of the year in 1981. In October 1981 he was retired to the Ballymany Stud, near The Curragh in County Kildare.
In February 1983 just over a year after his retirement from racing, Shergar was kidnapped by a gang of armed men believed to members of the terrorist group, the IRA. A ransom demand of £2 million was reported to have been made for the safe return of the horse. The kidnapping caused huge media attention. A widespread search was carried out by police across Ireland but no trace of Shergar was ever found. It is believed that he was killed by his captors a few days after he was stolen from Ballymany Stud.
During his brief racing career Shergar won £436,000 for his owner. The Shergar, Cup which was inaugurated in his honour at Goodwood Racecourse in 1999, has been held at Ascot since 2000. In 1999 the kidnapping of Shergar was made into a Hollywood film starring Mickey Rourke.
Shergar was kidnapped from Ballymany Stud in the year 1983 On This Day.
Shergar and Walter Swinburn – by Roy Miller (1981) by TheKenJones on 2012-10-29 16:31:47