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

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

Dual Derby hero Shahrastani dead at 28

SHAHRASTANI, the horse who claimed a famous Derby victory over Dancing Brave in 1986, has died at stud at the age of 28.

He was put down at Walton Fields Stud in Grimston, Leicestershire because of deteriorating health, having retiredfrom stallion duties a year earlier.

Bred and owned by the Aga Khan and trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Shahrastani won the Sandown Classic Trial and Dante Stakes before winning at Epsom under Walter Swinburn, where he held off the fast finishing Dancing Brave by a neck.

He then went to the Curragh where he added the Irish Derby in emphatic style, clinching his fourth success in a row by a resounding eight lengths. After finishing fourth in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and fourth in a star studded Arc, made memorable by the winning performance of old foe Dancing Brave, he was retired to stud.

He stood in the USA, Japan, France and Ireland before spending his last ten years in England with limited success, his best offspring being Dariyoun, winner of a Group 1 race in Spain.

Stud owner Wayne Hutchinson said: "He was starting to go down in health so it was felt prior to Christmas it had to be dealt with so he had no suffering. It's a sad thing but he had a very good innings and spent a good ten years with us. He probably didn't get the recognition he deserved as a stallion but when he was exported to Japan he went off the breeders' radar. He passed away peacefully."

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