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Sire Shirley Heights
Dam Delsy
Grandsire Mill Reef
Damsire Abdos
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1981
Country Great Britain
Color Bay
Breeder HH Aga Khan IV
Owner HH Aga Khan IV
Trainer Alain de Royer-Dupré
Record 8: 5-0-1
Earnings 281.573
Darshaan is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Delsy by Shirley Heights. He was born around 1981 in Great Britain, and was bred by HH Aga Khan IV.
Major wins

Critérium de Saint-Cloud (1983)
Prix Hocquart (1984)
Prix Greffulhe (1984)

French Classic Race wins:
Prix du Jockey Club (1984)
French Champion Three-Year-Old (1984)
European Champion Three-Year-Old Stayer (1984)
Leading broodmare sire in Britain & Ireland (2002)
Leading sire in France (2003)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Darshaan (April 18, 1981 - May 21, 2001) was an French Thoroughbred racehorse and a Champion sire and broodmare sire. Bred and raced by the Aga Khan IV, he was out of the French mare, Delsy, a daughter of the 1961 Grand Critérium winner, Abdos. His sire was the British stallion, Shirley Heights, winner of the 1978 Epsom Derby and the last Epsom Derby winner to be both the son of a previous winner, Mill Reef (1971), and the sire of a subsequent winner, Slip Anchor (1985).

Trained by Alain de Royer-Dupré, Darshaan was ridden by Yves Saint-Martin in all his races. As a two-year-old in 1983 he won the Group 1 Critérium de Saint-Cloud, setting a race record time of 2:47.40 for 2,000 metres that still stands going into to 2010. At age three, Darshaan earned 1984 French Champion Three-Year-Old and European Champion Three-Year-Old Stayer honors [1] following victories in the 1984 Prix Hocquart, Prix Greffulhe, and the French Classic, the Prix du Jockey Club.

A Champion sire

Darshann was an outstanding sire who stood at stud at the Aga Khan's Gilltown Stud farm, in County Kildare, Ireland. The leading sire in France in 2003, among his progeny were:

A Champion broodmare sire

Darshaam daughters made him the leading broodmare sire in Great Britain & Ireland in 2002. He was the damsire of Group 1 winners:

  • Zainta (b. 1995), winner of the French Classic, Prix de Diane (1998);

At age twenty, Darshaan was humanely euthanized following problems stemming from a ruptured duodenum.

Pedigree of Darshaan
Shirley Heights
Mill Reef Never Bend Nasrullah
Milan Mull Princequillo
Virginia Water
Hardiemma Hardicanute Hard Ridden
Harvest Maid
Grand Cross Grandmaster
Blue Cross
Abdos Arbar Djebel
Pretty Lady Umidwar
La Moqueuse
Kelty Venture Relic
Rose O'Lynn
Marilla Marsyas



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