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Sire Nearco
Dam Mumtaz Begum
Grandsire Pharos
Damsire Blenheim II
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1940
Country Ireland
Color Bay
Breeder Aga Khan III
Owner Joseph McGrath
Trainer Frank Butters
Record 10: 5-1-2
Earnings $15,217
Nasrullah is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Mumtaz Begum by Nearco. He was born around 1940 in Ireland, and was bred by Aga Khan III.
Major wins
Coventry Stakes (1942)
Champion Stakes (1943)
United Kingdom Champion 2-Year-Old Colt (1942)
Leading sire in GB & Ireland (1951)
Leading sire in North America
(1955, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1962)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on October 2, 2006

Nasrullah (1940-1959) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse, and sire of 15 champions.

Bred by the Aga Khan III in Ireland, and owned by Joseph McGrath of Brownstown Stud in County Kildare, Ireland, Nasrullah was a good, but temperamental horse. Out of the 10 starts, he won 5 races; Great Bradley Stakes, Coventry Stakes, Chatteris Stakes, Caversham Stakes, Champion Stakes. Additionally, he finished second on the Middle Park Stakes, and third on the Wilburton Stakes and New Derby Stakes. Besides being temperamental, Nasrullah was also known for being lazy and sometimes unpredictable, and trainers had a hard job motivating the horse during morning works.

In 1950, Nasrullah was sent to stand at stud in the United States at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky. A three-quarters brother to the important sire Royal Charger, Nasrullah became one of the most important sires of the 20th century, leading the sire list five times. Among his sons are Bald Eagle, Jaipur, Red God, and U.S. Hall of Fame horses Bold Ruler, Noor and Nashua. Nasrullah is also a grandsire to Mill Reef, Secretariat and Ruffian. His influence continues to the present day, as another of his tail-male descendants is Invasor.

Nasrullah died on May 26th, 1959. He is buried at Claiborne Farm.


Pedigree of Nasrullah
dkb/br. 1935
b. 1920
b. 1913
Scapa Flow Chaucer
b. 1928
Havresac Rabelais
Hors Concours
Catnip Spearmint
Mumtaz Begum
gr. [1] 1932
Blenheim II
b. 1927
Blandford Swynford
Malva Charles Omalley
Wild Arum
Mumtaz Mahal
gr.[1] 1921
The Tetrarch Roi Herode
Lady Josephine Sundridge
Americus Girl


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Nasrullah - Dam and Grand Dam: Grey's". All Breed Pedigree. Referenced July 13, 2008.

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