Jump to: navigation, search


Sire Nearco
Dam Rosy Legend
Grandsire Pharos
Damsire Dark Legend
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1944
Country Great Britain
Color Bay
Owner HH Maharaja of Baroda
Trainer Sam Armstrong
Record 16: 6-6-2
Earnings US$55,594 (equivalent)
Sayajirao is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Rosy Legend by Nearco. He was born around 1944 in Great Britain.
Major wins

Lingfield Derby Trial (1947)
Irish Derby Stakes (1947)
Hardwicke Stakes (1948)

British Classic Race wins:
St. Leger Stakes (1947)
Sayajirao locomotive #60530
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Sayajirao (1944-1965) was an British Thoroughbred racehorse. A full brother to 1945 Epsom Derby winner, Dante, he was out of the mare Rosy Legend and sired by the great Nearco who is described by Thoroughbred Heritage as "one of the greatest racehorses of the Twentieth Century" and "one of the most important sires of the century." [1] Nearco was not only unbeaten in racing, but also the patriarch of the most dominant sire line in Thoroughbred history.

Sayajirao was purchased as a yearling by HH Maharaja of Baroda for what at the time was the very substantial sum of 28,000 guineas, the then equivalent of US$117,600. [2]

Racing at age three, Sayajirao won the Lingfield Derby Trial and the Irish Derby Stakes. [3] He ran third in both the Epsom Derby and the 2,000 Guineas Stakes then won the third leg of the English Triple Crown, the St. Leger Stakes at Doncaster Racecourse. [4]

As a sire

Retired to stud in 1949, Sayajirao sired the winners of 410 races. His daughters foaled the winners of 261 races. Among those he sired were:

  • Zenobia (b.1957) - won the Irish 1,000 Guineas



Premier Equine Classifieds


Subscribe to our newsletter and keep abreast of the latest news, articles and information delivered directly to your inbox.

Did You Know?

Modern horse breeds developed in response to a need for "form to function", the necessity to develop certain physical characteristics in order to perform a certain type of work... More...

The Gypsy Cob was originally bred to be a wagon horse and pulled wagons or caravans known as Vardos; a type of covered wagon that people lived in... More...

Archaeological evidence indicates that the Arabian horse bloodline dates back 4,500 years. Throughout history, Arabian horses spread around the world by both war and trade.... More...

That the term "Sporthorse" is a term used to describe a type of horse rather than any particular breed... More...