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Sire Nijinsky
Dam Shademah
Grandsire Northern Dancer
Damsire Thatch
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1983
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder HH Aga Khan IV
Owner HH Aga Khan IV
Trainer Michael Stoute
Record 7: 4-1-0
Earnings US$987,692 (equivaklent)
Shahrastani is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Shademah by Nijinsky. He was born around 1983 in the United States, and was bred by HH Aga Khan IV.
Major wins

Sandown Classic Trial (1986)
Dante Stakes (1986)
Irish Derby (1986)

British Classic Race wins:
Epsom Derby (1986)
Timeform rating: 135
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on May 13, 2007

Shahrastani (foaled 1983 in Kentucky) is a European Thoroughbred racehorse. Owned and bred by HH Aga Khan IV, he was sired by Nijinsky and out of the mare Shademah.

Trained at Newmarket by Michael Stoute, and ridden by Walter Swinburn, in 1986 Shahrastani won April's Sandown Classic Trial and May's Dante Stakes. He then won June's Epsom Derby by a neck over a field that included Dancing Brave.[1] Sent to the Curragh Racecourse in Ireland, Shahrastani won his fourth straight race in capturing the Irish Derby by eight lengths.

After his win in the Irish Derby, Shahrastani was never the same. In July, the colt finished fourth in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot and fourth in October's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.

At the end of the 1986 racing season, Shahrastani was retired to stud. He has stood with limited success at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky as well as at Clashmore Stud in Ireland and breeding farms in France and Japan. He currently stands at Walton Fields Stud, Grimston, Leicestershire. He is the damsire of Alamshar, whose victories include the 2003 Irish Derby and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes.



  1. Dancing Brave lost the Epsom Derby by a neck
Pedigree of Shahrastani
Nijinsky II
Northern Dancer Nearctic Nearco
Lady Angela
Natalma Native Dancer
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