Even if you’ve stumbled across this page by accident or as a newcomer to horseracing, it’s an odds-on chance you’ve heard of Shergar.
Of course he’ll go down in history as the Thoroughbred stolen by thieves who demanded a £2million ransom, then disappeared forever. But his achievements on the track were just as remarkable.
Born in March 1978 in Ireland and owned by The Aga Khan, Shergar was sent to Britain to be trained by Sir Michael Stoute. As a two-year-old he ran only twice, winning once and finishing second.
However, it was as a three-year-old that his true ability was discovered, winning five of his six races, including the Derby by a record-breaking 10 lengths.
After winning the Epsom Downs Classic the Aga Khan sold 40 shares in the horse, valuing him at £10 million, and kept six for himself to create an owners’ syndicate with the other 34 members.
Two years later, in 1983, Shergar was stolen from the Aga Khan’s stud farm by an armed gang. Demands for a ransom were not paid and the legend of the turf was never found.