The Aga Khan’s classic racehorse and sire, Darshaan, died suddenly after surgery at Gilltown Stud. The 20-year-old Shirley Heights horse covered his last mare at 8pm on the evening of Sunday, May 20th and was dead by lunchtime the following day.
Gilltown manager Pat Downes reported: "He went down with colic and when the vets opened him up, they saw it was very serious. In a way, it was good that he didn't come out of the anaesthetic and didn't suffer any more pain."
Sire of Classic winner Mark Of Esteem, Darshaan was mainly noted as a great sire of fillies including Aliysa, Kotashaan, Key Change, Hellenic and Cerulean Sky. This year, he is represented by Newmarket 1,000 Guineas winner Ameerat, Musidora Stakes winner Time Away and leading Epsom Derby hope Dilshaan.
Darshaan won the French Derby, the Prix du Jockey Club.