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Saturday, 20 July, 2002, 16:35 GMT 17:35 UK
Nashwan dies at stud
Nashwan wins the 1989 Derby at Epsom
Nashwan wins the 1989 Derby at Epsom
Former Epsom Derby winner Nashwan has died at the age of 16 at Shadwell Stud.

The Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned colt was put down after suffering complications from what had been expected to be a minor operation on his right hind leg.

Nashwan won the 2,000 Guineas on his seasonal debut in 1989 and followed up with the Derby, Eclipse and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes in a memorable season.

He is the only horse ever to achieve this quartet of victories.


He had an incredible panther-like action and he was very, very impressive to watch on the move
Marcus Tregoning

The intention had been to aim him at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe but he never raced again after disappointingly finishing third in a prep race.

Nashwan also proved a success at stud and his offspring includes dual King George winner Swain, and Juddmonte International winner One So Wonderful.

The loss of Nashwan is another severe blow for Shadwell Stud, who earlier this year lost his half-brother Unfuwain.

Nashwan, who was ridden in all his seven starts by Willie Carson, was trained by Major Dick Hern, who died earlier this year.

Hern's former assistant Marcus Tregoning, who now holds a trainer's licence of his own, paid tribute to the colt.

"It's a sad day for us and everybody else connected with him.

"He was a great horse and out of one of the broodmares (Height of Fashion) of the century.

"She was fantastic and produced so many good ones - but she's dead, Nashwan's dead and Unfuwain's dead.

"So Nayef's the last of the line unfortunately.

'Phenomenal' achievement

"I spoke to Willie Carson about it this morning and he said, 'We've lost a lot of old friends,' and it's true.

"Winning the Guineas first time having not had a race and winning the Derby, the Eclipse and the King George - that's some record and probably won't be bettered. It was phenomenal.

"He had a liking for fast going conditions, had an incredible panther-like action and he was very, very impressive to watch on the move."


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