This Championship Racehorse Was Stolen And Held Up For Ransom

A Man Of Influence

Shergar’s owner wasn’t an ordinary breeder. Shergar belonged to Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, Aga Khan IV, and Imam of Nizari Ismailism. Aga Khan didn’t want a breeding stud— he wanted a racehorse.

GettyImages-819704380 His Highness Shah Karim al-Hussaini, Prince Aga Khansmiles while leaving NOVA University of Lisbon, at the end of the ceremony in which Prince Aga Khan was awarded with the Honoris Causa Doctorate
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Shergar was a thoroughbred of impressive breeding. He had the potential to do really well as a racehorse. At the request of Aga Khan, Shergar was brought to England to begin his training. Aga Khan was determined to see his horse succeed.