This Championship Racehorse Was Stolen And Held Up For Ransom

A Star From The Very Beginning

Aga Khan hired a very well known trainer to work with Shergar. This trainer was Michael Stoute, and with his guidance, Shergar blossomed into an impressively fast runner. Shergar was a quick learner and his jockey, Walter Swinburn, couldn’t believe how quickly Shergar took to racing.

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“As a two-year-old, I sat on him,” Swinburn recalled. “He just gave you that special feel and after that little bit of work, the boss came walking up and I just said to him: ‘I think this is the one you’ve been waiting for.’”