PRINCESS ZAHRA AGA KHAN'S SPEECH TO THE ASIAN RACING CONFERENCE

Princess Zahra Aga Khan gave the opening address at the Opening Ceremony of the 36th Asian Racing Conference at the National Sports Club of India in Mumbai on 26 January 2016.
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AGA KHAN STUDS HISTORY

The history of the racing and breeding activities of the Aga Khan family can be traced back to the 19th century. His Highness the Aga Khan took over the operation from his father in 1960 and he has since expanded the tradition.
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50 YEARS OF RACING & BREEDING

This generously illustrated volume highlights fifty years of the horse racing and breeding activities of His Highness the Aga Khan, from 1960 to the present day.
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TIMELINE

  • 1904
    The Late Aga Khan III
    The late Aga Khan introduced to English Racing by Lord Wavertree
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  • 1921
    Early Purchases
    First yearlings purchased on behalf of the late Aga Khan including Teresina and Cos
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  • 1922
    Mumtaz Mahal
    Mumtaz Mahal, the legendary Aga Khan foundation mare, is purchased at auction
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  • 1924
    First Owner's Title
    The Late Aga Khan wins his first English owner's championships and scores first classic victories with Diophon (2,000 Gns) and Salmon Trout (St Leger)
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  • 1930
    Champion Stakes
    Rustom Pasha wins the late Aga Khan's first Champion Stakes for the late Aga Khan. The family has now won this race 10 times.
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  • First Epsom Derby
    Blenheim is the first of 5 winners of the Epsom Derby for the late Aga Khan
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  • 1935
    Triple Crown
    Bahram becomes the only horse between the two World Wars to win the English Triple Crown
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  • 1936
    Mahmoud
    Mahmoud wins the Derby in the fastest handheld timing ever recorded
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  • 1941
    Blenheim
    Blenheim becomes Champion Sire in the USA
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  • 1946
    Mahmoud
    Mahmoud is Champion Sire in the USA
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  • 1952
    Tulyar
    Tulyar is Champion racehorse of 1952 and wins the Epsom Derby, King George, Eclipse Stakes and St Leger
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  • 1957
    Prince Aly Khan
    Prince Aly Khan takes over the bloodstock activity after the death of his father, the late Aga Khan
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  • 1959
    Petite Etoile
    Petite Etoile is the Champion racehorse of 1959 winning the 1,000 Gns, Oaks, Sussex Stakes, Yorkshire Oaks and Champion Stakes
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  • 1960
    The Aga Khan
    The Aga Khan takes over the bloodstock operation upon the death of his father, Prince Aly Khan. The Aga Khan wins the French owners' championship during his first year as an owner with 47 victories.
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  • 1964
    New Partnership
    François Mathet starts to train the Aga Khan horses
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  • 1968
    Zeddaan
    Zeddaan is the first Classic winner for the new partnership, taking the Poule d'Essai des Poulains on his first run of the year
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  • 1976
    Blushing Groom
    Blushing Groom wins four Group 1 races as a juvenile and takes the Poule d'Essai des Poulains the following year
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  • 1977
    Dupré Bloodstock
    The Aga Khan purchases the Dupré bloodstock
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  • 1978
    Boussac Bloodstock
    The Aga Khan purchases the Boussac bloodstock
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  • 1981
    Shergar
    Shergar is the present Aga Khan's first Epsom Derby winner, scoring by a record 10 lengths. He also wins the Irish Derby and King George.
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  • 1982
    Akiyda
    Akiyda wins the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, a rare feat for a three year old filly
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  • 1984
    Darshaan's Jockey CLub
    Darshaan wins the Prix du Jockey Club beating Sadler's Wells (2nd) and Rainbow Quest (3rd). Lashkari takes the inaugural Breeders' Cup Turf.
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  • 1986
    Shahrastani
    Shahrastani wins the Epsom and Irish Derbys
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  • 1987
    Natroun
    Natroun wins the third Prix du Jockey-Club in four years
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  • 1988
    Kahyasi
    Kahyasi becomes the Aga Khan's third winner of both the Epsom and Irish Derbys
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  • 1993
    Shemaka
    Shemaka wins the Aga Khan's First Prix de Diane
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  • 1996
    His Highness the Aga Khan
    The Aga Khan wins the French owners championships
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  • 1997
    Jubilee Year: Daylami emerges
    The Aga Khan family celebrate 75 years of racing and breeding with four classic wins: Daylami (Poule d'Essai des Poulains), Ebadiyla (Irish Oaks & Prix Royal-Oak) and Vereva (Prix de Diane)
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  • 1999
    Daryaba
    Daryaba completes a hat-trick of Prix de Diane wins and the Aga Khan is voted “owner of the century” by Paris-Turf readers
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  • 2000
    Sinndar
    Sinndar completes a unique treble winning Epsom, Irish Derbys and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe ; Kalanisi takes the Champion Stakes & Breeders' Cup Turf. The Aga Khan wins the English owner's championships.
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  • 2003
    Dalakhani
    Dalakhani wins the Prix Lupin, Prix du Jockey Club and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and becomes Cartier "Horse Of The Year"
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  • 2004
    Azamour
    Azamour wins the St James’s Palace Stakes & Irish Champion Stakes
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  • 2005
    Lagardère Purchase
    The entire Lagardère stock is purchased including Champion French sire, Linamix
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  • 2007
    Darjina
    Darjina completes a hat-trick of Group 1s and is the highest rated turf female in the world
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  • 2008
    Zarkava
    The unbeaten Zarkava wins the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches, Prix de Diane, Prix Vermeille, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and becomes Cartier "Horse Of The Year"
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  • 2009
    The Arc Week-end
    The Aga Khan enjoys spectacular success when winning seven Group races during the Arc weekend, including five Group 1s, headed by Siyouni’s victory in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère
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  • 2010
    Sea The Stars
    The Champion Sea The Stars, undefeated winner of 6 Group 1s out of a top class family joins the Aga Khan stallion roster at Gilltown Stud
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  • Sarafina
    After having won the Gr.1 Prix Saint-Alary, the impressive Sarafina completes a historic double for the Aga Khan when winning the Prix de Diane with Rosanara finishing second
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  • 2012
    Valyra
    Azamour's daughter Valyra takes a record seventh victory in the Prix de Diane for the Aga Khan silks
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  • 2013
    Redoute's Choice
    The Aga Khan Studs welcome Australia’s Champion sire Redoute’s Choice. The record breaking-sire shuttles for the first time and stands at Haras de Bonneval for the 2013 Northern Hemisphere season.
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  • 2014
    Classic first crop
    Gilltown’s stallion Sea The Stars enjoys remarkable success with his first crop of three-year-olds, which includes Champion Taghrooda plus two further Group I winners
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  • 2015
    New partnerships
    Born To Sea joins his half-brother Sea The Stars and Dalakhani at Gilltown Stud, while a new partnership is created with Qatar Bloodstock which sees Makfi join the Haras de Bonneval
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  • A Classic start for Siyouni
    Young sire Siyouni becomes the leading second season sire of his generation, thanks notably to the classy filly Ervedya.
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