Dual Derby winner Kahyasi has been euthanized. The 23-year-old son of Ile de Bourbon was suffering from tumors, according to European Bloodstock News.
A homebred for the H.H. Aga Khan, Kahyasi scored classic wins in 1988 in the Ever Ready Epsom Derby (Eng-I) and Budweiser Irish Derby (Ire-I) and was an Irish champion that year. Kahyasi also won the Calor Derby Trial Stakes (Eng-III) and was group II-placed in France. In his final race, he ran a close sixth in the Ciga Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I).
Kahyasi retired with five wins from seven races at 2 and 3 and earnings of $1,207,908. He stood at Gilltown Stud in Ireland and Haras de Bonneval in France, both part of the Aga Khan’s Thoroughbred network.
Kahyasi sired 52 stakes winners, including several champions and two winners of the filly classic Prix de Diane Hermes (Fr-I), Vereva and Zainta. A son, Hirapour, earned a 2004 Eclipse Award as top steeplechaser.
But it was as the sire of Hasili that Kahyasi gained his greatest siring feat. Hasili produced champions Banks Hill, Dansili, and Intercontinental, plus grade I winners Cacique and Heat Haze.
Bred in Ireland, Kahyasi was produced from the Blushing Groom mare Kadissya.