English Stallion Shahrastani Pensioned

Son of Nijinsky II beat Dancing Brave in the Derby Stakes.

Shahrastani, who won the 1986 Ever Ready Epsom Derby (Eng-I) and the Budweiser Irish Derby (Ire-I), has been pensioned from stallion duty at Walton Fields Stud near Leicestershire, England, according to the Racing Post. The Kentucky-bred son of Nijinsky II out of the Thatch mare Shademah is 28.

“He covered a couple of mares early last year and a problem arose, so ww stopped with him in the hope that it would sort itself out and he could cover this year,” stud manager Wayne Hutchinson told the Racing Post. “It didn’t, so we decided to retire him. He's in good form, still his normal self and as fit as a fiddle. It's not his fertility, it’s a medical problem that would cause discomfort when covering. We're waiting for his last foal to be born, from one of our mares.”

Racing as a homebred for the Aga Khan, Shahrastani emulated his sire when winning the English and Irish Derbys. He defeated the great Dancing Brave in the Derby Stakes at Epsom Downs and then took the Irish Derby three weeks later.

Shahrastani, who retired from racing with four wins from seven starts and earnings of $629,296, stood his first several seasons at stud at Robert N. Clay’s Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky., before heading to Ireland for stallion duty. He also stood in Japan before ending up at Walton Fields.

Shahrastani  has sired 16 stakes winners, including North American graded winners Kazabaiyn and Marastani. His stakes winners as a maternal grandsire include Irish champions Alamshar, Caradak, and Tarakala, plus California grade II winner Memorette.