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Kidnapped Irish Race Horse Shergar - does anyone know about this?

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  • #21
    How sad!
    “Pray, hope, and don't worry.”

    St. Padre Pio

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    • #22
      Copy and paste of post from the Racing forum...

      He was kidnapped for ransom. That was one of the ways the IRA financed themselves, besides robbing banks/post offices and getting donations from gullible 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation Irish-American donors.

      It is generally thought that his body was disposed off in a bog in the wilds of Leitrim. As others mentioned he was injured either in transit or not long after reaching his destination and the level of veterinary care he required wasn't something that could be provided in hiding. The whole thing apparently went arse ways because the IRA cell that was sent to do the job was from West Belfast and probably wouldn't have known a horse if it kicked them between the eyes, much less how to handle a TB stallion. They were more used for kidnapping people. This apparently caused some mild rumblings within the ranks of the IRA itself, that southern 'volunteers' with a more horsey/farming background weren't sent to do the job (though that was probably not so much out of the horse's welfare, but moreso because of an opportunity lost).
      That the IRA never publicly admitted to the kidnapping was a factor of the outcry among the general public in Ireland (though everyone knew who did it) and the PR disaster it would have been for them.

      Shergar's best known offspring were Authall (who was actually foaled in KY, where his dam had been sent to be covered by Alydar), he won the Irish St Leger and was was sent to Aus where he was a multiple G1 winner 10 and 12f. Also the filly Maysoon, who was 2nd in the 1000 Guineas.
      I think he had several other minor stakes winners from his one crop of 35 odd foals. Pity he never got to really prove himself more at stud, and leave a mark, as he was from somewhat old fashioned (even then in early 80's) bloodlines that have all but died out.

      Anyway, this is how we should remember Shergar....
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Uf0B02SXNs

      His greatest performance. Still gives me chills, 32 years later, watching that amazing turn of foot as he rounds Tattenham Corner and turns for home and young Wally Swinburn drops his hands and the horse explodes up the hill.... scintillating.

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      • #23
        Originally posted by Drvmb1ggl3 View Post
        [COLOR=#333333]Copy and paste of post from the Racing forum...

        Anyway, this is how we should remember Shergar....
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Uf0B02SXNs

        His greatest performance. Still gives me chills, 32 years later, watching that amazing turn of foot as he rounds Tattenham Corner and turns for home and young Wally Swinburn drops his hands and the horse explodes up the hill.... scintillating.
        Thank you for sharing the video! He just found five new gears! Wow!
        Founder of the I LOFF my worrywart TB clique!
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        • #24
          That was an incredible horse!
          “Pray, hope, and don't worry.”

          St. Padre Pio

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          • #25
            This is his Irish Derby win, which some would say was arguably more impressive. Lester Piggott (deputising for the suspended Walter Swinbun) didn't hit him once, and he still absolutely obliterates the field.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDl8T9-VWVs

            A couple of weeks later he took on older horses for the first time in the King George at Ascot, and wins under minimal urging.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vm7HLLIfMhk

            He was a wonderful horse.

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              #26
              Originally posted by Drvmb1ggl3 View Post
              This is his Irish Derby win, which some would say was arguably more impressive. Lester Piggott (deputising for the suspended Walter Swinbun) didn't hit him once, and he still absolutely obliterates the field.

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDl8T9-VWVs

              A couple of weeks later he took on older horses for the first time in the King George at Ascot, and wins under minimal urging.

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vm7HLLIfMhk

              He was a wonderful horse.
              Wow, that is amazing!! I love the announcer "He's only in an exercise canter!!"
              I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry

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              • #27
                I remember when he went missing. It was SO crazy. Ireland isn't exactly a big country and moving him off the island might have been noticeable. Very sad though, gorgeous horse, great athlete and had no strong political beliefs himself.

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