Known and respected for a long and dominant career, Nashwan was an American-British thoroughbred horse and sire. Having won two of its first starts by the age of 2, Nashwan soon became one of the most dominant horses of its generation. It won the likes of the 2000 Guineas, the Epsom Derby, the Eclipse Stakes and both the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Sadly, the horse lost its retirement race at the Prix Niel, retiring to become a successful sire of winners.
Known for its well-built form and its chestnut color, Nashwan was well-loved from its earliest days as a racehorse. It was trained by Major Dick Hern and also ridden around by Willie Carson for every race that it took part in. Apparently, the name of the horse was chosen because it’s supposed to be the Arabic word for joy.
Over its career, Nashwan made just short of £800,000 – not bad for a little over 7 races!
It ended its career with a Timeform rating of 135, which showcases just how impressive this horse was across what was a short and ultimately hugely successful career path. Indeed, it was rated as the third best British-trained horse at the age of three in the late 1980s. from there, it went on to become one of the most respected and beloved horses of its generation.
After its career was over, it became a breeding stallion at the Shadwell Stud. It was part of the likes of Swain – dual winner of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes – as well as Bago, who won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Sadly, Nashwan died on July 19th, 2002, after minor leg injury complications became problematic and the horse was unable to recover, leaving behind a legacy worth remembering.