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Brown colt, 1932.
By Blandford - Friar's Daughter by Friar Marcus.

Darley Arabian Sire line: Birdcatcher Branch.
Family 16-a

Hampton His sire, Blandford

Bred and raced in England by H.H. the Aga Khan, *Bahram was undefeated in nine starts in England, earning the equivalent of $215,433. He was the champion at two, winner at two of the National Breeders' Produce, Rous Memorial, Gimcrack, Boscawen, and Middle Park Stakes. At three, he won the 1935 English Triple Crown (2,000 Guineas, Derby, St. Leger) as well as the St. James's Palace Stakes.

With little left to prove outside of competing against older horses, he was retired to Egerton Stud, Newmarket, England in 1936 for a fee of 500 guineas. His owner had previously sold two other Derby winners to America, *Blenheim II, and *Blenheim II's son Mahmoud, so the British breeding industry was outraged when it was announced that *Bahram, the second leading sire in 1940 (and leading juvenile sire of 1941), would be sent to America for the 1941 season, after only five years at stud.

Big Game
Big Game
Persian Gulf
Persian Gulf
Doubleton with son Double Eclipse
He was purchased for 40,000 pounds ($160,000) by a syndicate which included Walter P. Chrysler, S. W. Labrot, Alfred G. Vanderbilt, and James Cox Brady, and stood in America, first in Maryland and later at Chrysler's North Wales Stud in Warrenton, Virginia.

Unfortunately, *Bahram was not a great success in the States and at the age of 13 (in 1945), he was sold (for a reported $130,000) to continue his stud career in Argentina.

He sired 25 stakes winners and his first crop (English) included the St. Leger and Irish Derby winner TURKHAN, as well as Irish Oaks winner QUEEN OF SHIRAZ, both owned by the Aga Khan. Turkhan sired the good fillies Linaria, Ella Retford, but his lasting influence comes through a lesser daughter Turkish Blood, dam of the stakes winner Vienna (sire of *Vaguely Noble). Queen of Shiraz produced *Poona II and Sallymount.

His other English-sired foals included the 2,000 Guineas winner BIG GAME (Leading Sire in Great Britain in 1948, sire of Combat, Faux Tirage, Gigantic, Khorassan II, Makarpura, and a great broodmare sire), Coronation Cup winner PERSIAN GULF (a perennial leading sire of classic winners including Derby winner Parthia, Zabara, Queen of Sheba, Zarathustra, Tamerlane, Rustam, Zimone, *Persian Road II, Proud Chieftain, Idle Hour, Persian Wonder, and Gulf Pearl), as well as stakes winners THE DRUID, BIRIKAN, and GREAT TRUTH, and the important producers QUEEN OF BAGHDAD (dam of *Noor), MAH IRAN (dam of *Migoli, *Moondust II), BIBIBEG (dam of *Grounded II, Quaheri), LIBERATION (dam of Elpenor, Emperor), and DOUBLETON (dam of *Double Eclipse and second dam of Meld).

In America, *Bahram's best runners were STUD POKER ($192,460), SUN BAHRAM ($112,330), and the good two-year-old and sire, STONE AGE. He did very little as a sire in Argentina, outside of *HOLD ON II, who won stakes in both Argentina and the U.S. and *NARANJAL.

*Bahram was a large, somewhat leggy brown horse, his only marking was a star, and his conformation was considered close to flawless. He grew to 16.2 hands, big and sound (both of which were was unusual for this male line), and full of quality. His temperament was outstanding, in fact Ulbrich describes it as his only fault, being "placid to the point of lethargy." He died in Argentina in January of 1956 at the age of 24.

--Anne Peters

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