Nasram

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Nasram
SireNasrullah
GrandsireNearco
DamLa Mirambule
DamsireCoaraze
SexStallion
Foaled1960
CountryUnited States
ColourBay
BreederHowell E. Jackson
OwnerHowell E. Jackson
TrainerEtienne Pollet
Ernest Fellows
Record16:3-?-?
Major wins
Prix du Lys (1963)
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1964)

Nasram (1960 – after 1970), also known as Nasram II, was an American-bred Thoroughbred race horse and sire who was trained in the United States and France. His early career was undistinguished but in July 1964 he recorded an upset win over Santa Claus in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Nasram was retired from racing at the end of the season and stood as a breeding stallion in America and Germany.

Background[edit]

Nasram was a bay horse bred in Kentucky by his owners Mr and Mrs Howell E. Jackson. He was sired by Nasrullah who was the Leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland in 1951[1] and went on to become the Leading sire in North America on five occasions.[2] Nasram's dam, La Mirambule won the Prix Vermeille in 1952 and was later bought by the Jackson's and exported to America.

Racing career[edit]

1962: two-year-old season[edit]

As a two-year-old, Nasram was trained in the United States, but failed to win.[3]

1963: three-year-old season[edit]

Nasram was sent to Europe to be trained by Etienne Pollet at Chantilly. He won the Prix du Lys but appeared to be just below top class.[3]

1964: four-year-old season[edit]

As a four-year-old, Nasram was moved to the stable of the Australian-born Ernie Fellows. In July he was sent to England to contest the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot Racecourse. The Epsom Derby winner Santa Claus started favourite at odds of 2/13, with only Nasram and two others opposing him. Ridden by Bill Pyers Nasram appeared well-suited by the hard ground and led from the start. He was never seriously challenged and recorded one of the biggest upsets in British racing history in winning by two lengths from Santa Claus,[4] with Royal Avenue a further four lengths away in third. The King George was Nasram's only win in eight starts in 1964. In October he was unplaced behind Prince Royal and Santa Claus.[3]

Assessment[edit]

Nasram was awarded a rating of 125 by Timeform in 1964.[5]

In their book A Century of Champions, John Randall and Tony Morris rated Nasram the worst horse ever to win the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, describing him as a "faint-hearted front-runner who capitulated when challenged".[6]

Stud record[edit]

Nasram had some success as a stallion. He sired the 1970 Everglades Stakes winner Naskra, who went on to be a successful stallion. He was also the sire of the German champion Athenagoras who won the Deutsches Derby, Aral-Pokal and Grosser Preis von Baden.[6]

Pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Nasram (USA), bay stallion, 1960[7]
Sire
Nasrullah (GB)
1940
Nearco (ITY)
1935
Pharos Phalaris
Scapa Flow
Nogara Havresac
Catnip
Mumtaz Begum (FR)
1932
Blenheim Blandford
Malva
Mumtaz Mahal The Tetrarch
Lady Josephine
Dam
La Mirambule (FR)
1949
Coaraze (FR)
1942
Tourbillon Ksar
Durban
Corrida Coronach
Zariba
La Futaie (FR)
1937
Gris Perle Brabant
Mauve
La Futelaye Collaborator
La Francaise (Family 11-d)[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leading Sires of Great Britain and Ireland". Tbheritage.com. Retrieved 2012-06-17.
  2. ^ "Leading Sires of America". Tbheritage.com. Retrieved 2012-06-17.
  3. ^ a b c Mortimer, Roger; Onslow, Richard; Willett, Peter (1978). Biographical Encyclopedia of British Flat Racing. Macdonald and Jane’s. ISBN 0-354-08536-0.
  4. ^ "American colt wins". Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. 18 July 1964. Retrieved 2012-06-17.
  5. ^ Morris, Tony; Randall, John (1990). Horse Racing: Records, Facts, Champions(Third Edition). Guinness Publishing. ISBN 0-85112-902-1.
  6. ^ a b Morris, Tony; Randall, John (1999). A Century of Champions. Portway Press. ISBN 1-901570-15-0.
  7. ^ Hugh McMahon. "Nasram". Sporthorse-data.com. Retrieved 2012-06-17.
  8. ^ "Flight - Family 11-d". Bloodlines.net. Retrieved 2012-06-17.