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Racing silks of Khalifa Dasmal.svg
Racing colours of Khalifa Dasmal
Foaled11 February 1993
BreederKhalifa Dasmal
OwnerKhalifa Dasmal
TrainerWilliam Haggas
Record6: 2-0-1
Major wins
Epsom Derby (1996)
Last updated on November 22, 2006

Shaamit (1993–2001) was an Irish-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred race horse and sire. In a career which lasted from September 1995 to October 1996 he ran six times and won twice. He is most notable for being the winner of the Derby in 1996. He was retired to stud at the end of his three-year-old season where he had limited success. He died in 2001.


Shaamit was bred by his owner Khalifa Dasmal. He was foaled on 11 February 1993, sired by Mtoto out of the mare Shomoose. Mtoto was a highly successful middle-distance racehorse who won the Eclipse Stakes in 1987 and 1988 and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 1988. Shaamit's dam Shomoose was by the sprinter Habitat. At stud, Mtoto sired the European Champion Stayer Celeric and the leading National Hunt stallion Presenting.[1]

Shaamit was trained throughout his career by William Haggas at Newmarket. He was ridden by Michael Hills in four of his six races, including both of his victories, and in his other two races by the eleven times Champion Jockey Pat Eddery.

Racing career[edit]

1995:two-year-old season[edit]

Shaamit made his first racecourse appearance in a maiden race at Newmarket on 25 September 1995. He started at odds of 20/1 and showed some inexperience ("ran green") in finishing fourth of the twenty runners.[2] On 4 November, he reappeared in another maiden race over one mile at Doncaster and started 13/8 favourite in a field of twenty-three. He took the lead a furlong from the finish and won by three and a half lengths.[3]

1996:three-year-old season[edit]

Shaamit was not among the original entries for the 1996 Epsom Derby. In April, Haggas's father-in-law Lester Piggott rode the colt in an exercise gallop and described the colt as "marvellous" and a potential Derby winner. As a result, Shaamit was added to the Derby field as a supplementary entry. It was intended that the colt would make his seasonal debut in the Dante Stakes at York, but he was withdrawn after sustaining a foot injury.[4]

Shaamit started at odds of 12/1 for the 1996 Epsom Derby on 8 June on his first appearance of the season. The race was run at the unusually early time of 2.25pm to avoid a clash with the opening game of the 1996 European Football Championship, which featured the England National Football Team, leading some commentators to claim that the race lacked its usual atmosphere and sense of occasion.[5] Shaamit was the sixth choice in the betting, with Dushyantor being sent off the 9/2 favourite in a field of twenty runners. He was attempting to become the second horse in consecutive years to win the Derby on his seasonal debut, following Lammtarra in 1995.[6] Ridden by Hills, he raced in the middle of the field for most of the way before turning into the straight in sixth place. He was then switched to the outside and made rapid progress to take the lead a furlong and a half from the finish. He went clear and stayed on well in the closing stages to hold off the fast finish of Dushyantor and win by 1​14, with Shantou a further 1​14 lengths back in third.[7]

Shaamit did not run again for seven weeks before he reappeared in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on 27 July. He was made 2/1 favourite in a field of eight runners, despite the fact that Michael Hills had elected to ride the four-year-old Pentire who had finished second to Lammtarra in the 1995 running of the race. Ridden by Pat Eddery, Shaamit had every chance in the straight but finished third behind Pentire and the St Leger winner Classic Cliche.[8] Haggas made no excuses for Shaamit's defeat, saying that his colt was "just not good enough".[9] Three weeks after his defeat at Ascot, Shaamit was sent off the 5/4 favourite for the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. He was unable to quicken in the straight and finished a "tame"[10] fourth to the filly Timarida, beaten just over three lengths.[11]

On 6 October, Shaamit started at odds of 22/1 in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. He finished seventh of the sixteen starters behind Helissio.[12]


In their book A Century of Champions, John Randall and Tony Morris rated Shaamit a "poor" Derby winner.[13]

Race record[edit]

Date Race Dist (f) Course Class Prize (£K) Odds Runners Placing Margin Time Jockey Trainer
26 September 1995 Soltykoff Maiden Stakes 8 Newmarket M 5 20/1 20 4 3.75 1:40.50 Michael Hills William Haggas
4 November 1995 Sureflow Maiden Stakes 8 Doncaster M 4 13/8 23 1 3.5 1:39.20 Michael Hills William Haggas
8 June 1996 Epsom Derby 12 Epsom Downs 1 523 12/1 20 1 0.75 2:35.05 Michael Hills William Haggas
27 July 1996 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes 12 Ascot 1 294 2/1 8 3 2 2:28.10 Pat Eddery William Haggas
14 September 1996 Irish Champion Stakes 10 Leopardstown 1 94 5/4 6 4 2 2:06.20 Michael Hills William Haggas
6 October 1996 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe 12 Longchamp 1 527 22/1 16 7 9 2:29.90 Pat Eddery William Haggas

Retirement and Progeny[edit]

He was retired to the National Stud where in 1998 he became the first European horse to serve as a shuttle stallion to South Africa. He subsequently moved to Scarvagh House Stud, County Down, Northern Ireland where he died of a ruptured stomach on 7 April 2001.[14] By far the best of his progeny was his son Bollin Eric who won the St. Leger in 2002.[15]


Pedigree of Shaamit [16]
Busted Crepello Donatello II
Sans Le Sou Vimy
Martial Loan
Amazer Mincio Relic
Alzara Alycidon
Habitat Sir Gaylord Turn-to
Little Hut Occupy
Savage Beauty
Epithet Mill Reef Never Bend
Milan Mill
Namecaller Malicious
Fools Folly


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  2. ^ "Solyykoff Maiden Stakes". Racing Post. 26 September 1995. Retrieved 2011-12-26.
  3. ^ "Sureflow Maiden Stakes". Racing Post. 4 November 1995. Retrieved 2011-12-26.
  4. ^ Sue Montgomery at Epsom (1996-06-09). "Lester's word is still law - Sport". The Independent. Retrieved 2011-12-26.
  5. ^ Jamie Reid (1996-06-09). "Spectacle short on theatricals - Sport". The Independent. Retrieved 2011-12-26.
  6. ^ Richard Edmondson (1996-06-08). "Racing: Dancer more than just a morning Glory - Sport". The Independent. Retrieved 2011-12-26.
  7. ^ "Epsom Derby". Racing Post. 8 June 1996. Retrieved 2011-12-26.
  8. ^ "King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes". Racing Post. 27 July 1996. Retrieved 2011-12-26.
  9. ^ Sue Montgomery at Ascot (1996-07-28). "Racing: Pentire bursts Classic bubble - Sport". The Independent. Retrieved 2011-12-26.
  10. ^ Sue Montgomery at Doncaster (1996-09-15). "Racing: Shantou has Classic stamina - Sport". The Independent. Retrieved 2011-12-26.
  11. ^ "Irish Champion Stakes". Racing Post. 14 September 1996. Retrieved 2011-12-26.
  12. ^ "Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe". Racing Post. 6 October 1996. Retrieved 2011-12-26.
  13. ^ Morris, Tony; Randall, John (1999). A Century of Champions. Portway Press. ISBN 1-901570-15-0.
  14. ^ "In Brief: Shaamit. - Free Online Library". 2001-04-13. Retrieved 2011-12-26.
  15. ^ "Shaamit Stud RecordBloodstock Stallion Book | Racing Post". 2011-11-09. Retrieved 2011-12-26.
  16. ^