Shadwell’s brilliant Derby winner Erhaab dies aged 30
Shadwell is sad to announce that its brilliant Derby winner ERHAAB died peacefully this week at Batsford Stud in Gloucestershire, his home for the past decade.
Believed to be the oldest surviving winner of the Epsom Classic up to that point, he was 30 years old.
ERHAAB was bred by Shadwell in Kentucky, by sending the winning RIVERMAN mare HISTOIRE to CHIEF’S CROWN.
The powerfully made colt was sent to be trained by John Dunlop for His Highness Sheikh Hamdan and won two races at two, and also finished third in the Horris Hill Stakes that season.
He improved at three to take the Dante Stakes in course record time and to win the 1994 Derby in extraordinary style, flying home from an unpromising position under Willie Carson and showing a tremendous burst of speed to overhaul KING’S THEATRE and COLONEL COLLINS to score by a length and a quarter.
Unfortunately, damage to his suspensory ligaments forced him to be retired midway through his three-year-old season.
He later spent time at stud in Japan, Kentucky and at Shadwell’s Beech House Stud, before standing as a jumps stallion at Wood Farm Stud and finally Batsford Stud.
His best offspring include the smart sprinter SOHRAAB and black type-winning National Hunt horses REGAL FLOW and SITTING TENNANT.