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Nijinsky Prowess Honoured by QIPCO Award

Monday, 27th July 2020

Each year, to mark QIPCO’s sponsorship of England’s Gr1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the winner of a vintage renewal is commemorated. To honour his illustrious achievements and victory in the race 50 years ago, Nijinsky became the latest recipient of the QIPCO Diamonds & Pearls award, won last year by Nashwan. The son of Northern Dancer had already captured the 2000 Guineas, the Derby and the Irish Derby, and started at odds of 40-85 for Ascot’s 1970 renewal. Nijinsky, the only 3YO in the field, cruised past his rivals on the bridle and defeated the previous year’s Derby winner, Blakeney, to win the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes by an effortless two lengths. Owned by Charles W. Engelhard Jr., trained by Vincent O’Brien and partnered by jockey Lester Piggott, Nijinsky went on to win the St Leger, and in doing so, became the first racehorse in 35 years to win the Triple Crown. It’s a feat which no colt has matched since. Following his impressive racing career, Nijinsky went on to stand at stud in the US where he sired 155 Stakes/Group winners and remains the only sire to have the winner at the Kentucky and Epsom Derbies in the same year (1986 – Ferdinand & Sharastani). His notable progeny include King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes winners Ile de Bourbon (1978) and Lammtarra (1995).

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