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Mumtaz Mahal (GB)

Mumtaz Mahal

Sire Line



The Tetrarch


Lady Josephine (Sundridge-Americus Girl)

Notable Descendants

Mah Mahal (Gainsborough-Mumtaz Mahal)

Mahmoud (Blenheim-Mah Mahal)

Pherozshah (Pharos-Mah Mahal)

Mah Iran (Bahram-Mah Mahal)

Nasrullah (Nearco-Mumtaz Begum)

Abernant (Owen Tudor-Rustom Mahal)

Petite Etoile (Petition-Star of Iran)

Mirza (Blenheim-Mumtaz Mahal)



Mumtaz Mahal gr f 1921 (The Tetrarch - Lady Josephine, by Sundridge). Sire Line Buzzard. Family 9-c.

Bred in Yorkshire at the Sledmere stud by Lady Sykes, and purchased for HH Aga Khan III (1877-1957) by trainer Hon George Lambton (1860-1945) in 1922, she would become a brilliant racehorse. She was described as a "superb filly, combining size, quality, and faultless conformation with a fine bold outlook." Her dam, Lady Josephine (ch f 1912), also produced Lady Juror (b f 1919 Son-in-Law), the second dam of the Oaks winner Commotion (b f 1938 Mieuxce).

In her maiden appearance in the Spring Stakes at Newmarket she had left the field behind at only three furlongs, and set a course record of 57 4/5 seconds for five furlongs. In her next start, the Queen Mary Stakes, she won by ten lengths, and it is said, won the nickname "The Flying Filly" from British racing journalists. She reeled off victories in the National Breeders Produce Stakes by four lengths, the Molecomb Stakes by ten lengths and Champagne Stakes by three lengths. In her final outing in October, she was said to be a bit off-color and the ground a bit heavy for her liking; even so she dug in and managed a second place. Her efforts as juvenile saw her awarded top spot on the Free Handicap. Sent out as a three year old for the One Thousand Guineas, she failed to stay, resulting in a second place finish to Plack. She was tried once more over a mile in the Coronation Stakes although it became clear this was too long a distance. Her final outings, in the six furlong King George Stakes and the five furlong Nunthorpe Stakes, saw the return of her formerly brilliant self. Some say she was the fastest filly to set foot on the English turf.

In the stud she produced six winners: the very fast two year old Mirza, Badruddin, Furrokh Siyar, Mah Mahal, Mumtaz Begum and Rustom Mahal. Her colts were better than her fillies, who were somewhat disappointing. However, when her daughters retired to stud their influence would be profound. Mah Mahal foaled Mahmoud, Pherozshah, Khan Bahadur, Mbale and Mah Iran; Mumtaz Begum bred eight winners including Nasrullah, Dodoma, Sun Princess, Malindi, Bibibeg and Rivaz; while Rustom Mahal produced Fille du Regiment and Abernant.

Among her notable descendants are Mahmoud (gr c 1933 Blenheim), who won the Epsom Derby in record time and became a Leading Sire in 1946 in America, and 3rd on the Sires' List in 1942 in Great Britain, and Nasrullah (b c 1940 Nearco), who won the Champion Stakes and a third in the Epsom Derby and went on to become a Leading Sire in 1955, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1962 in America, as well as a Champion Sire in Great Britain.

Many classics winners descend from Mumtaz Mahal. Those from her daughter Mah Mahal include In a Tiff (Derby Italiano), Mahmoud (Derby Stakes), Migoli (Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe), Nishapour (Poule d'Essai des Poulains), Petite Etoile (One Thousand Guineas, Oaks Stakes), Prince Arthur (Premio Parioli) and Tanino Gimlet (Tokyo Yushun). Aliysa was disqualified from winning the Oaks Stakes but was later Champion Broodmare. Those from Mumtaz Begum include Ameerat (One Thousand Guineas), Ginetta (Poule d'Essai des Pouliches), Kalamoun (Poule d'Essai des Poulains), On the House (One Thousand Guineas), Octagonal (AJC Australian Derby), Oh So Sharp (One Thousand Guineas, Oaks, St. Leger), Risen Star (Preakness and Belmont Stakes), Shantou (St. Leger), Morshdi (Derby Italiano) and Shergar (Derby Stakes, Irish Derby, King George & Queen Elabeth Diamond Stakes).

Mumtaz Mahal was in the Aga Khan's stud in France when war broke out. When the stud was overrun by the Germans they left her behind, perhaps due to her age, or perhaps out of respect; she died there in 1945.

Mumtaz Mahal The Tetrarch Roi Herode Le Samaritain
Vahren Bona Vista
Lady Josephine Sundridge Amphion
Americus Girl Americus
Race Record
In 1923 she won the 5 furlong Spring Stakes at Newmarket, beating the Oaks winner Straitlace (b f 1921 Son-in-Law) in a canter by 3 lengths and setting a course record of 57 4/5 seconds. Won the 5 furlong Queen Mary Stakes at Ascot by 10 lengths. Won the 5 furlong National Breeders Produce Stakes at Sandown Park by 4 lengths. Won the 5 furlong Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood by 10 lengths. Won the 6 furlong Champagne Stakes at Doncaster by 3 lengths, beating Obliterate (bbr c 1921 Tracery) "with the utmost ease". Finished 2nd for the 6 furlong Imperial Produce Stakes at Kempton Park, won by J A de Rothschild's Arcade (b c 1921 Tracery) who was receiving 7 pounds from Mumtaz Mahal.
In 1924 she finished 2nd for the 1 mile One Thousand Guineas Stakes at Newmarket, won by Lord Rosebery's Plack (ch f 1921 Hurry On), beating Straitlace. Finished 5th for the 1 mile Coronation Stakes at Ascot, won by Straitlace. Won the 6 furlong King George Stakes at Sandwich by a length, beating Equator (ch c 1921 Golden Sun). Won the 5 furlong Nunthorpe Stakes at York by 6 lengths.
Produce Record (1926-1930 in England, 1931-1945 in France)
Year of Birth   Name, Sire Owner or Breeder
1926 b c Dara Shukoh, by Son-in-Law HH Aga Khan
1927   slipped twins to Gainsborough HH Aga Khan
1928 gr f Mah Mahal, by Gainsborough HH Aga Khan
1929 ch c Furrokh Siyar, by Colorado HH Aga Khan
1930 b c Aurangzebe, by Gainsborough HH Aga Khan
1931 gr c Badruddin, by Blandford HH Aga Khan
1932 b f Mumtaz Begum, by Blenheim HH Aga Khan
1933   barren to Blenheim HH Aga Khan
1934 gr f Rustom Mahal, by Rustom Pasha HH Aga Khan
1935 br c Mirza, by Blenheim HH Aga Khan
1936   barren to Blenheim HH Aga Khan
1937 gr c Nizami, by Firdaussi HH Aga Khan
1938   barren to Firdaussi HH Aga Khan
1939   barren to Windsor Lad HH Aga Khan
1940   barren to Taj Akbar HH Aga Khan
1941   barren to Taj Akbar HH Aga Khan
1942   barren to Taj Akbar HH Aga Khan
1943   not covered previous year HH Aga Khan
1944   not covered previous year HH Aga Khan
1945   not covered previous year; died HH Aga Khan
Furrokh Siyar was sent France.
Aurangzebe was gelded and sent to India.

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