Cambridge News | Prince Aly Khan Memorial Cup to go on display at the National Horseracing Museum

“The trophy is of particular importance to the history of horseracing in this country illustrating as it does in a single object both the pivotal role of the Aga Khan’s family in their patronage of the sport and Sir Winston Churchill’s private passion for the Turf.

We are intending to feature the cup very prominently in our new Sporting Glory gallery in the Palace House.”

– Chris Garibaldi, Director of the National Horseracing Museum

Prince Aly Khan Memorial Cup

The Aly Khan Memorial Cup, which was raced for just once, has been donated to the museum to be displayed in the new centre in Charles II’s racing stables when it opens to the public in 2016.

The cup was won by Churchill’s horse High Hat, who was sired by Hyperion.

Aly Khan was a racehorse owner and jockey. His most famous horse was Petite Etoile, who came second place to High Hat in the race for the cup in 1961.

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Cambridge News | Aly Khan Memorial Cup to go on display at the National Horseracing Museum

Prince Aly Khan and the Horses

From a very early age on,Prince Aly Khan showed excellent horse riding skills as well as linguistic talent – he spoke perfect Oxford English, fluent French, as well as Arabic.

Horses were one of Prince Aly Khan’s largest passions. Not only was he a most successful breeder, trader and owner of the finest race horses, but he was also a glorious amateur jockey who won races up until his 40’s at prestigious races like Prix des Lions, Bar Steeplechase, French Amateur Derby, Le Trambley and Chantilly as well as Longchamp.

via Gentleman of Style | Prince Aly Khan: A Man of Passion

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