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Darshaan undergoes colic operation.

LEADING stallion Darshaan is recovering after undergoing an emergency operation for colic.

The Aga Khan's 1984 Prix du Jockey-Club winner, who is based at Gilltown Stud in County Kildare, began showing signs of colic on Friday

afternoon. He was rushed to Troytown Veterinary Hospital, little more than 12 miles away, and was operated on that evening by resident vets Hugh Dillon and Frank McGovern.

Pat Downes, the Aga's Irish stud manager, said yesterday: "Part of the gut had to be removed, and the big worry with a 19-year-old stallion was whether he would get up after the anaesthetic.

"There has been no complication since. The vets are pleased with him. How long he stays at Troytown is something we'll have to play by ear, but we're certainly looking at another week."

Darshaan was fully booked this year at a fee of Irpounds 50,000 and had covered 26 mares before his illness. It is questionable whether he will resume stud duties this year. Downes said: "We've not completely ruled out his covering again this season, but he'd have to make a trouble-free recovery."

Darshaan is one of the best sources of top-class middle-distance performers in Britain and Ireland. His progeny include 2,000 Guineas hero Mark Of Esteem, disqualified Oaks 'winner' Aliysa, Yorkshire Oaks winners Hellenic and Key Change, 1999 Group 1 scorer Cerulean Sky and North American champion Kotashaan. His daughters have produced Group 1 winners Alborada, Astarabad, Ebadiyla, Edabiya, Enzeli, Sendawar and Zainta.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Clower, Michael
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 13, 2000
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