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    Drone
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    The Aga Khan’s horses invariably have ‘nice’ names; ones that roll off the tongue and are pleasing on the ear. His winners on Sunday being four recent examples:

    Rosanara
    Siyouni
    Shalanaya
    Alandi

    In addition to – off the top of my head – such as:

    Shergar
    Darshaan
    Lashkari
    Zarkava
    Akiyda
    Dalakhani
    Sinndar
    Aliysa
    Shahrastani
    Azamour
    Linngari

    Anyone know if they refer to a specific person/object/place back in ancestral Ismaili Persia, or wherever?

    Or are they simply plucked from thin air by an individual (HH himself?) with a little bit of poetry in his heart?

    They’re certainly more pleasant and distinctive than the Arabic ones generally chosen for the Sheikh Hamdan horses.[/color:2u28creh]

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    tbracing
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    I see Normandie Stud go through a similair approach in naming thier horses.

    Though, Duncan, Walter, Samuel, Rachel and Deirdre don’t quite have the same anesthetic ring to them.

    Only a matter of time before they call one Dave!

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    Friggo
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    All I know about the Aga Khan’s naming policy is that members of the same family are all given names beginning with the same letter. Have a look through the distaff side of Zarkava’s pedigree for a good example.

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