French Derby winner Dalakhani is once again the toast of Paris with his stirring performance in winning the 2003 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) at Longchamp Sunday.Ridden by Christophe Soumillon for trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre, the Aga Khan Irish hombred 3-year-old son of Darshaan was sent off as the 5-2 choice at Longchamp. Winning at Longchamp for the fifth time in as many starts, Dalkhani defeated 33-1 Mubtaker by three quarters of a length in a time of 2:32 for the 1 1/2-mile classic on heavy going. Second choice High Chaparral, last year's Breeders' Cup Turf (gr.
THE SUPERLATIVES were not misplaced. Dalakhani, a colt variously described as 'a genius' and 'truly exceptional', lived up to the praise to leave his mark on Europe's biggest championship race on Sunday. To his connections the perfect embodiment of a racehorse, he lifted Longchamp with a performance that confirmed his right to the mantle of equine superstar. Late doubts about soft ground and a wide draw dissolved as Dalakhani won with something in hand.
Dalakhani maintained his 100 per cent record with a smooth victory in the Prix Lupin at Longchamp.The Aga Khan colt, trained by Alain de Royer Dupre, came through with a perfectly-timed run inside the final furlong to beat another French-trained colt, Super Celebre, with Aidan O'Brien's Alberto Giacometti third.Pacemaker Balestrini was pushed into the lead of this Group One race after a few strides, followed by Dalakhani's stable companion Diyapour.
The Aga Khan's Dalakhani, ridden by Christophe Soumillon won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, at Longchamp.
The 9-4 second favorite, trained by Alain de Royer Dupre, swept a length clear of 25-1 shot Mubtaker, with 13-8 market leader High Chaparral coming third for the second year running.
Dalakhani, the French Derby winner, needed all his noted speed and stamina to overcome a poor draw and desperately soft ground to add the Arc to his earlier success.
Soumillon, 22-year-old Belgian, was given a tremendous reception by the 40,000-crowd, and reached the unsaddling enclosure in tears.
AGA KHAN TO HELP RESCUE FRENCH CHATEAU FROM RAVAGES OF TIME - AGA KHAN TO HELP RESCUE FRENCH CHATEAU - 2005-02-13Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
One of France's most stunning chateaux, which houses the country's second most important art collection, is to be rescued from falling into disrepair thanks to a helping hand from its neighbour, the Aga Khan.
The billionaire spiritual leader of the world's 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims has stepped in to set up a foundation to help restore the 17th century chateau at Chantilly, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of Paris.
Aga Khan Says U.N. Should Mould Future Afghanistan - AGA KHAN SAYS U.N. SHOULD MOULD FUTURE AFGHANISTAN - 2001-10-31Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
The Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslim community, said in a French newspaper interview on Wednesday that the United Nations should steer the reconstruction of a pluralist civil society in Afghanistan.
As head of a disparate Ismaili community of about 15 million people, including followers in Afghanistan, the Aga Khan said Muslims and non-Muslims should work together to rebuild the country if the ruling Taliban government tumbles.
Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah had called a Conference in Evian, France known as the Evian Conference between July 4, 1952 and July 8, 1952 to discuss various economic and social problems confronting the African Ismailis and also to make necessary amendments in the Constitution of the African Councils.
Historic Photo Taken at the Evian Conference with All Attendees:
Mowlana Hazar Imam Aga Sultan Muhammad Shah, Mata Salamat, Princes Karim and Amin Mohamed
Vizir Fatehali Dhala, Mombasa
Vizir Sir Eboo Pirbhai, OBE, Nairobi
Itmadi Vizir Abdulla Hassam Gangji, Zanzibar
Count Di w an MN Jindani, Mombasa
Court Kassum Sunderji Samji, Dar es salam
Vizir Kassamali Paroo, Mombasa
Vizir VM Nazerali, OBE, Dar es salaam
Vizir AG Abdulhussein, Dar es salaam
Vizir Allibhai Kassam Lakha, Mombasa
Vizir Merali Ramji, Mombasa
Vizir Bahadurali Remtulla Samji, Majunga
Quelques morceaux choisis du discours de Christine Albanel, ministre de la Culture et de la Communication, prononcé à l'occasion de la cérémonie de remise des insignes de « Grand mécène » et de « Grand donateur » du ministère de la Culture à Son Altesse l'Aga Khan le jeudi 28 mai 2009.
Christine Albanel a remis, le 28 mai, les distinctions de « Grand Mécène » et de « Grand Donateur » du ministère de la Culture à Son Altesse l'Aga Khan IV. L'Aga Khan est le 49e imam héréditaire des musulmans chiites ismaéliens, chef spirituel d'une communauté de 15 millions de personnes réparties dans vingt-cinq pays sur les cinq continents.
Un mécénat exceptionnel en faveur du domaine de Chantilly. L'Aga Khan est à l'origine de la « Fondation pour la sauvegarde et le développement du domaine de Chantilly », créée en 2005 et reconnue d'utilité publique.
The French Minister of Culture Awarded H.H. The Aga Khan with a great distinction.
Christine Albanel a remis, le 28 mai, les distinctions de « Grand Mécène » et de « Grand Donateur » du ministère de la Culture à Son Altesse l'Aga Khan IV. L'Aga Khan est le 49e imam héréditaire des musulmans chiites ismaéliens, chef spirituel d'une communauté de 15 millions de personnes réparties dans vingt-cinq pays sur les cinq continents. Un mécénat exceptionnel en faveur du domaine de Chantilly.
Bernadette Chirac received the insignia of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor from the hands of President Nicolas Sarkozy, 18 March 2009 at the Maison de Solenn. H.H. Prince Karim Aga Khan congratulated Madame Chirac on the occasion.