Racing world shocked after wonder horse Shergar worth £10 million is kidnapped by an armed gang from a Kildare stud farm.
On 8 February 1983 Epsom Derby winner Shergar was kidnapped from Ballymany Stud Farm. The stable groom Jim FitzGerald along with his wife and seven children were held at gunpoint while thieves made away with the prize winning horse.
The gumen told him not to contact the Gardai and that a ransom would be demanded for the safe return of the horse.
Gardai are continuing to search for the racehorse which valued at £10 million is considered to be one of the most valuable horses in the world. Shergar is owned by a syndicate of thirty-four people from six countries.
Shergar won the Irish and Epsom Derbies and was voted horse of the year in 1981. Following his success on the track, he went to stud and his first foal was born a week ago. Ballymany Stud is owned by the Aga Khan and has been in his family for generations.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 9 February 1983. The reporters are Michael Fisher and Mícheál Ó Briain.