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Vanilla Ice narrates new BBC podcast on kidnapping of Shergar

Shergar during the lead in by owner Aga Khan (top hat) with jockey Walter Swinburn after winning the Derby Stakes Classic at Epsom

Rapper Vanilla Ice is narrating a new BBC podcast on the kidnapping of champion Irish racehorse Shergar.

The musician, best known for his 1990 one hit wonder Ice Ice Baby, presents a seven-episode 'Sports Strangest Crimes' podcast on the disappearance of the prize-winning racehorse.

The rapper said he was fascinated by the disappearance, which remains unsolved.

Shergar, owned by the Aga Khan, is famous for winning the 1981 Epsom Derby by 10 lengths.

Vanilla Ice (centre) performing with Jedward during the National Television Awards 2010 at the 02 Arena London. File picture by Yui Mok, Press Association

He was retired to Ballymany Stud in Co Kildare later that year.

In 1983, he was stolen from the stud and a ransom of £2 million was demanded.

However it was not paid.

In 1999, Sean O'Callaghan, a former member of the IRA, claimed Shergar was kidnapped in a bid to raise money for arms.

No one has ever been arrested by gardaí in connection with the kidnapping.

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