Sheikh Hamdan farewells Marju
Former Victorian shuttler Marju has died, aged 28, at Derrinstown Stud in Ireland.
Marju (Last Tycoon) sired 56 stakes winners starting with Group 1 winners Sil Sila (Prix de Diane) & My Emma (Yorkshire Oaks) and he followed up with superstar filly Soviet Song.
Sheikh Hamdan had purchased Marju at the 1989 Goffs yearling sale just days after winning the G1 Prix Marcel Boussac with his 2yo half-sister Salsabil. He was runner-up to Generous in the G1 English Derby and then defeated subsequent Sussex Stakes hero Second Set to win the G1 St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
His southern shuttle career included a one-off book at Collingrove Stud, the forerunner of Swettenham Stud, in 2001. “We stood Marju under the Sangster-family umbrella,” Adam Sangster recalled. “Sheikh Hamdan shuttled him down here but travel sickness prevented him coming back.”
Marju Snip was the best of his Nagambie-conceived gallopers winning the G1 Australasian Oaks and LR Nitschke Stakes for trainer Phillip Stokes.
His influence as a broodmare sire is still being felt with the likes of Marsha who won the G1 Prix de l’Abbaye at Chantilly on October 2 and Blue Gum Farm’s Group 1 winning shuttler Canford Cliffs.
Marju had been pensioned from covering duties at Derrinstown Stud in 2011.