Marju, an English group I winner and a prominent Irish stallion, has been pensioned at Derrinstown Stud in Ireland because of advanced age.
“Age has finally caught up with him,” said general manager Stephen Collins about the 23-year-old stallion. “He’s been here almost as long as I have and was one of the first horses to stand at Derrinstown. He hasn’t been at his best recently and, after a spectacularly successful stud career like his, he owes us nothing.”
Racing for Sheikh Hamdan, Marju scored his biggest win in the 1991 St. James’s Palace Stakes (Eng-I). That year, he also won the Charles Heidsieck Champagne Craven Stakes (Eng-III) and ran second in the Ever Ready Epsom Derby (Eng-I). He was retired with three wins from seven starts and earnings of $480,591.
Marju has sired 61 stakes winners and numerous champions across the globe. In Europe, he is represented by such champions as My Emma and Soviet Song.
Marju’s leading North American runner is Chinchon. The 6-year-old Irish-bred finished second in this year’s United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) after winning last year’s running.
By Last Tycoon, Marju is out of English and Irish group II winner Flame of Tara (by Artaius) and is a half brother to Irish champion Salsabil.