Canada's Marchfield to Stand in South Africa

Marchfield, a 9-year old son of A.P. Indy who twice earned champion older horse honors in Canada, will stand in South Africa.

He is to leave Park Stud in Ontario, where he has been since his retirement in 2011, for Moutonshoek Stud to join fellow North American stallion Mambo in Seattle.

Bred by Eugene Melnyk, Marchfield is out of the multiple grade III winner and grade I-placed Pico Teneriffe, by Red Ransom. Canada's 2009 Broodmare of the Year, Pico Teneriffe also produced U.S. stakes winner Congor Bay.

Raced by Melnyk Racing Stables, the Mark Casse-trained Marchfield is a multiple graded stakes winner in Canada, having won seven of his 23 starts and placing in eight more.

He counts among his victories the third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, the Breeders' Stakes, the grade II Autumn Stakes, and Sky Classic Stakes, as well as the grade III Dominion Day Handicap. With earnings of $1,040,161, he was Canada's champion older male in both 2008 and 2009.

Bennie Van Der Merwe, a partner in Moutonshoek, commented: "For us, this is like standing a freshman sire. From a South African perspective, you don't have to tell anybody about A.P. Indy's standing as a sire of sires in North America. And compared to some other countries, we have no problem at all that he was a two-turn horse.

"He ran on grass and Polytrack, which also fits our breeders' needs. He is from a quality family, and the Roberto line has done very well worldwide as broodmare sires and particularly well in this country."

Most Popular Stories