Elite Racing Club members have been dealt a huge blow with the death of star broodmare Marlinka at the age of just 12.
The daughter of Marju succumbed to colic Tuesday. To compound the calamity, her filly foal by Showcasing could not be saved, either.
Marlinka was a listed-winning sprinter at 2 in France for Roger Charlton and dazzled in her second career by producing Judicial, the winner of the Coral Charge Sprint Stakes (G3) for Julie Camacho, and Marsha, who was successful twice at group 1 level, as her first two foals.
Marsha, by Acclamation, was sent out by Mark Prescott to win seven races, including the Qatar Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp (G1) at 3 and a famous defeat of Lady Aurelia in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (G1) at 4.
At the end of her racing career, she was offered as a breeding prospect at Tattersalls and was bought by Coolmore for 6 million guineas, a record price for a Thoroughbred at auction in Europe. She produced a filly by Galileo for her new owners in January.
"It's incredibly sad because Marlinka had been the backbone of our breeding program for the past few years," Elite Racing Club manager Dan Downie said. "To produce Judicial as her first foal and then to back him up with Marsha was quite special; we owe her an awful lot. It's heartbreaking, of course, but we're grateful for what she did for the club and that she still has progeny left to race."
Marlinka is also the dam of Marseille, a 6-year-old by Excelebration who won a Newcastle maiden for Camacho and enters the Elite Racing Club broodmare band this year, with Pivotal lined up for her first mating.
She also has a 4-year-old filly by Iffraaj—thus a sister to Judicial—named Loretta in training with Camacho and a 3-year-old filly by Dark Angel named Lady Angela with Prescott, as well as a Frankel yearling colt.
Judicial, last seen winning the listed Golden Rose Stakes at Lingfield in November, has been a breakthrough horse for Camacho, providing the trainer with her first black-type successes.
"The news was a shock to us all, but it's a comfort to know that she has several fillies following behind who may not have shown the same ability as Marsha and Judicial but have at least shown some ability," said assistant Steve Brown. "Marlinka was a tremendous success for the Elite Racing Club, which has always punched well above its weight as small breeders."
Marlinka was out of Baralinka, a winning Barathea half sister to the owners' iconic champion race mare Soviet Song, who died at 15 after a troubled breeding career, as well as to Triumph Hurdle winner Penzance and to Sister Act, the dam of Darley Prix Jean Romanet (G1) winner Ribbons.
Baralinka and her siblings were out of the Elite Racing Club's foundation mare Kalinka, a winning daughter of Soviet Star whose paddocks career was nurtured by Maurice Camacho, Julie's father.