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.