Awtaad and Markaz to stand at Derrinstown

Awtaad: got the better of Galileo Gold to land the Irish 2,000 Guineas

PICTURE: Peter Mooney Awtaad and Markaz to stand at Derrinstown
By Zoe Vicarage 4:27PM 30 SEP 2016

DERRINSTOWN STUD will welcome two new stallions to its roster for the 2017 breeding season in the shape of Group 1 hero Awtaad and the multiple Group-winning sprinter Markaz.

Owned and bred by Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum out of the winning and Listed-placed Shamardal mare Asheerah, Awtaad was trained by Kevin Prendergast to win five races.

Having finished third on his debut behind Black Sea in a 7f maiden at the Curragh, he went on to claim a 7f maiden at Leopardstown on his final start at two.

At three, he made a successful return on his seasonal debut in a 7f handicap and added a further two victories to his name in the Listed Tetrarch Stakes and the Group 1 Irish 2,000 Guineas. After that success Prendergast declared "He's as good a horse as I've had."

The son of Cape Cross then went on to finish third in the St James's Palace Stakes earlier this year and put a disappointing run behind him in the Sussex Stakes with a commanding performance to win the Group 2 Boomerang Stakes earlier this month.

Markaz, a four-year-old son of Dark Angel, was bred by Yeomanstown Stud and Doc Bloodstock out of the winning Atraf mare Folga and is a brother to the Group 1-winning mare Mecca's Angel.

Purchased by Shadwell for £200,000 at the DBS Premier Yearling Sale in 2013, the colt went on to win four races from a 19-race career.

A winner at two, who finished placed in the Group 3 Tattersall Stakes at Newmarket and the Group 3 Pavillon Stakes at Ascot, and at three he went on to land the Group 3 Criterion Stakes at Newmarket.

This year he got back to winning ways when taking the Group 3 Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle and was last seen winning the Group 2 Goldene Peitsche at Baden-Baden in August.

Fees for both stallions will be announced at a later date.

MARKAZ at Newmarket 25-9-14.

Markaz: multiple Group winner will also stand at Derrinstown Stud

PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)

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