Makin enters stallion game with Marcel
Marcel: son of Lawman wins the Racing Post Trophy
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Makin enters stallion game with Marcel By Martin Stevens 11:35PM 30 SEP 2016
AUSTRALIAN owner Paul Makin, who dispersed his blueblooded broodmare band at Goffs in 2013, has entered the stallion business by standing Marcel at the National Stud in Newmarket from next year.
Marcel, a son of Lawman, was trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam for Paul Hancock at two last year when he won a Newcastle maiden by nearly four lengths and the Racing Post Trophy, in which he beat subsequent Criterium International winner Johannes Vermeer by a length and a half.
Makin bought Marcel privately at the start of this season but the colt made only one start for him, when finishing last in the 2,000 Guineas.
"Following the dispersal of my bloodstock interests at Goffs I thought my love affair with the bloodstock industry was over, but I must be addicted," said Makin.
"I was straight back into the fold, acquiring the highest-priced Frankel yearling, a filly out of Finsceal Beo at Goffs, and followed that with the purchase of Marcel in February.
"His explosive finishing speed and complete domination had me captured. I thought he was a certainty to become a real star, but it wasn't meant to be."
Makin said Marcel had injured his near-side knee racing into the Dip in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.
"Although he was sound soon after and three vets said he could be raced, he would probably not race again as a three-year-old," he added. "I thought that as he was already a Group 1-winning two-year old, what else worthwhile could I win?
"So I decided that I'd love to race his babies – that's my goal."
Nominations are being handled by the National Stud, agent Dermot Farrington and Andrew Nolan in Ireland, while a new website to handle stallions under Makin's ownership – makinstallions.com – is to be launched.
Marcel was bred by David Hyland out of the Marju mare Mauresmo, who is out of a half-sister to Melbourne Cup hero At Talaq and US Grade 1 winner Annoconnor. High-class miler Arod is another relation.
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