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English Derby Winner Sir Percy To Stud At Lanwades

Monday, 3rd September 2007

UK 2006 Gr1 English Derby winner Sir Percy (Mark Of Esteem-Percy's Lass, by Blakeney) will begin his stallion career at Kirsten Rausing's Lanwades Stud in Newmarket next year at fee of £8,000 (A$19,200). Rausing told racingpost.co.uk: "With his outstanding pedigree & racing record, he represents marvellous value & opportunity for domestic & international mare owners." And owners Victoria & Anthony Pakenham added: "Having examined various offers for Sir Percy, we are delighted he is going to Lanwades, an independent & very professionally run stud with a marvellous record for producing leading sires." In addition to his Classic victory, Sir Percy was unbeaten in 4 starts as a 2YO (including the Gr1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket & Gr2 Vintage Stakes at Goodwood). In his seasonal debut as a 3YO he finished runner-up on unfavourably firm ground in the UK Gr1 2000 Guineas (8 furlongs) at Newmarket & then won the Gr1 Derby (12 furlongs) at Epsom Downs. Overall he retired with 5 wins from 10 starts for £1,149,695 earnings (A$2.759m). Sir Percy (a half-brother to 3 winners) was a 20,000 guineas (A$52,000) foal at UK Tattersalls & then resold for 16,000 guineas (A$41,600) at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Part 2 the following year; Victoria Pakenham subsequently named the colt after Sir Percy Blakeney (otherwise known as the Scarlet Pimpernel).

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