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Derrinstown Optimistic About Marju Laminitis Recovery
In Ireland, Derrinstown Stud "is cautiously optimistic about the recovery of its veteran stallion Marju, who was struck down by laminitis last week" reported racingpost.com. The condition (an inflammatory disease of the tissues that bond the hoof wall to the pedal bone in a hoof) means 22-year-old former Collingrove shuttler Marju (Last Tycoon-Flame Of Tara, by Artaius) "is on an enforced break from stud duties" & "a decision whether he will resume covering this season will be made at a later date". Marju "had covered nearly all of his restricted book" at a fee of €20,000 (A$30,000). Derrinstown manager Jimmy Lenehan confirmed: "Marju has now stabilised. He is getting the very best of veterinary treatments & is in great spirits. It helps that he is a very good patient & for a horse of his age, he is in good form." Marju has spent each of his 19 seasons at Derrinstown Stud & last weekend sired Gr1 Irish 1000 Guineas winner Bethrah & featured as the damsire of Gr1 Irish 2000 Guineas winner Canford Cliffs; in addition his star Hong Kong performer Viva Pataca notched his 8th Gr1 triumph in winning last month's HK Gr1 Audemars Piguet QE II Cup.