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Mark Of Esteem Euthanized

Friday, 23rd May 2014

In other European news, Mark Of Esteem, winner of the 2,000 Guineas who established himself as a top sire at stud, has been euthanized following a short illness, reports racinguk.com. The Sheikh Mohammed-bred son of Darshaan and the unraced Homage was 21. Originally trained by Sir Henry Cecil as a juvenile, Mark Of Esteem was transferred to Saeed bin Suroor in his Classic season and went on to land the Guineas in 1996, before defeating brilliant mare Bosra Sham to claim the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and become one of Frankie Dettori's 'Magnificent Seven' at Ascot. Mark Of Esteem retired to stud in 1997 and enjoyed success at the highest level as a stallion, through his first-crop daughter Ameerat, winner of the 1,000 Guineas in 2001, and his son Sir Percy who took the 2006 Epsom Derby. Liam O'Rourke, Darley's stud director, said, "Mark Of Esteem was the kindest of horses who was a pleasure to have on the farm. He was born and raised at Kildangan, stood at stud at Dalham Hall and lived out his retirement years in the stallion barn too." He added, "We are lucky enough to have some of his nicest daughters and now grand-daughters in our broodmare band. We are pleased he didn't suffer and he will be greatly missed."

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