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Bloodstock Briefing: Sprint star Marwell retired from stud duty.

Byline: Janet Hickam

MARWELL, an outstanding sprinter and fine broodmare for Sir Edmund Loder, has been retired from stud duty. The Habitat 24-year-old is not being mated this year and is enjoying life in the Eyrefield Lodge Stud paddocks on The Curragh.

Loder says: "We tried to get her into foal last year, but had no luck. We've had a lot of fun with her."

Marwell was the leading

two-year-old filly of 1980, when she won the Molecomb, Flying Childers and Cheveley Park Stakes. She started her Classic season in style with victory in the Fred Darling Stakes, but failed to stay when fourth in the 1,000 Guineas.

Dropped back in trip, she was one of the outstanding sprinters of her era, winning the King's Stand Stakes, July Cup and Prix de l'Abbaye, as well as finishing second in the York Sprint Championship and Vernons Sprint Cup.

She has come close to producing an offspring as good as herself in the shape of Marling, winner of the Cheveley Park Stakes, Irish 1,000 Guineas, Coronation and Sussex Stakes. She is also dam of Group 1 National Stakes winner Caerwent, who was second in the Irish 2,000 Guineas, and Littlefeather, third in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes. In total, she is dam of 15 foals, of whom seven have won. Her last foal is a Peintre Celebre colt who made Irpounds 43,000 (pounds 33,485) at last year's Goffs Orby Sale.

Loder has three of her daughters at stud, notably Marling and Littlefeather, plus Marling's daughters Half Hitch and Pilgrim's Way.

A broodmare owned by Loder currently making the headlines is Drums Of Freedom, whose three-year-old son Proud Citizen landed the Grade 2 Coolmore Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday. The Gone West colt was bred by Loder and sold for $425,000 (pounds 293,599) at the Keeneland September Sale.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 24, 2002
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