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Swinburn pays tribute to sprinting star Marwell.

Byline: Geoff Lester and Lee MOttershead

WALTER SWINBURN

yesterday thanked Marwell for helping to establish him as a top-flight jockey as he

delivered a moving tribute to one of the great sprinting

fillies, who died last week, write Geoff Lester and Lee Mottershead.

The heroine of four Group 1 races before becoming an

outstanding broodmare - her progeny including Group 1 winners Marling and

Caerwent - Marwell was put down, owing to advancing years, at her owner Sir Edmund Loder's Eyrefield Lodge Stud aged 25.

"She was a fabulous filly who did as much to get me

established as Shergar," said Swinburn.

In the first year of a glittering racing career in 1980, the daughter of Habitat stamped herself the outstanding juvenile filly of her generation, her five-race unbeaten streak

including wins in the Cheveley Park Stakes, the Flying Childers Stakes and the

Molecomb Stakes.

Following a reappearance victory in the Fred Darling Stakes, Marwell found a mile stretching her stamina in the 1,000 Guineas. Swinburn said: "She was beaten less than a length into fourth place by Fairy Footsteps, and had she not been in season I think she might even have won.

"She bounced back to win the King's Stand Stakes [then Group 1] at Royal Ascot, the July Cup at Newmarket and the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp, where she got the better of a great battle with Sharpo. She was always a pleasure to ride, and went on to prove herself a wonderful broodmare. All in all, Marwell was a very special friend."

Marwell's Eyrefield Lodge stablemate Melodramatic was also put down last week, aged 33. Third in the Coronation Stakes, Melodramatic was the grand-dam of Melbourne Cup winner Vintage Crop and American Derby winner

Overbury, and great-grand-dam of Irish Oaks winner

Vintage Tipple.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 31, 2003
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