Maraahel set for stud career in West Indies
Maraahel: will shortly leave for new career in Trinidad and TobagoPICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER
GROUP 2 winner Maraahel has been purchased for stud duty by the Stud Farm Association of Trinidad and Tobago in a deal brokered by Linda Sadler and Pierpont Scott, vice-chairman of the association.
Joe Hadeed, chairman of the association, was also influential in the sale.
The eight-year-old son of Alzao, who has been a popular stalwart of Sir Michael Stoute's yard in recent seasons, won eight of 34 starts in the colours of Sheikh Hamdan and £1,030,279 in prize-money.
His most notable victories arrived in consecutive renewals of the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot, in which he accounted for Mountain High and St. Leger winner Scorpion, and three runnings of the Group 3 Tradesman's Cup at Chester.
Although a Group 1 victory eluded him, Maraahel ran placed in six races at the top level, including when a short head second to Notnowcato in the 2007 Juddmonte International.
Pierpont Scott told the Trinidad Express that Maraahel will be syndicated into 20 shares, after which a decision would be made as to where he will stand.
Out ofthe winning Nashwan mare Nasanice, Maraahel is from the immediate family of the high-class two-year-olds Asfurah, Shimah and Sayedah as well as the Shadwell-owned stallions Haatef and Kayrawan.