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Bethrah (Left) battles with Godolphin's Anna Salai (Right) to win the Etihad Airways Irish 1,000 Guineas The Curragh 23.05.2010

Bethrah (nearside): the Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine is a flagship performer for her sire, Marju, this year

  PICTURE:Patrick McCann 

Marju making progress after bout of laminitis

THE team at Derrinstown Stud continues to remain hopeful towards the recovery of their Classic-producing stallion Marju following a serious bout of laminitis.

The 22-year-old son of Last Tycoon was struck down by the condition - an inflammatory disease of the tissues (laminae) that bond the hoof wall to the pedal bone in a hoof - last month, just days before he sired the Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Bethrah and featured as the damsire of the Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Canford Cliffs, who is one of the leading fancies for today's St James's Palace Stakes.

"Marju has been responding well to treatment," said Jimmy Lenehan, manager of Derrinstown Stud, yesterday, "andhis condition is stable. We're happy with his progress so far.

"It's still very much day by day with him but he has progressed well enough to be led out for a pick of grass each day. He has a wonderful temperament and has been a model patient."

Bethrah is one of seven Group 1 winners worldwide sired by Marju during his 19 seasons at Derrinstown Stud. He had covered nearly all of this season's restricted book at a fee of €20,000.

 

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