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Viva Pataca says farewell - Sha Tin June 2011

Viva Pataca, one of Marju's best racehorses, retires at  Sha Tin


Marju, sire of Soviet Song, retired aged 23

MARJU, sire of top miler Soviet Song,  has been retired at the age of 23.  "Age has finally caught up with him. He's been here almost as long asI have and was one of the first horses to stand at Derrinstown. He hasn't been at his best recently and, after a spectacularly successful stud career like his, he owes us nothing," said Derrinstown Stud general manager Stephen Collins.

Bred by Pat O'Kelly's  Kilcarn Stud, Marju, by Last Tycoon, is a three-parts brother to Salsabil. Runner-up to Generous in the Derby, he landed the St James' Palace Stakes before retiring to Derrinstown at the end of his three-year-old career.

He stood his first season at Ir7,000 gns - peaking at €25,000 - and from his first crop produced Prix Vermeille and Yorkshire Oaks winner My Emma and Prix de Diane winner Sil Sila.

As well as four-time Group winner  Soviet Song, his best horses include the Hong Kong superstar Viva Pataca, while as a broodmare sire his best representive is Canford Cliffs.

"We have been very fortunate to stand Marju during his long and illustrious stud career," Collins said. "His great looks, superb pedigree and his outstanding stud record certainly made our lives much easier attracting mares to him each breeding season. He was a wonderfully consistent stallion and a pleasure to deal with. He will be a hard act to follow."




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