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Marine Commando - Royal Ascot 15.06.10

Marine Commando (noseband): shares damsire, Marju, with Canford Cliffs

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Marine Commando storms Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed), Ascot, 5f, 2yo

MARINE COMMANDO (c Pastoral Pursuits - Carollan
by Marju)

Breeder: Leon Vaessen

MARINE COMMANDO provided his second-season sire Pastoral Pursuits with a first Royal Ascot winner when holding off the late challenge of Petronius Maximus to land the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes on Tuesday.

The Richard Fahey-trained colt was bred by Leon Vaessen out of the Marju mare Carollan, who Vaessen had in training with Rae Guest and finished placed over 1m2f at three.

Marine Commando was the second winner on Royal Ascot day one out of a Marju mare, after St James's Palace Stakes hero Canford Cliffs.

Vaessen also c0-owned the smart Guest-trained fillies Bahia Breeze and Yomalo – who, incidentally, produced her first winner at Windsor on Monday in the shape of maiden scorer Believe It Or Not.

Marine Commando was bought by his owner Mike Wynne for £34,000 at theDBS Breeze-Up Sales in April. He had been purchased for just 4,500gns at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October yearling sale last year.

Marine Commando had been made eligible for the Yearling Bonus and Breeze-up Bonus schemes – both initiatives sponsored by the Racing Post – so when he won his maiden at Carlisle last month he scooped Wynne a bumper double £15,000 payout.

Pastoral Pursuits - a July Cup-winning brother to another Group 1-winning sprinter in Goodricke - stands at the National Stud in Newmarket at a fee of £5,000. His other top progeny include smart sprinters Angel's Pursuit and Rose Blossom.

Fast-finishing runner-up Petronius Maximus just denied his first-season sire Holy Roman Emperor a second black-type winner after Woodcote Stakes scorer High Award.





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