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Marchand D'or

Top-class sprinter Marchand d'Or put his sire, Marchand De Sable, on the map with five wins at Group 1 level

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Marchand De Sable
dies aged 19

MARCHAND De Sable, sire of last season's July Cup and Prix de l'Abbaye winner Marchand d'Or, has died at Haras de Bernesq at the age of 19. His death marks the second blow for the stud which lost first crop sire Blackdoun earlier this month. According to Jour de Galop, the son of Theatrical had a book of 80mares scheduled to visit him this year.

Trained by Elie Lellouche on behalf of Luigo de Angeli, Marchand De Sable defied his May 7 birthdate by making six starts as a two-year-old which culminated in a hard fought win over Infrasonic in the Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud. Remarkably, that win was the first for the colt, who had previously run placed in a pair of Group 3 events.

Although Marchand De Sable failed to get his head in front over the next two seasons, he was placed a further five times at Group 2 level, notably when running Fort Wood to half a length in the Prix Noailles.

He finally regained the winning thread as a five-year-old when successful in a pair of minor events at Nantes.

Marchand De Sable spent his whole stud career - 14 seasons in total - at Haras de Bernesq. During that time, he arguably developed into the leading sire son of Theatrical, despite operating from an initial fee of FF10,000. He stood for €7,500 this year.

As well as the multiple Group 1 winner Marchand d'Or, Marchand De Sable has been represented at the top level by Commercante, successful in the Grade 1 E P Taylor Stakes, and the Prix Jean Prat runner-up Stoneside. He has also been responsible for high-class jumpers such as the Grand Annual Cup Chase winner Andreas and Prix Rohan winner Deflation.

The stallion enjoyed his best season last year when reaching fifth position in the French leading sires' list - the first and only season that he stood for €15,000. He currently fills ninth position on this year's list.

Marchand De Sable was the best foal out of the Listed winner Mercantile, a Kenmare half-sister to Group 3 winner and successful Argentine sire General.





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