Fourth winner for Marchfield
Moutonshoek’s promising young stallion Marchfield was represented by a fourth first crop winner when his son Bear At Last won at Woodbine on Sunday.
Bear At Last, who was produced by a daughter of Forest Camp, won a game race when scoring over 1700m. Despite drifting out in the stretch, Bear At Last kept on gamely to win by a neck with the third placed finisher more than six lengths adrift at the finish.
His sire has made a cracking start to his stud career, and currently ranks as Canada’s second leading first crop sire.
Marchfield, who was Canada’s Champion Older Male in 2008 and 2009, won or placed in 15 of his 23 outings. The horse, who earned over $1 million, won four stakes races, including the Gr2 Sky Classic Stakes and Gr2 Autumn Stakes. A tough and durable sort who raced sound from two to five, Marchfield also won one of the three legs of Canada’s Triple Crown – the Breeders Stakes.
He is one of 10 official champions sired by US Horse Of The Year A P Indy. Twice Champion Sire in North America (2003,2006), A P Indy has been represented by 29 Grade 1 winners to date, with his best offspring including US Horse Of The Year Mineshaft and Champion, and US classic winner, Bernardini. Both horses have since become highly successful stallions – as are fellow A P Indy sons Indygo Shiner, Judpot, Malibu Moon and Pulpit. The latter’s son Tapit heads the US general sires log of 2014 with his offspring having earned over $15 million in stakes this year alone.
Inbred to the great mare Alablue –who is also Marchfield’s fifth dam, Marchfield comes from a superb female line. Out of former Broodmare Of The Year Pico Teneriffe, Marchfield’s relatives including the outstanding sprinter Equiano – who currently ranks as GB/Ireland’s sixth leading sire.
Other top class performers from this family include the brilliant Devil May Care, an ill fated filly who won three Grade 1 races, including the Mother Goose Stakes and Frizette Stakes in a tragically short career.
Devil May Care and Marchfield are very closely related, with Devil May Care sired by the A P Indy son Malibu Moon. Her third dam is Ballerina Princess – the granddam of Marchfield himself.
Marchfield, whose first local foals are arriving this season, stands alongside Mambo In Seattle and sports a 2014 stud fee of R25 000.