Marid is to stand at the Haras du Grand Courgeon in 2022

18.11.2021

Marid is to stand at the Haras du Grand Courgeon in 2022

Alas, Tm Fred Texas (Burning Sand) hasn’t proved to be very fertile and he has been exported to Qatar. In France, without necessarily having access to the best broodmares, he has yielded PA horses of considerable quality (and the examples of Methgal, Abbes, Amir Al Cham, Almajdah and Shadad spring to mind...). Due to stand at the Haras du Grand Courgeon in 2022, Marid will be his first (and perhaps his only) stallion son in France. Out of the champion Al Dahma (Amer), the winner of 14 Gr1 PA races, Marid was a remarkable performer. Precocious, he was a dual Gr1 PA winner at 3 after landing the Prix Kesberoy and the Arabian Trophy des Poulains, having accounted for the high class Deryan (Mahabb), in the colours of his breeder, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani, in the latter race.

Alban de Mieulle runs the Haras du Grand Courgeon and he told us: "A magnificent horse, and remarkably well-bred at that, Marid offers many plusses to French breeders. A healthy horse, he never experienced any leg problems when in-training. He was the best French PA 3-year-old of what was a quality generation, and I think that this blend of precocity and speed will be very appealing to French breeders. Especially, when you take into account that the French PA programme, reflecting market trends, is very much geared towards 3-year-olds. Let's not forget that the great PA stallions such as Manganate (Saint Laurent), Kesberoy (Saint Laurent) and Dormane (Manganate) were all very smart 3-year-olds before proving successful at stud. Furthermore, Marid will enable breeders to tap into a rare male bloodline, namely that of Burning Sand (San Lou Romirz). In common with his relative, he should be an influence for speed and precocity, which should complement the bloodlines of French PA mares. He hails from a very high quality female line, and one noted for producing healthy horses which is very important." His stud fee will be announced at a later date.

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