Mark of Esteem

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Mark of Esteem
Racing silks of Godolphin.svg
Sire Darshaan
Grandsire Shirley Heights
DamHomage
Damsire Ajdal
Sex Stallion
Foaled26 March 1993 [1]
DiedMay 2014 [2]
CountryIreland
Colour Bay
Breeder Sheikh Mohammed
OwnerGodolphin
Trainer Saeed bin Suroor
Record7: 4-1-0
Earnings£365,139
Major wins
2000 Guineas Stakes (1996)
Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1996)
Celebration Mile (1996)

Mark of Esteem (26 March 1993 – 21 May 2014) was a retired Irish bred thoroughbred racehorse. In his two years of racing, he won four races and placed once from seven runs, with earnings of £365,139.

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Background

Mark of Esteem is a bay horse with a white blaze bred at the Dalham Hall Stud by Sheikh Mohammed. He was sired by the Prix du Jockey Club winner Darshaan. His dam Homage was a daughter of the July Cup winner Ajdal. [3]

Racing career

1995: two-year-old season

As a juvenile, Mark of Esteem finished second on his first start before winning a maiden race at Goodwood by three lengths. The horse was subsequently the subject of a disagreement between its trainer, Henry Cecil and its owner, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Cecil wanted to run Mark of Esteem in the Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot, but Maktoum believed him to be lame and unfit to run. When Cecil took the disagreement public, Maktoum removed all of his 40 horses from Cecil's Warren Place stables. [4] Mark of Esteem was subsequently trained by Saeed bin Suroor for Godolphin.

1996: three-year-old season

His first three-year-old start came in the first Classic of the 1996 season following a winter in Dubai: the 2000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket. Mark of Esteem won by a short head in a photo finish from Even Top and Bijou d'Inde.

His next start in the St. James's Palace Stakes was a loss to Bijou d'Inde.

Mark of Esteem then won the Group Two Celebration Mile at Goodwood by three and a half lengths and the Group One Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot, where he scored by over a length from Classic-winning Henry Cecil filly Bosra Sham. This was the third win of the day for jockey Frankie Dettori at a major meeting when he famously went on to win all seven races. Official handicappers hailed it as the best performance of his generation over a mile for a decade. Mark of Esteem's final start was in America, but he failed to show the same acceleration from mid-division in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Woodbine.

Assessment

Mark of Esteem was retired with a Timeform rating of 137.

Stud career & After retirement from stud duty

Mark of Esteem stood at a stud under the Darley banner where he had much success including his siring of Derby winner Sir Percy [5] and the 1000 Guineas winner Ameerat. His progeny also includes group winners High Accolade, Reverence and Ordnance Row. [6]

In 2007, he retired from stud duty due to declining fertility. [5] on 21 May 2014, he was euthanized following a short illness. [2] [7]

Pedigree

Pedigree of Mark of Esteem (IRE), bay horse, 1993 [1]
Sire
Darshaan (GB)
1981
Shirley Heights (GB)
1975
Mill Reef Never Bend
Milan Mill
HardiemmaHardicanute
Grand Cross
Delsy (FR)
1972
Abdos Arbar
Pretty Lady
KeltyVenture VII
Marilla
Dam
Homage (GB)
1989
Ajdal (USA)
1984
Northern Dancer Nearctic
Natalma
Native Partner Raise A Native
Dinner Partner
Home Love (USA)
1976
Vaguely Noble Vienna
Noble Lassie
Homespun Round Table
Gal I Love (Family: 17-b) [3]

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References

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  2. 1 2 Mark Of Esteem (IRE) Retrieved 2019-03-09
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  5. 1 2 Pagones, Rachel (8 February 2007). "Mark Of Esteem removed from stud duties on veterinary advice". The Racing Post. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
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  7. Champion Mark of Esteem Dies at 21 Retrieved 2019-03-09