Another Widden Stud Bred and Sold Stakes-Winner
A half-brother by Sepoy to Group I ATC Derby winner Levendi, Marcel From Madrid was made a Breednet ‘One To Watch’ when he scored on debut at Benalla on April 27 and made it two wins in as many starts when taking out the Group III SAJC National Stakes at Morphettville on Saturday.
Settled towards the rear of the field by Damian Lane, Marcel From Madrid stormed home to win the 1200 metre sprint by a length and three-quarters for the Matt Ellerton and Simon Zahra stable.
Simon Zahra said he would now be spelled with the Caulfield Guineas the long term aim for Marcel From Madrid
“We’ve always had a pretty big opinion of him and he’s been touted as our best two-year-old,” Zahra said.
“He doesn’t know a lot so we brought him over for a good trip away to hopefully grow him up for the spring.”
A $58,000 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale purchase from the Widden Stud draft for Pacific Bloodstock, Marcel from Madrid was bred by long time Widden Stud client Robert Anderson and is the third winner from three foals to race from stakes-placed Redoute’s Choice mare Lipari, a daughter of Group I SAJC Australasian Oaks winner Tully Thunder.
Her best offspring to date is Levendi, who has now gone to the spelling paddock following a hugely successful season that has seen him rack up five wins and over $1.6 million in prizemoney.
Lipari was offered at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale last year where she was purchased for $170,000 by Ollie Tait of Twin Hills Stud in a very astute move.
She produced a filly by More Than Ready (USA) for her new owner last spring and Widden Stud sold the current yearling from her, a filly by Sebring, for $500,000 at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale last month.