Girls Go Racing, the Greg Hickman, Warwick Farm, trained 5-year-old mare who won over 1000m at her home track on Saturday, should become the fourth of the offspring of Marechal, a stakes winning son Danehill Golden Slipper winner Danzero standing this year on only $2,200 at Louise Ellis’s Argyle Thoroughbreds stud at Panuara near Orange in central western NSW, to have double figure wins.
As Saturday’s success was her ninth, Girls Go Racing is on the threshold of this goal. It is one which has been achieved earlier by the Marechal runners Grand Duels (10 wins, four Listed sprints, third VRC Newmarket, Lightning Stakes), Waterfront Drama (12 country wins to 1600m, placed Sydney) and Koolkanna Road (11 wins, six at 1000m Darwin).
Besides Girls Go Racing (four in Sydney, Canberra Camarena twice), others to show the Marechals up as fleetfooted, tough performers with nine wins each have been Disrepute (successes include Townsville, Cairns, second Muswellbrook Aberdeen Slipper, third Randwick in Tattersall’s Club Sprint), Chatterchic (Dubbo, Bathurst, Orange, etc) and Granite Bluff (Sapphire Coast Eden Cup, Orange Gold Cup, Coonabarabran Cup).
He is also sire of Klish Klash (6 wins, including Newcastle, Wyong, Cessnock, second twice Sydney), Pagan County (5 wins, Doomben, Eagle Farm, Ipswich, Toowoomba, four Brisbane places), Gandalf the White (6 wins, won Canterbury, third Randwick), Eripsni (5 wins, one at Eagle Farm, second Randwick), Princess Ally Mae (won and placed Adelaide), Century Hill (8 wins, leading Alice Springs sprinter), Our Henry (7 wins NSW and Victoria), Bear Club (6 wins Hunter Valley region), Mise En Scene (6 at King Island), Enlisted (5 wins, four seconds Singapore), Culture Warrior (4 wins, Gold Coast, Goulburn, Wagga Wagga, Canberra), Marcheval (5 wins, Gundagai, Orange, Wellington, Muswellbrook), Goulburn’s Gift (5 wins, Goulburn, Sapphire Coast), Forcing Thru (4 wins, three starts at two included 1.8 lengths win Newcastle and third Randwick) and Maredamah (won Gold Coast, Yarra Valley, four starts at two included second and fourth Doomben and a third at Eagle Farm).
Perusal of the performances of the Marechal progeny suggests he is one of the best value sires available. A 16.1 hands attractive bay he is also nicely bred, balancing his Danehill male line with a 4x4 inbreeding to Star Kingdom.
His dam Gourette is a France bred mare by R B Chesne (by World Champion Brigadier Gerard) and from Igraine, a daughter of Round Table and Reveille, a Star Kingdom Caulfield Thousand Guineas winner who became a distinguished broodmare in America.
Marechal, a sire who stands at Argyle by arrangement with prominent horseman Rick Worthington, shares the complex with the powerfully bred former Western Australian import Mosayter (Storm Cat -Bashayer, by Mr. Prospector). On a 2012 fee of $4,400, Mosayter has had a good year in the west, including five winners of eight Perth races in six weeks from mid April.