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Death of Mark Of Esteem

Mark Of Esteem, winner of the 2000 Guineas and subsequently a top sire, has been euthanized following a short illness.

Initially trained by Sir Henry Cecil as a juvenile, Mark Of Esteem transferred to the care of Saeed bin Suroor in his Classic season and went on to land Guineas and Celebration Mile in 1996, before running down Bosra Sham to claim the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and become one of Frankie Dettori's 'Magnificent Seven' at Ascot.

The son of Darshaan retired to stud in 1997 and enjoyed success at the highest level as a stallion, through his first-crop daughter Ameerat, who won the 1000 Guineas in 2001, and his son Sir Percy who took the 2006 Epsom Derby. He also had the Nunthorpe and Haydock Sprint Trophy winner Reverence that season.

Liam O'Rourke, Darley's stud director, said, "Mark Of Esteem was the kindest of horses who was a pleasure to have on the farm. He was born and raised at Kildangan, stood at stud at Dalham Hall and lived out his retirement years in the stallion barn too.

"We are lucky enough to have some of his nicest daughters and now grand-daughters in our broodmare band. We are pleased he didn't suffer and he will be greatly missed."