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Marsh, Marcus Maskell (1904 - 1983)

Trainer (T)

Associated Places:  Hodcott House, West Ilsley,Delamere House, Lambourn,Egerton House, Newmarket,Fitzroy House, Newmarket,Somerville Lodge, Newmarket


Marcus Marsh was the son of Richard Marsh, the Royal trainer of the likes of Persimmon, Diamond Jubilee and Minoru to win their Classics. Marcus began by assisting his uncle Frederick Darling but was shown no favours when he broke the yard rules by placing bets directly rather than through the trainer. He went to Hodcott House, West Illsey to assist Captain Richard Gooch and in 1930 became private trainer to Sir Alfred Butt., who however removed his horses due to a disagreement. The 1931 season thus started with only four horses in the yard. However one of these was the future Derby winner, Windsor Lad, purchased by Marsh on behalf of the Maharaja of Rajpipla. Windsor Lad moved with Marsh to Lambourn where Charles Smirke was engaged to ride him for the Derby.

Marcus Marsh joined the RAF for the war, most of which he spent interned in Stalag Luft III after his plane was shot down over Holland. After the war he resumed training by taking a lease on his father's old yard, Egerton House. He later moved to Fitzroy House and finally Somerville Lodge, before retiring at the end of 1964.

The winners Marsh sent out included the Classic winners Palestine and Tulyar, and he also trained an exciting sprinter called The Bug. Marsh's autobiography 'Racing with the Gods' was published in 1968.

Important successes:

2000 Guineas
Palestine   1950   (T)
Windsor Lad   1934   (T)
Tulyar   1952   (T)
St Leger
Windsor Lad   1934   (T)
Tulyar   1952   (T)

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