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Foaled: 1903    Died: 1917
Sire: Marco    Dam: Lady Villikins
Dam Sire: Hagioscope    Sex: Horse
Colour: Chesnut   


8th Duke of Devonshire


Samuel Darling
Charles Waugh


Francis Luscombe
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1908  Cambridgeshire Handicap   Leslie Hewitt


Marcovil's dodgy forelegs restricted his racing career to just eight lifetime starts, four of which he won. He was in the middle of his 3-y-old season before his first owner, the Duke of Devonshire, even bothered to name him. The Duke died in 1908 and the horse was bought cheaply at the dispersal sale by Francis Luscombe, owner of a small Sussex stud and of Marcovil's own sire Marco, who was getting on in years. Mr Luscombe did not worry about the suspect tendon as he had bought him as a replacement stallion. There being a few months of the season left the horse was sent to his trainer Charles Waugh and, as the leg 'bore up', without any great expectations they let him take his chance in the Cambridgeshire. With his freelance jockey putting up 1 lb overweight Marcovil scored at 50/1, thirteen years after his sire had won the same handicap. Marcovil went to stud at a fee of just 25 guineas. By the time he died, he had many good winners to his name, including My Prince who became one of the most influential jumping sires of the century, and Hurry On, the best horse that the best trainer of that era had ever prepared.

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