Harry Angel’s Marshman makes Group-winning 2023 debut

Young sire one of only two stallions with multiple three-year-old Group winners this year; new winner for first-season sire Blue Point

Marshman (Harry Angel), rated the best two-year-old of 2022 by a first-crop sire, made a successful three-year-old debut on Monday 17 April with a convincing win in the G3 Prix Sigy at Chantilly.

Karl Burke’s charge was prominent throughout the five-and-a-half-furlong contest, picking up impressively when asked and easily holding the fast-finishing Wodao to win by a length and a quarter.

Marshman won his first two starts as a juvenile, before finishing second in the G2 Gimcrack. He holds an entry in the G2 Clipper Stakes at York’s May meeting.

Bred by Highbank Stud, Marshman is out of the winning Galileo mare White Rosa, herself a daughter of Group winner Dhanyata.

Later on Monday and this time at Windsor, Blue Point added a second winner from just four runners to his record when Valour And Swagger (also trained by Karl Burke) ran out the very impressive winner of the five-furlong Novice.

Taking the lead at the halfway stage, Valour And Swagger hung towards the closing stages but this did not prevent him from winning the race by six and a half lengths.

The colt was bred by Framont Ltd and is out of the UAE Oaks third Music Chart, making him from the family of G1 winner White Moonstone. The dam has already produced two winners by Shamardal.