The ‘MY HAPPY HORSES’ project welcomes VIKKTOR

By Equine MediRecord
Vikktor enjoying the sun

My Happy Horses: Part 11

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Owner-breeder Jill Irwin of Whitley Meadows Arabian Stud writes: “This is Vikktor (Marwan x Vivien), our hope for 2021. He was born here at Whitley Meadows Arabians in February 2017.”


“In the summer of 2016 Vikktor’s dam Vivien arrived from the Kossack Stud in the Netherlands, scanned in foal to Marwan. She is by Abitibi out of Vinetka (Karnaval) SU . She is a pleasure to own and has fitted in very well here.”


“Vivien was conceived at the Kossack Stud. When her dam Vinetka was not sold in the Tersk/Holland sale, Vinetka was covered by Abitibi (Cheri-Bibi x Jaffa Du Berlais) winner in UK and France, who was then at the Kossack Stud. I liked the breeding as Jaffa Du Berlais has produced nine winners and although predominantly French bred, she has Polish in her pedigree too, through Baj her sire, who was also successful in endurance.”


“Vinetka was then sent back to the Tersk Stud in Russia and it was there that Vivien was foaled. Vivien raced a few times at Pyatigorsk and was third in a Group 3PA. Vivien produced foals regularly over the next few years until she was bought back by the Kossack stud in 2012. At Tersk she produced Group 2PA and Group 3PA winners, Vereika (2009) (by Kamelot) and Venilia (2008). Venilia is by Newmarket who is also a son of Marwan.”


Marwan (1994 – Manganate x Marifa (Cheri Bibi) was bred by Jean-Marc De Watrigant at Haras De Mandore. Racing from 3 to 6 years, a renown as a “fighter” on the racetrack, he won 17 times from 25 starts in Holland, France, Germany, Sweden, Belguim. He is the sire of numerous winners in Europe including Pour Vous Kossack , Pribot, Periander, Altesse Kossack and Vasily Kossack(Best 3 yr old and 4 yr old in Poland).


Irwin continues: “Marwan is also a good broodmare sire, and when his mares are crossed with Amer bloodlines they give good results, such as Top Medina (Murhib/Topspeed Kossack by Marwan), a winner and second in Sweden already in 2020 and our own Popsstar (Dahess/Popidol Kossack by Marwan) winner of Emirates NBD Handicap stakes Dubai Day 2019.”

Vikktor (Marwan x Vivien)
Jill Irwin with Poppstar (GB), Martin Dwyer and Anthony Holdsworth after winning the Emirates NBD Premier Handicap at DIAR Newbury in July 2019

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