Farewell Mnemosyne

Mark Smith - Friday October 8

Darley Stud has announced the death of Group 1 winner and Group 1 producer Mnemosyne.

Inherited following the purchase of Woodlands Stud in 2008, the daughter of Encosta De Lago was bred by former top jockey Ron Quinton in association with bloodstock agent David Lamond, New Zealand-based Wilson Jolly and Hong kong resident Clemence Lee.


Mnemosyne was a $400,000 purchase by Woodlands at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.

Trained by John Hawkes, she won five Group races at three headed by the Group 1 MRC One Thousand Guineas and Group 1 STC Queen of the Turf Stakes. The previous season she won at Rosehill on debut and was runner-up in the Group 1 AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes, Group II Reisling Stakes, Group III Kindergarten Stakes and was fourth in Stratum’s Golden Slipper.

Mnemosyne with her future stakes winning son Forget (image Mark Smith)

At stud, Mnemosyne has left the Group 1 BRC Stradbroke Handicap and Group 1 BRC Kingsford - Smith Cup winner Impending (Lonhro), Group III NJC Cameron Handicap winner Forget (Exceed and Excel) and Listed BRC Helen Coughlan Stakes winner Epidemic (Lonhro).

Impending stands at Darley Stud, Victoria, for a fee of $22,000. His first crop hits the track this year.

Mnemosyne daughter Erato (Street Cry) is the dam of Group 1 MRC Blue Diamond Stakes winner Lyre (Lonhro).  

Erato's Group II-placed sister Memorial began her stud career in Europe but is now back in Australia. Her 2yo Exceed and Excel colt, Contemporary, finished second to Cavalla at Flemington in Victoria's first 2yo race of the season.

Epidemic has a yearling colt by Fastnet Rock and is due to foal to Exceed And Excel.

The final foal of Mnemosyne is a yearling filly by Harry Angel (IRE).

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