Drakenstein Stud’s sensational sire Duke Of Marmalade was represented by his sixth individual stakes winner in 2015 when daughter Orange Sun scored her first black type victory on Saturday.
Orange Sun landed the EBF Terme Di Merano, a Listed race for fillies and mares, by an easy two lengths on Saturday to give her sire his 23rd individual black type winner. The four-year-old filly, who had previously finished third to Duke Of Marmalade filly So Many Shots in the Listed Premio Baggio, is trained by Stefano Botti – who also handles “The Duke”’s classic winning daughter Sound Of Freedom.
Duke Of Marmalade, whose first South African foal recently arrived, has had a fantastic season in 2015.
The five time Group One winning Cartier Champion is currently the Leading Sire in Germany, the eighth leading sire in France, and the third leading sire in Italy.
His top performers this year include German Derby hero Nutan, French Oaks winner Star Of Seville and the progressive filly Simple Verse.
Duke Of Marmalade is not only represented by three individual classic winners this year, but the son of Danehill also looks to have a leading Melbourne Cup contender in the form of G2 Princess Of Wales’s Stakes/G2 Goodwood Cup hero Big Orange. The latter accounted for the 2015 G1 Ascot Gold Cup winner Trip To Paris when he won the recent Goodwood Cup and has accrued nearly £300 000 in prize money.
The versatile Duke Of Marmalade, whose half brother Giovanni Canaletto has been placed in two major Derbies this year, is also responsible for high class South African sprinter Moofeed, winner of the G3 Tommy Hotspur over 1000 metres!