Golden Touch Thoroughbred Services are proud to offer two high quality lots at the 2017 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, which takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on January 21st and 22nd.
Both of Golden Touch’s two lots are daughters of former Cartier Champion Duke Of Marmalade, a son of Danehill who reeled off five G1 wins on the trot, with his victories including the Prix Ganay, Tattersalls Gold Cup, Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Juddmonte International.
Since retiring to stud, Duke Of Marmalade has established himself as a top class sire, with his 50 plus stakes winners including such European classic winners and G1 winners as Simple Verse, Star Of Seville, Nutan and Sound Of Freedom.
Also responsible for South Africa’s high class speedball Moofeed, “The Duke” is also sire of the wonderfully tough globetrotter Big Orange, whose seven wins include four group victories and who has earned more than £800 000 in prize money.
First of Golden Touch’s two fillies on offer is lot 164 –a beautifully bred daughter of G2 Sceptre Stakes winner Reflective Image. The latter was a top class racemare, who won five times up to 1400m including the Listed Olympic Duel Stakes.
Reflective Image herself is inbred to the great mare Crimson Saint –a pattern which is also found in the international G1 winners Awesome Rock, Dads Caps, Loch Garman, and promising young sire Foxwedge.
The filly on sale (named Duchess Du Lac) had an exciting update to her pedigree when two-year-old Gold Image (who is out of a full sister to Reflective Image) won impressively first time out over 800m for trainer Glen Kotzen.
Gold Image holds entries in both the Listed Princess Charlene Of Monaco Foundation Summer Juvenile Stakes and the R1 000 000 Kuda Sprint on Sun Met day.
Duchess Du Lac’s second dam was the very smart racemare Velvet’s Image, who won four times and was runner up in the G3 Magnolia Handicap.
Second of Golden Touch’s two CPYS fillies is lot 171 –a regally bred filly named Chelsea Garden.
She is out of the winning Spectrum mare Rose Garden, whose four winning siblings include former Equus Champion Soft Falling Rain, who won the G2 Godolphin Mile and G2 Joel Stakes in an overseas campaign.
He is now an extremely popular young sire, whose first foals arrived to rave reviews last year.
Like Chelsea Garden, Soft Falling Rain (an unbeaten G1 winner at two) is sired by a Danzig line stallion –making the filly on offer very closely related to the former champ indeed.
Rose Garden is also a half sister to former R1 000 000 yearling My Nephew Eric, who (as Five Up High) recently recorded his third Hong Kong success when scoring over 1400m at Sha Tin recently.
Chelsea Garden’s second dam is by triple US champion sire Giant’s Causeway, and her third dam is by none other than US Triple Crown winner and champion sire/broodmare sire Seattle Slew. This is a top class family responsible for such high class international G1 winners as Clean Sweep, Habibti and Kentucky Oaks winner Gal In A Ruckus among many others.