Drakenstein Stud’s exciting sire Duke Of Marmalade was back in the news this past weekend, with his tough and durable son Big Memory capturing the Listed Roy Higgins Quality at Flemington on Saturday.
The gelding showed huge courage to fight back to land the Listed feature under in-form jockey Luke Currie, who had also won the same day’s G1 Australian Guineas.
After sitting just off leader Northwest Passage in Saturday’s 2600m race, Big Memory took over at the top of the straight when Northwest Passage started to weaken but then Cadillac Mountain emerged to issue a strong challenge.
Big Memory appeared to be headed inside the 100m by Cadillac Mountain but rallied to win by a half-head, with three quarters of a length to Settler’s Stone third
Trainer Tony McEvoy was delighted with the gelding’s win, saying, “I’m just so happy for the horse. He’s such a good horse. He’s very sound, he’s very honest. He’s run 12 seconds (during his career) and been beaten by narrow margins.It’s been so frustrating and I’ve been feeling sorry for the horse, to be honest. He really dug in today. It looked like he was going to run another second and he decided to dig in a little deeper for us.”
Big Memory has now won or placed in 21 races, with his previous scores including the G2 Herbert Power Handicap and he has earned more than AUS$870 000 in prize money.
His sire, former Cartier Champion Duke Of Marmalade, is the sire of more than 50 black type performers including European classic winnings Simple Verse, Star Of Seville, Nutan, and Sound Of Freedom.
Duke Of Marmalade, whose first South African crop are now yearlings, has a single lot on offer at the upcoming Cape Yearling Sale – a filly from the family of champion fillies Dark Mirage and Indian Skimmer (Lot 80).
Danehill’s five time G1 winning son also has 2 lots on the March Yearling Sale, a colt out of a four time winning Jet Master mare from the family of champion Argonaut (Lot 10), and a filly out of a Trippi ½ sister to G3 winner State Blue (Lot 184).