Duke Of Marmalade is no stranger to siring high class fillies. Among his plethora of top class daughters are this season’s G1 Prix de Diane winner Star Of Seville, G1 Irish/Yorkshire Oaks runner up Venus De Milo, G1 performer and Italian 1000 Guineas winner Sound Of Freedom and fellow Group winners Lady Cumquat and Wannabe Better.
However, the former Cartier Champion’s very best daughter, to date, is this season’s outstanding 3yo Simple Verse. Despite just making her first start in February and breaking her maiden in April, Simple Verse has progressed to lay a claim as the best filly of her generation.
Winner of five of her outings to date and just under £800 000 in prize money, Simple Verse has established herself as a leading contender for a Cartier Award as this season’s Champion 3YO Filly.
The courageous and classy bay has won her last four in a row, with her wins including an historic win in the classic G1 Ladbrokes St Leger (Britain’s oldest classic) at the expense of some top class male oppositions. Simple Verse made history in becoming the first female since 1992 to win the Leger, won previously by such legendary champions as Nijinsky II, Bahram, Oh So Sharp, Hyperion, Ormonde, Isinglass, Sun Chariot, and Pretty Polly.
Simple Verse ended her season with an authorative win in the G1 Qipco British Champions F&M Stakes over a field which included four G1 winners, including Arabian Queen, the only horse to defeat champion Golden Horn thus far.
She stays in training in 2016 where her goals are likely to include a tilt at Britain’s greatest Weight-For-Age race –the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. The latter race was won by Duke Of Marmalade himself back in 2008.
Her sire, Duke Of Marmalade, has had a fantastic year in 2015 with his offspring winning such races as the French Oaks, German Derby, Italian 1000 Guineas, and English St Leger. Another of the sire’s top class progeny, G2 Goodwood Cup/Princess Of Wales’s Stakes hero Big Orange, is likely to contest next Tuesday’s G1 Emirates Melbourne Cup where he is expected to give a bold showing.
Jamie Spencer will ride the Michael Bell trained gelding in the “Race which stops a Nation”, and all eyes will be on Big Orange to see if he can secure his remarkable sire yet another major international feature win.