Drakenstein Stud’s exciting resident sire Duke Of Marmalade could be represented in Britain’s oldest classic this year.
The former Cartier Champion’s talented son Marmelo is one of 42 entries for the 2016 G1 Ladbrokes St Leger, set to be run at Doncaster on September 10th.
The St Leger is one of the world’s truly great historic races. First run in 1776, it has been won by such legends as Bahram, Ormonde, Nijinsky II, Reference Point, Oh So Sharp, Conduit, Windsor Lad and Hyperion.
Marmelo, who is trained by Hughie Morrison, will be looking to provide his sire with a second consecutive St Leger winner –Duke Of Marmalade’s daughter, Simple Verse, having won the great race in 2015.
The lightly raced and progressive Marmelo has made just four starts thus far, and was second, to the very promising Cleonte, in the Listed Prix Michel Houyyet at Deauville last time out.
His sire Duke Of Marmalade (whose first South African yearlings will come on sale in 2017) has enjoyed another fantastic year, thus far, in 2016.
Notable stakes winners representing the son of Danehill this year include recent G3 Cliff Hanger Stakes hero Can’thelpbelieving, G2 Goodwood Cup/G2 Princess Of Wales’s Stakes repeater Big Orange, and Australian Group winner Diamond Made.
Himself a five time G1 winner, Duke Of Marmalade has been represented by 30 stakes winners thus far, including the G1 winners Simple Verse, Star Of Seville and Nutan.