Leading sire Duke Of Marmalade could be set for a big weekend. Two of his daughters will be lining up in major races on two different continents in the coming days, with both hoping to prove that they are classic contenders.
First of the Duke Of Marmalade fillies to line up is the Pascal Bary trained Nomadic, who will bid to stamp her classic claims when she lines up in Thursday’s G3 Prix Imprudence at Maisons-Laffitte.
The lightly raced 3yo, who was third in last season’s G3 Prix Miesque, will be partnered by Stephane Pasquier in a race which has previously been won by such standout fillies as Ma Biche, Miesque, Ravinella, Six Perfections, Natagora, Moonlight Cloud and Ervedya.
Just two days later, Duke Of Marmalade daughter Diamond Made is a likely runner in Saturday’s AJC James Boag’s Australian Oaks at Randwick. One 16 3yo fillies to contest this AUS$1 000 000 race, Diamond Made comes into the race off a win in the G3 Adrian Knox Stakes over the same course as the Oaks itself.
Her trainer Bruce Cross is hopeful of a good run from the up and coming filly, and said, “I’m looking forward to Saturday and the Oaks. Diamond Made has pulled up well from the race and will have a comfortable week leading into the Oaks.She got under everyone’s radar but I knew all along she had talent and that the 2000 metres would suit. We won’t be changing much in the lead-up and I’m sure she will run a creditable race.”
Duke Of Marmalade, himself a five time G1 winner, is a proven classic sire –with his 4 classic winners of 2015 including G1 Ladbrokes St Leger heroine Simple Verse and G1 Prix de Diane heroine Star Of Seville.
The sire of more than 40 stakes horses, Duke Of Marmalade himself was a dual champion whose six wins came from 1400m to 2400m.