Drakenstein Stud’s resident sire Duke Of Marmalade is not only a top class sire (his runners last year included no fewer than four classic winners –including multiple G1 winning champion Simple Verse) but he is also an exceptionally well bred one.
The former Cartier Champion and four time Group One winner is one of 347 stakes winners sired by the late, great Danehill. The son of Danzig, who was Champion Sire on no fewer than 17 occasions, is one of the greatest sires in history –his stock include no fewer than 89 individual G1 winners!
This tally includes such champions as Rock Of Gibraltar, Dylan Thomas, Peeping Fawn, Nothin’ Leica Dane, Danewin, Flying Spur, Merlene, Danehill Dancer, North Light, Punctilious, Redoute’s Choice, Holy Roman Emperor, Desert King, Dane Ripper, Fairy King Prawn, Intercontinental, Banks Hill, Cacique, Champs Elysees, Horatio Nelson, George Washington, Landseer, Aussie Rules and Elvstroem.
His top sires include champion sires Danehill Dancer, Dansili, Flying Spur and Redoute’s Choice.
Duke Of Marmalade is out of the G3 placed Kingmambo mare Love Me True, whose seven winners include G1 Investec Derby winner and young Coolmore sire Ruler Of The World. The latter won or placed in five major group races and earned just under £1 000 000 during his career.
Another half brother to the Duke, and full brother to Ruler Of The World, is the talented Giovanni Canaletto.
Third in last year’s G1 Irish Derby and fourth in the G1 Investec Derby, Giovanni Canaletto is running in March 20th’s G1 Hong Kong Derby –a HK$18 000 000 race won previously by such champions as Vengeance Of Rain, Ambitious Dragon and Designs On Rome.
The blue blooded Love Me True, dam of Duke Of Marmalade, Giovanni Canaletto and Ruler Of The World, is a three parts sister to five time G1 winner and US Champion Lemon Drop Kid, an outstanding sire in North America whose progeny, which include 89 stakes winners, have earned over $66 000 000 –and counting.
This is also the family of champion and successful sires A P Indy, Al Mufti, Honor Grades, Raja Baba, Sportsworld, Summer Squall and Tiger Ridge.