Duke Of Marmalade’s daughters have been carrying all before them in 2015, and another daughter of the Cartier Champion was involved in a piece of history in North America last Friday.
The Duke’s Beat Of The Drum provided The China Horse Club with an historic first on US soil when she strolled home to land an optional claimer at Santa Anita over 1800m.
Beat Of The Drum, who raced twice in Mainland China is believed to be the first horse to have raced in China and to have subsequently won in the USA.
Teo Ah Khing, Chairman of the China Horse Club, said of the win, “(Friday) a Chinese owned,former Chinese-based racehorse won at Santa Anita in the United States, and the implications of this result cannot be lost. In time, this win may prove to be the catalyst for much greater involvement from the Chinese in international racing.”
The China Horse Club has been described as “Asia’s premier racing, business and lifestyle club offering its members and their guests, peerless service, experiences and top tier racing.” The Club are among the world’s leading players in the bloodstock market, and recently spent more than 3.5 million guineas at Tattersalls October Yearling Sale (Book 1), where their purchases included a Galileo colt for 1.2 million guineas. Among the top performers CHC have been involved in are recent G1 Caulfield Guineas winner Press Statement, Investec Derby winner Australia, and G1 Blue Diamond winner Pride Of Dubai.
Beat Of The Drum’s sire Duke Of Marmalade has enjoyed a fantastic 2015 with his four European classic winners including Simple Verse (G1 Ladbrokes St Leger), Nutan (G1 Deutsches Derby) and Star Of Seville (G1 Prix de Diane). He also had a smart recent US feature race winner when Modernstone landed the Fasig Tipton Ladies Marathon Stakes at Kentucky Downs recently.
The champion son of Danehill sports a 2015 stud fee of R100 000.