Drakenstein Stud’s champion young sire Duke Of Marmalade could have a pair of runners in the 2015 Investec Oaks.
Danehill’s champion son is the sire of both Pamona and Star Of Seville, two of the 59 runners entered for the Epsom classic, which will be held on June 5th.
Both Pamona and Star Of Seville, currently amongst the early favourite for the Oaks, look to be fillies out of the top drawer.
The Luca Cumani trained Pamona made just two outings last year. She followed up a debut second with an effortless three and three quarter length win over 1400m and looks a filly going places.
Her paternal half sister Star Of Seville hails from the yard of John Gosden –who won the Oaks last year with Taghrooda. Third on debut Star Of Seville impressed when romping home by six lengths over 1600m at Doncaster in the style of a filly with classic potential.
Ironically, should either filly prevail at Epsom, Duke Of Marmalade would have done something his great sire Danehill never did – sire an English Oaks winner.
Duke Of Marmalade, who ended 2014 as Europe’s Leading Third Crop Sire, has another really exciting 3yo filly to his credit this year in the form of the unbeaten Sound Of Freedom.
An impressive Listed winner recently, Sound Of Freedom will be pointed at the Premio Regina Elena (Italian 1000 Guineas) this year.