Drakenstein Stud’s resident sire Duke Of Marmalade looks to have a star filly on his hands in the form of Star Of Seville.
The John Gosden filly picked up the first group race win of her career when making all to land Wednesday’s G3 Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York and she looks a top contender for the Oaks next month.
Given a superb ride by jockey Frankie Dettori, Star Of Seville kept going gamely, despite appear green in the running, to register a head victory over last year’s G1 Dubai Fillies Mile winner Together Forever. It was nearly three lengths away to the third placed finisher Pandora.
Long held in high regard, Star Of Seville, who was dispatched a 4-6 favourite for the Musidora (one of the leading classic trials), was coming into the race off an eye catching win in a conditions race at Newbury.
Star Of Seville impressed her jockey who said off his mount after the win, “”She was waiting for the others and then put her neck out,” Dettori said. “She’s a bit quirky, but most of the good ones are and she is very talented.”
Trainer John Gosen was equally upbeat about his talented charge, saying, “Frankie said she was just waiting in front. That was a Group One filly coming at her. Luckily, when she got there she started going again. It is a long time to be in front for an inexperienced filly.
“She has gone from a maiden to a conditions race to winning a Group Three Musidora, so things are very positive.
“This is a nice filly, but she is still learning. She was a long time in front, but Ryan (Moore) is a master at timing his run to catch you late on.
“She had more up her sleeve if needed. We wanted an even pace, which is why we made the running.
“I don’t think Epsom will be a problem, as she is a well-balanced filly. The second is a Group One winner by Galileo and is no mug.
“We might go to the Breakfast With The Stars event (at Epsom), which will give us something to talk about over baked beans.”
Next race on the cards for the talented sophomore will be the G1 Investec Oaks on June 5th.
Star Of Seville, who was produced by, has now won three of four outings and clearly rates as amongst the leaders of her generation.
She is, however, not the only top class filly to have emerged from Duke Of Marmalade’s current crop of three-year-olds. The former Cartier Champion Older Male is also the sire of unbeaten Italian classic winner Sound Of Freedom, who could have her next outing in the G2 Derby Italiano.