Duke filly stamps herself lively Oaks candidate

Drakenstein Stud’s resident sire Duke Of Marmalade looks to have a filly out of the top drawer to his credit in the form of Star Of Seville.

Duke Of Marmalade

Duke Of Marmalade

A leading fancy for the G1 Investec Oaks in June, the talented three-year-old filly made it two wins from just three outings when outclassing what appeared to be a highly competitive field in the Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup EBF Stallions Conditions Stakes at Newbury on Friday afternoon.
This 2006m conditions race had been won by the top class runners Western Hymn (2014) and Contributer (2013), and Star Of Seville looks set to join that pair as a pattern race winner in the not too distant future.

The John Gosden trained filly made all under a fine ride by Frankie Dettori to win the spoils by three and a half lengths, beating some highly rated three-year-olds in the process. Behind Star Of Seville came all of Irish Derby hopeful Ooty Hill and G1 Fillies Mile third Winters Moon (beaten 3.5 lengths).

After the race, trainer Gosen implied the Oaks was next on the list for his talented charge,” “We were forced into running her in this race, but we have run fillies in it before. She is a nice filly that is bold and strong and has done well through the winter. She has got a great stride on her.
“She gave Frankie a great feel. The second is a very good horse, who was just a bit fresh. Chester and Lingfield will probably come too quick, so we will probably come back here for the Oaks trial then hopefully on to the Oaks.”

Duke Of Marmalade

Duke Of Marmalade


Owned by Lady Bamford, Star Of Seville had previously broken her maiden by six lengths last year in a performance which saw her installed as an early favourite for the Oaks.

She is one of a number of promising sorts representing former Cartier Champion Duke Of Marmalade, the others including fellow classic hopes Pamona and Sound Of Freedom.

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