Duke Of Marmalade son stars in top sprint
Drakenstein Stud’s world class young sire Duke Of Marmalade made headlines at Turffontein on Tuesday evening.
The Al Adaayit owned Moofeed picked up the first stakes race of his career when landing the Gr3 Tommy Hotspur Handicap for champion trainer Mike de Kock.
Moofeed accounted for a top class field, when prevailing by a neck in Tuesday night’s 1000m dash, with his beaten opponents including former Gr1 winner Willow Magic, and talented stable mate Tiger Territory.
In landing the spoils in the R250 000 sprint, Moofeed took his tally to five wins from just nine outings and his stakes money to over R400 000. He looks a sure contender for some of the bigger sprint races in this country later in the season.
He is the 18th stakes winner for former Cartier Champion Duke Of Marmalade, who ended 2014 as the Leading Third Crop Sire in Europe.
A five time winning Group One winner himself, Duke Of Marmalade enjoyed a tremendous season last year, when his progeny won major feature races in all of Australia, Britain, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and Sweden.
Danehill’s champion son is also the sire of Star Of Seville – current third choice for the 2015 Investec Oaks. His top overseas runners include another outstanding filly in Venus De Milo – a multiple Group winner who placed in four Group 1 contests including the Irish Oaks.
Duke Of Marmalade, whose Investec Derby winning half brother Ruler Of The World stands his first season at Coolmore this year, has a fine record in South Africa with his runners.
To date, Duke Of Marmalade has had just five local runners, four of whom have won, and they include not only the smart stakes winner Moofeed, but also former classic contender Marmalade Tycoon.
He stood for a fee of R100 000 last year.