Drakenstein Stud’s in form sire Duke Of Marmalade (whose current runners include classic hopes Pamona, Star Of Seville and Sound Of Freedom) could enjoy another good few days this weekend.
His top class son Big Memory is one of 11 runners for the G1 Schweppes 150th Sydney Cup, one of four Group 1 races to be run at Randwick on Saturday. Drawn at pole position, the Tony Mc Evoy trained gelding gets the services of Glen Boss for the weekend’s assignment.
Conqueror of G1 Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist in the 2014 G2 Herbert Power Stakes, Big Memory has won or placed in 14 of his 23 outings and has earnings of over AUS$500 000 to his credit.
A good performance in Saturday’s Group One contest will see the Big Memory be aimed at the 2015 Melbourne Cup.
Duke Of Marmalade, who had a notable double at Lingfield on Wednesday afternoon, is also a half brother to the highly regarded 3yo Giovanni Canaletto, a leading hope for this year’s Investec Derby and a potential feature race contender this weekend.
A full brother to former Investec Derby hero Ruler Of The World (currently standing his first season at Coolmore), Giovanni Canaletto has been entered in Sunday’s G3 P.G. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes at the Curragh.
The Ballysax is noted classic trial, having been won previously by the likes of Jet Ski Lady, Galileo and High Chaparral –all of whom went on to taste English classic success. Other notable winners of the Ballysax include Irish Derby hero Fame And Glory, legendary four time Ascot Gold Cup victor Yeats, and Yorkshire Oaks winner Key Change.