Drakenstein Stud’s resident sire Duke Of Marmalade, whose runners have been in tremendous form over the past few weeks, could be strongly represented at the Glorious Goodwood race meeting next week.
The former Cartier Champion looks to have potentially big runners in at least two of the prestigious meeting’s biggest races –the G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes and the G2 Qatar Goodwood Cup respectively. The Goodwood Cup and Nassau Stakes are set to be run on Thursday and Saturday respectively, and both rank as two of the biggest prizes of the five day meeting.
Duke Of Marmalade’s recent G2 Princess Of Wales’s Stakes winner Big Orange is due to be entered for the Goodwood Cup, one of Britain’s premier staying contests, while the champion son of Danehill’s G1 French Oaks winning daughter Star Of Seville looks a major contender for the G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes. She could be joined in the Nassau by another Duke Of Marmalade daughter in the form of G2 Ribblesdale Stakes third Pamona.
The 4yo Big Orange, also touted by connections as a potential G1 Melbourne Cup candidate, is a triple stakes winner and defeated a high class field when making all to land the G2 Princess Of Wales’s Arqana Racing Club Stakes at Newmarket last time out for trainer Michael Bell.
His paternal half sister Star Of Seville has done precious little wrong in her brief racing career thus far, having four of her six outings to date, including the G1 Prix de Diane Longines and G3 Tattersalls Musidora Stakes. Trained by John Gosden, Star Of Seville’s potential Nassau Stakes rivals could include classic winners Avenir Certain, Legatissimo, Pleascach and Qualify, as well as such G1 winners as Diamondsandrubies, Integral, Madame Chiang, Ribbons and Together Forever.
One of the premier events in the world on turf for fillies and mares, the Nassau Stakes’ roll of honour includes some of the greatest female equine athletes of all time. Past winners of the Nassau include champions Alborada, Aunt Edith, Islington, Ouija Board, Park Express, Russian Rhythm, Ryafan and The Fugue, to name a few.
Duke Of Marmalade, who has been represented by three individual European classic winners thus far in 2015, will be represented by first South African born foals later this year.
The five time Group 1 winner is currently the leading sire in Germany this year by stakes money with his German runners including the brilliant five length G1 Deutsches Derby winner Nutan.