Drakenstein Stud’s exceptional young sire Duke Of Marmalade was back in the headlines this weekend.
This time, “The Duke” was represented by a US graded stakes winner in the form of his son Can’thelpbelieving.
Third in the recent G1 Man O’ War Stakes, Can’thelpbelieving picked up the first graded win of his career when romping home to victory in Sunday’s G3 Cliff Hanger Stakes at Monmouth Park.
Can’thelpbelieving sat in the middle of the pack behind the early pace of Il Segreto before moving to the outside and finishing with a rush to score the 2 ¾ length win in the Grade 3, $100,000 Cliff Hanger Stakes.Ridden by Trevor McCarthy, the Graham Motion trained gelding has now won times for earnings of $309 907.
Plans remain fluid for Can’thelpbeliving, who has now won or placed in four feature races.
Can’thelpbelieving is the 30th stakes winner for his sire Duke Of Marmalade, whose progeny also include Cartier Champion Simple Verse and the European classic winners Star Of Seville, Nutan and Sound Of Freedom.
A Cartier Champion, who won five G1 races in a row, the blue blooded Duke Of Marmalade will be represented a superb first crop of South African yearlings in 2017.
The Duke is certainly bred to enjoy plenty of success in this country with his relatives including former Champion Sire and Broodmare sire Al Mufti (sire of Champion Sire Captain Al), successful sire and broodmare sire Sportsworld and former Champion First Crop Sire Tiger Ridge.