The top class colt Giovanni Canaletto, a good fourth in the recent G1 Investec Derby, looks a big runner in Saturday’s 150th G1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.
One of four runners for Aidan O’Brien in the Curragh classic, Giovanni Canaletto, second to subsequent Royal Ascot winner Curvy two starts back, will be reopposed by Jack Hobbs and Storm The Seas, second and third respectively at Epsom, as well as the classic winning Qualify (Investec Oaks).
A son of Galileo, Giovanni Canaletto, who also holds an entry in the G1 Juddmonte International, has yet to finish unplaced in four outings and he is certainly bred to win a classic.
His own brother Ruler Of The World, now standing at Coolmore, won the G1 Investec Derby and over £1 million in stakes during his illustrious career.
Another half brother to the pair is Drakenstein Stud’s exciting young stallion Duke Of Marmalade, Europe’s Cartier Champion Older Male of 2008 and sire of the 2014 G1 Prix de Diane (French Oaks) winner Star Of Seville. The latter, a winner of four of her six outings to date, is likely to have her next outing in the G1 Nassau Stakes at Goodwood on August 1st.
Duke Of Marmalade, whose five consecutive G1 victories include both the Prince Of Wale’s Stakes and King George, is also the sire of 2015 Italian classic winner Sound Of Freedom, who also ran sixth in the French Oaks behind her paternal half sister.
Their dam, Love Me True, is a stakes placed daughter of Kingmambo whose three parts brother is none other than US Champion Lemon Drop Kid –winner of five G1 races during his career and over $3.2 million in stakes. He has since become a highly successful stallion, with Lemon Drop Kid having over 80 black type winners to his credit, including the G1 winners Christmas Kid (Ashland Stakes), Citronnade (Gamely Handicap), Lemons Forever (Kentucky Oaks), Richard’s Kid (Pacific Classic-twice), Santa Teresita (Santa Maria Handicap) and Somali Lemonade (Diana Stakes).