Drakenstein Stud’s resident sires have enjoyed a magnificent run of success over the past few weeks, and their Cartier Champion Duke Of Marmalade was back in the spotlight on Sunday.
Duke Of Marmalade’s daughter Duchess Andorra became her sire’s 32nd stakes winner when she ran out a game winner of the G3 Denny Cordell Lavarack & Lanwades Stud Fillies Stakes at Gowran Park.
Trained by Johnny Murtagh (who himself rode Duke Of Marmalade to all five of the champ’s G1 wins), Duchess Andorra was always prominent under jockey Colin Keane and stayed on bravely to post a short head win over 4yo filly Laganore.
In picking up the first group win of her career, Duchess Andorra took her tally to four wins and 10 placings from 24 outings.
Meanwhile, Duke’s champion daughter Simple Verse (who was an impressive winner of the recent G2 DFS Park Hill Stakes) is likely to be aimed at a group race on Qipco British Champions Day on October 15th.
Simple Verse, whose wins include last year’s G1 Ladbrokes St Leger, could run next in either the G2 Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup or the G1 Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes, a race she won last year.
Duke Of Marmalade has enjoyed another fine season in 2016, and has been already represented by eight individual stakes winners, with his tally including such Group/Graded winners as Big Orange, Can’thelpbelieving, Diamond Made, Duchess Andorra and Simple Verse.