Drakenstein Stud’s resident sire Duke Of Marmalade could, for a second year in a row, be represented by a runner in one of the world’s greatest horse racing attractions.
Duke Of Marmalade’s gallant son Big Orange, who finished a cracking fifth in the same race 12 months earlier, is among the early entries for the 2016 G1 Emirates Melbourne Cup –the race which stops a nation!
Big Orange, who recently scored repeat wins in both the G2 Princess Of Wales’s Arqana Racing Club Stakes and G2 Qatar Goodwood Cup, is one of 31 entries for the big race, with other notable entrants including G1 Irish St Leger/Gold Cup hero Order Of St George, former winners Protectionist and Prince Of Penzance, and the G1 winners Gallante, Jameka, Our Ivanhowe, Preferment, Provocative, Tarzino, Tavago and The United States.
To date, Big Orange has won seven times (and earned more than £760 000 in prize money), with his other notable victories including a pair of Listed features.
The Melbourne Cup will be held at Flemington on November 1st.
Former Cartier Champion Duke Of Marmalade, sire of Big Orange, has enjoyed another good year in 2016, with his runners including such graded winners as Can’thelpbelieving and Diamond Made.