In an exciting development, Drakenstein Stud’s exciting young sire Duke Of Marmalade now boosts an unbeaten European classic winner in 2015 to his credit.
His brilliant daughter Sound Of Freedom made it four wins in as many outings when cantering away with Sunday’s G3 Premio Regina Elena (Italian 1000 Guineas).
The Stefano Botti trained Sound Of Freedom, who is owned by Italy’s leading owner Scuderia Effevi, romped home to register a four length win in the 1600m classic, despite having to overcome a poor draw of 14.
Now a dual stakes winner, the very classy Sound Of Freedom is likely to be aimed at further classic glory, with connections planning a possibly tilt at Italy’s premier classic.
“I know that owner Felice Villa dreams of winning the Italian Derby (Ity-G2) with a filly, and Sound of Freedom could be the right one,” winning trainer Botti said. “She is very relaxed, has a strong attitude and can stay the 2200 meters. We will sit around a table and think seriously about it.”
Sound Of Freedom is just one of several exciting 3yo fillies to represent Duke Of Marmalade, whose Investec Oaks fancy Star Of Seville impressed with an easy score in a conditions race at Newbury and who now heads straight for the Oaks in June.
Duke Of Marmalade, whose first book of local mares included legendary champion Beach Beauty, has now 10 graded stakes winners to his credit – and this tally looks like rising considerably in the not too distant future!