Drakenstein Stud’s exciting young sire Duke Of Marmalade looks to have a top class prospect on his hands in the form of unbeaten filly Sound Of Freedom.
The latter made it three wins in a row on Sunday when romping home in the Listed Premio Seregno stamping herself a filly of classic potential in the process.
Dispatched the prohibitive 0.15 favourite for the Seregno, Sound Of Freedom duly flashed home to score by three lengths and will now be aimed at the Italian classic the G3 Premio Regina Elena (Italian 1000 Guineas).
In the process, the Stefano Botti trained three-year-old became her sire’s 19th individual stakes winner.
The undefeated Sound Of Freedom is, however, just one of a number of promising sophomore fillies set to represent Cartier Champion Duke Of Marmalade in Europe this year.
The son of Danehill’s other promising classic hopefuls in 2015 include Star Of Seville, a leading fancy for the Investec Oaks, and potential Qipco 1000 Guineas candidate Pamona.
Winner of five Group 1 races on the bounce, Duke Of Marmalade’s previous stakes winners include the classic placed fillies So Many Shots and Venus De Milo.
Duke Of Marmalade, who ended 2014 as the Leading Third Crop Sire in Europe, also hails from a classic family, with his half brother Ruler Of The World (by Galileo) landing the 2013 Investec Derby and another half brother, Giovanni Canaletto, fancied to lift the spoils in this year’s Epsom classic.
A classically bred champion, with a classic future, Duke Of Marmalade, whose runners have already netted more than $8.8 million in stakes, looks on course to enjoy an even better season than the one he had in 2014!