Chilean, a grandson of Drakenstein Stud’s resident sire Duke Of Marmalade, stamped himself a colt potentially out of the top drawer when sweeping to victory in the Listed 32Red Casino Ascendant Stakes at Haydock on Saturday.
Trained by Martyn Meade, and ridden to victory by Silvestre De Sousa, Chilean (by Iffraaj), Chilean put distance between himself and his rivals when landing the 1600m contest for 2yos by three and a half lengths.
Chilean, now a winner of two of just three outings, was given a 33-1 quote for the 2018 Qipco 2000 Guineas following his facile win.
He is out of the Duke Of Marmalade mare Childa, whose wins included the Listed Prix Rose de Mai.
Five time G1 winner and Cartier Champion Duke Of Marmalade is enjoying another fine season thanks to his high-class sons Big Orange and Marmelo, with the former having captured the G1 Gold Cup earlier in the season and G1 Emirates Melbourne Cup hope Marmelo winning both the G2 Darley Prix Kergorlay and G3 Prix de Barbeville. Big Orange’s Gold Cup was given a handsome boost on Sunday with Gold Cup second Order Of St George romping to a nine length win in the G1 Corner Group International Irish St Leger.
Duke Of Marmalade, the sire of over 50 stakes horses, will be represented by his first South African born runners this season.