Duke Of Marmalade arrives at Drakenstein
Drakenstein Stud’s recent acquisition Duke Of Marmalade has arrived at his new home. The impeccably bred bay arrived looking an absolute picture – as these photos clearly indicate.
An outstanding racehorse who retired to stud with a Timeform Rating of 132, Duke Of Marmalade was named Europe’s Cartier Champion Older Male in 2008 following a season which saw the colt win five Group 1 races in a row.
The son of Danehill kicked off his championship season with a score in the Prix Ganay, followed it up with a comprehensive defeat of champion filly Finsceal Beo in the Tattersalls Gold Cup before producing a superb display to win the Prince of Wales Stakes, by four lengths, at Royal Ascot. Duke of Marmalade went on to add wins in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Juddmonte International before retiring to stud. His six career victories netted Duke Of Marmalade (who won from 1400 to 2400 metres) prize money of over one million pounds.
The exceptionally well bred stallion is from the last crop of foals sired by champion sire Danehill – whose 349 stakes winners included champion sires Dansili, Danehill Dancer, Exceed And Excel, Fastnet Rock, Flying Spur and Redoute’s Choice.
Out of the Kingmambo mare Love Me True, Duke Of Marmalade is a half-brother to 2013 Group 1 Investec Derby winner Ruler Of The World, and is from the same family as champion sires A P Indy, Al Mufti and Raja Baba, to name a few. He is also very closely related to US champion and leading sire Lemon Drop Kid, as well as one of the leading first crop sires in South Africa last season – Mambo In Seattle.
Duke Of Marmalade will stand his first season in 2014 for a fee of R100 000.