Drakenstein Stud’s exciting sire Duke Of Marmalade made a real splash with his first South African bred runners last season, and the five time G1 winner enjoyed local first crop award success when his daughter Temple Grafin was named Cape Racing’s Champion Juvenile Filly for the 2017-208 racing season at Wednesday night’s Cape Racing/Breeding awards ceremony.
Trained by Glen Kotzen, and bred by Fran Cowe, Temple Grafin won two of her three starts last season, and ended her campaign with an impressive one and three quarter length win in the G3 Gagasi FM The Debutante over 1200m on eLan Gold Cup day.
The filly was one of six winners to have emerged from Duke Of Marmalade’s first South African crop in 2017-2018, with other notable 2yo winners including Listed Kenilworth Fillies Nursery/Listed Irridescence Stakes runner up Santa Clara.
Duke Of Marmalade, who was South Africa’s third Leading First Crop Sire by earnings in 2017-2018 , is a proven sire the world over, with his 60 plus stakes horses including G1 winners Big Orange, Nutan, Simple Verse, Sound Of Freedom and Star Of Seville. His recent international high class gallopers include G2 Prix Maurice de Nieuil hero Marmelo and 2018 Oaks d’Italia second Flower Party.
The half-brother to Coolmore’s G1 Investec Derby winning sire Ruler Of The World has 11 lots on next week’s National Two Year Old Sale- including a half-brother to G1 performer Rose In Bloom (Lot6), a colt out of the Kahal sired G3 winner Enchanted Kingdom (Lot 237) and a filly out of Laisserfaire Stakes victress Joshua’s Mistress (Lot 324).