Drakenstein Stud’s successful sire Duke Of Marmalade has made a cracking start with his first South African born runners this season and the five time G1 winner was at it again at Greyville on Wednesday.
Temple Grafin, a 2yo filly from the first local crop sired by the Cartier Champion, was favourite to make a winning debut over 1200m –and she duly obliged.
Given a tender ride by Richard Fourie, the Fran Cowe bred filly overcame greenness and ran on nicely to score a debut win by a neck –going away!
Out of the Greys Inn mare Inner Temple, Temple Grafin was a R300 000 buy from last year’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
Cartier Champion Older Male in 2008, Duke Of Marmalade has made a sparkling start with his first South African 2yos this season.
Temple Grafin aside, Duke Of Marmalade’s first 2yos include impressive filly Santa Clara (who holds an entry in the Listed Kenilworth Fillies Nursery) and impressive recent scorer Sans Regret.
To date, Duke Of Marmalade’s first SA crop includes six runners who have won or finished in the money, and, with plenty of well bred 2yos yet to make their debuts, he appears on course for a bright stud career in South Africa.
A proven sire overseas, with his runners including such high-profile G1 winners as Big Orange, Simple Verse, Sound Of Freedom, Star Of Seville and sire Nutan, Duke Of Marmalade has two yearlings on offer at the 2018 KZN Yearling Sale- including a colt out of a stakes placed Dynasty mare (Lot 102), and a filly out of a daughter of G1 winner Fanciful (Lot 186).