The Drakenstein Stud based five time G1 winner, and Cartier Champion, Duke Of Marmalade is the sire of former Cartier Champion, and G1 Ladbrokes St Leger heroine, Simple Verse.
The latter, in turn, made waves at Friday’s session of the 2019 Tattersalls December Foal Sale, when her Frankel colt made 600,000 guineas to top the headline session.
A packed Park Paddocks auditorium looked on as the regally bred youngster made his way around the ring, as Longview Stud’s Eugene Daly and John Gunther, standing on the rope with his daughter Tanya, traded six-figure bids. At the 600,000gns mark the gavel came down in favour of Gunther, but, having signed the sale-topping docket, the US Triple Crown-winning breeder revealed he had been acting on behalf of Tweenhills’ David Redvers. The colt was bred by a partnership including Sheikh Fahad and Redvers explained that the Qatar Racing chairman had bought out his fellow breeders.
The colt, closely inbred to Sadler’s Wells, is the first foal produced by champion Simple Verse, whose six victories included four group triumphs including both the St Leger and G1 Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes.
One of five G1 winners sired by Duke Of Marmalade thus far, Simple Verse banked over 960 000 during her illustrious career.
Her sire, responsible for more than 70 stakes horses in total, has three lots on offer at January’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale namely a half-sister (Lot 135) to promising 3yo Invidia, a colt (Lot 162) out of a half-sister to Equus Champion Jeppe’s Reef, and a filly (Lot 186) out of Sun Classique Handicap winner Dubai Gina.