Regally bred 2yo Norway scored an emphatic victory at Naas on Tuesday afternoon. The Galileo colt, a full-brother to 2013 G1 Investec Derby winner and promising young stallion Ruler Of The World, smashed his eight rivals to score a six and a half length victory over a mile.
Trained, like Ruler Of The World and Duke Of Marmalade, by Aidan O’Brien, Norway was having just his third outing.
The chestnut, who is out of G3 Killavullan Stakes third Love Me True (by Kingmambo) holds entries in both the G1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes and G1 Vertem Futurity Trophy this year and is also entered in the 2019 G1 Investec Derby.
Norway, whose other notable relatives include Horse Of The Year and legendary sire A P Indy as well as 2018 G1 Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap hero Bee Jersey, is also a full-brother to the talented Giovanni Canaletto (third in the 2015 G1 Irish Derby) and a half-brother to Cartier Champion Duke Of Marmalade, who is currently standing at the Drakenstein Stud.
Cartier Champion Older Male in 2008, Duke Of Marmalade won six times, earning over £1.4 million in the process, with his wins including all of the G1 Juddmonte International, G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, G1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup and G1 Prix Ganay.
The sire of more than 60 stakes horses the world over (headed by G1 winners Simple Verse, Sound Of Freedom, Big Orange, Nutan and Star Of Seville), the son of Danehill has made a very bright start to his South African stud career with his first crop having already yielded such as Cape champion Temple Grafin, Kenilworth Fillies Nursery second Santa Clara and the exciting Duke Of Spin –a winner of two of his three races to date.
Duke Of Marmalade has two colts on offer at the 2018 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale and four lots on offer at the 2018 CTS Ready To Run Sale.