Drakenstein Stud’s five time G1 winning stallion Duke Of Marmalade is set to be represented, as a broodmare sire, in one of the world’s greatest races this Saturday.
His three-year-old grandson Lone Eagle (who is out of the stakes winning Duke Of Marmalade mare Modernstone) looks set to take his place in Saturday’s G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes.
A close second in the recent G1 Dubai Duty Irish Derby, Lone Eagle had the form of his Curragh effort boosted in spectacular style recently when the winner Hurricane Lane stormed home in the Grand Prix de Paris.
Lone Eagle, a son of 2001 King George hero Galileo, is 13-2 to emerge victorious against brilliant ante-post favourite Love and Derby winner Adayar.
The colt has won four of just seven starts including the G3 Godolphin Flying Start Zetland Stakes at two and the Listed British Stallion Studs EBF Cocked Hat Stakes this year.
“He doesn’t do a lot at home, which is the beautiful thing about him,” trainer Martyn Meade purred of his stable star.
These good horses are so easy and straightforward. He came out of the Irish Derby without a worry and didn’t lose much weight with the travelling. He eats brilliantly and we don’t need to do a lot with him. He’s worked once since then, but what has happened since is the Grand Prix de Paris, which completely franks the form.”
Duke Of Marmalade, who himself won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes back in 2008, is also the sire of promising filly Rain In Holland, who holds an entry for the upcoming G1 Thekwini Stakes.