The Duke’s Epsom connections
Drakenstein Stud’s beautifully bred young sire Duke Of Marmalade has strong ties to a number of fancied contenders for next year’s Investec sponsored classics at Epsom.
Duke Of Marmalade, whose half brother Ruler Of The World won the Investec Derby in 2013 and whose sire Danehill sired 2004 Epsom Derby hero North Light, is the sire of a filly strongly fancied for next year’s Oaks, while yet another half brother to The Duke currently ranks as one of the leading contenders (in the betting markets) for next’s year’s English Derby.
Giovanni Canaletto (a Galileo sired half brother to Duke Of Marmalade) was quoted a 16-1 shot (by Paddy Power) for next year’s Investec Derby, following the colt’s effortless, six and a half length victory at Leopardstown recently. Like Duke Of Marmalade and Ruler Of The World, Giovanni Canaletto is trained by Aidan O’Brien – who is bidding for a remarkable fourth consecutive win in the Derby in 2015.
Duke Of Marmalade is also the sire of Star Of Seville, currently the third favourite for the 2015 Investec Oaks.
The lightly raced filly, who made just two racetrack appearances last season, smashed her rivals when winning at the second time of asking by six lengths, and looks a really nice type in the making. Trained by John Gosden, Star Of Seville is out of the Selkirk mare Stage Presence.
Europe’s Cartier Champion Older Male of 2008, Duke Of Marmalade (Danehill – Love Me True) has been represented by 11 stakes winners in 2014 thus far. His stakes winners include Group 2 winner Big Memory – who defeated subsequent Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist when he won the Group 2 Sportingbet Herbert Power Stakes.
A five time Group 1 winner, Duke Of Marmalade is standing his first season at Drakenstein Stud for a fee of R100 000.