Drakenstein Stud’s in-form resident stallion Duke Of Marmalade had a hugely impressive debut winner at the Vaal on Thursday.
His three-year-old Drakenstein Stud bred and owned daughter Karino simply outclassed her rivals to win first time out by eight and a quarter lengths, when scooting up over 1200 metres.
The three-year-old, who jumped the well backed tote favourite, is trained by Michael and Adam Azzie and she was steered to victory by Callan Murray.
Karino is, however, but one of several promising three-year-olds representing Duke Of Marmalade this season, with others including G2 SA Fillies Nursery third True To Life, fluent recent winner Impressive Duchess, and Saturday’s G2 Western Cape Fillies Championship contender Larentina. The latter has won two of her only four starts to date and looks a progressive filly in the making.
The sire of 70 black type horses the world over, Duke Of Marmalade also stands poised to make his mark on the 2019 G1 Lexus Melbourne Cup set to be run a week on Tuesday.
His five time group winning son Marmelo, runner up in the 2018 Melbourne Cup, is a leading contender for this year’s big race, and is one of the more fancied runners in this year’s “Race Which Stops A Nation.”
Duke Of Marmalade, whose progeny include five international G1 winners, has two fillies on offer at the 2019 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, and five lots on the 2019 CTS Ready To Run Sale.
Original article written by: Cape Breeders Club