Drakenstein Stud’s top class sire Duke Of Marmalade, whose son Marmelo contests Tuesday’s G1 Emirates Melbourne Cup, was represented by his 35th individual stakes winner when his daughter Daphne landed Thursday’s Listed 32Red EBF Stallions River Fillies Eden at Lingfield yesterday.
The four-year-old Daphne, who races for her breeder The Queen, was settled close to the pace by jockey Jim Crowley, before producing a fine burst of speed to hit the front a furlong and a half from home, before Daphne went on to score by a length and a half.
It was a first Black Type win for Daphne, who has now won three of her last four runs for trainer William Haggas.
The latter’s wife and assistant Maureen commented after Thursday’s Listed success, ““I wondered whether this track would suit her, but she quickened away nicely and we are thrilled to bits. It went to plan.
“She looked happy and ran really well. We had her in the spring but she had a nasty injury as she struck into herself that’s why she didn’t run for so long.
“I’m not sure what we do, she is in good form but I am not sure what races there are for her. She has had a very light year and if there are races it might be a good idea to kick on.”
It was also a winning debut on the all-weather for Daphne, who joins the likes of classic winners Star Of Seville, Sound Of Freedom and champion Simple Verse as high-class stakes winning daughters of Duke Of Marmalade. (Another daughter, Responsibleforlove, is a reserve runner for Saturday’s G1 Breeders’ Cup Filly& Mare Turf).
The latter, whose first local crop race this season, has enjoyed another superb year in 2017 highlighted by his top class sons Big Orange and the above mentioned Marmelo.
Duke Of Marmalade has three high-quality lots on the CTS Ready To Run Sale, including a filly out of a three time winning sister to dual Guineas winner Solo Traveller (Lot127), and a colt from the same family as G1 winner Pick Six (Lot103).
Original Article Written By: Cape Breeders Club