DRAKENSTEIN CHAMPION PENSIONED

Drakenstein Stud announced the retirement from stud duties of their Cartier Champion, and five time G1 winner, Duke Of Marmalade on Wednesday.

Drakenstein’s Kevin Sommerville said the following about the champion son of Danehill.”Duke of Marmalade has been retired from the breeding shed on veterinary advice.

He will live out his days at Drakenstein Stud and watch from his paddock his ever growing influence as a broodmare sire around the world.

The Duke is the sire of 7 Grade 1 winners, namely Simple Verse, Rain In Holland, Big Orange, Star Of Seville, Nutan, Sound Of Freedom and Temple Grafin.

“It’s been a pleasure for all of us at Drakenstein to stand such an icon of the sport.”

One of the very best racehorses for his outstanding sire Danehill, Duke Of Marmalade won six of his 16 starts and was Cartier Champion Older Male of 2008.

He reeled off a memorable G1 five timer, winning all of the G1 Prix Ganay, G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup, G1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, G1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and G1 Juddmonte International of 2008.

Duke Of Marmalade was retired to Coolmore Stud in 2009 before being exported to South Africa in 2014.

One of six black type performers produced by his Kingmambo sired dam Love Me True (a three-parts sister to US champion and top-class sire Lemon Drop Kid) , Duke Of Marmalade is currently the sire of 78 black type horses, with his runners having grossed more than $40 million in stakes.

His stars include champion fillies Rain In Holland (above), Simple Verse and Sound Of Freedom, as well as fellow G1 winners Big Orange, Nutan, Star Of Seville and Temple Grafin.

The Duke Of Marmalade sired Marmelo nearly provided his sire with yet another high-level win when he ran a close second in the 2018 G1 Lexus Melbourne Cup, while Duke Of Marmalade is also sire of such high-class group/graded stakes winners as Big Memory, Can’thelpbelieving, Venus De Milo, True To Life and Fillies Guineas winner Santa Clara.

With a number of top-class daughters now at stud, Duke Of Marmalade is poised to become a very successful broodmare sire in the years ahead.

Images: Duke Of Marmalade Images – Drakenstein Stud