The progeny of
five-time Group I winner Duke Of Marmalade (IRE) have really come into their
own in recent weeks and he sired another first crop juvenile winner when
promising filly Starbright shed her maiden tag with ease over 1600m at the
Curragh in Ireland on Sunday.
The Lady O'Reilly owned filly travelled strongly on the bit for much of the race before drawing clear in good style in the closing stages to beat her twelve rivals in comfortable fashion.
Trainer Kevin Prendergast has big plans in mind for his charge, "She travelled well throughout the race and she will come back here for the 1400m G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes (on September 9th)."
Another daughter of Duke Of Marmalade who is Group I bound is impressive debut winner Morning Frost, who is being considered for Sunday's Group I Prix Morny over 1200m in France.
The last great son of the mighty Danehill, Duke Of Marmalade's first Australasian crop are two-year-olds of the 2012/13 season. His first yearlings were widely admired at the sales and as a result have found their way into many of the best stables in Australasia.
Trainer Mark Kavanagh, purchaser of the $420,000 Duke Of Marmalade – Lover's Knot colt at the Inglis Easter yearling sale, is already impressed by what he has seen.
"He's really surprised us with the manner that he has come to hand," said Kavanagh. "He's been very willing in everything we've asked him to do and he looks well above average at this stage. He's certainly one of my better two-year-olds and a very exciting prospect indeed."
Duke Of Marmalade (pictured) will stand the 2012 season at Coolmore Australia at a fee of $22,000.
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