COOLMORE STUD RELEASE – In the space of less than an hour on Wednesday evening, in-form Duke Of Marmalade gained two more black-type winners across Europe.
First up was the Andreas Wohler-trained Guinnevre (3f Duke Of Marmalade-Galistic, by Galileo) who came home three and a half lengths clear of the field in the Listed Coolmore Stud Baden-Baden Cup over seven furlongs.
The Forenaghts Stud-bred filly was bought for 37,000gns at the Tattersalls December Yearling Sale by Tina Rau.
A few minutes later at Killarney, the Tommy Stack-trained Wannabe Better (3f Duke Of Marmalade-Wannabe, by Shirley Heights) took the Listed Vincent O’Brien Ruby Stakes under Wayne Lordan by two lengths.
“We have always thought a fair bit of her but she has just taken a while to get it all together. She has really stepped forward,” said Lordan.
They were scoring a week after another smart Duke Of Marmalade three-year-old filly, Venus De Milo (3f Duke Of Marmalade-Inchmahome, by Galileo) finished a good second to The Fugue in the G1 Yorkshire Oaks at York. She had been runner-up in the G1 Irish Oaks on her previous run.
Irish Oaks runner-up Venus De Milo (Duke Of Marmalade – Inchmahome, by Galileo) had little trouble bouncing back from her Irish Oaks defeat in Tuesday’s Group 3 Give Thanks Stakes (12f) at Cork.
Venus De Milo won the Listed Naas Oaks to remain unbeaten after two starts but Chicquita proved too strong for the Aidan O’Brien-trained filly in the Irish Oaks at Curragh on July 20.
O’Brien’s son Joseph took over from Seamie Heffernan aboard Venus De Milo in the Give Thanks Stakes and the jockey had little to do to find his mount the early lead.
The younger O’Brien was able to set a pace to suit his mount throughout the race as his opposition failed to pressure Venus De Milo, which left plenty in reserve in the long Cork straight.
Venus De Milo was wayward when O’Brien asked her to quicken inside two furlongs from home but she knuckled down late to score by 3-1/2 lengths.
The Ballydoyle trainer said Venus De Milo’s Group 3 win earned her a shot at Group 1 level in France in September.
“It’s an important race for her to win and while it wasn’t ideal being in front, you never know what can happen in these type of races if things get messy,” O’Brien senior said.
“She’s a lovely, big mare and will have a rest now before coming back for the Prix Vermeille at Longchamp in September.”
Venus De Milo became the first Group winner for Coolmore sire Duke Of Marmalade with her comfortable Cork success. The stallion has produced a further five winners at Listed level.
Duke Of Marmalade will be part of Coolmore’s 2013 Australian roster. The son of Danehill will stand for $16,500 in the coming breeding season.
Coolmore shuttler Duke Of Marmalade (Danehill – Love Me True, by Kingmambo) earned his first winner as a sire when Count Limonade (Duke Of Marmalade – Hoity Toity, by Darshaan) prevailed at Roscommon.
Count Limonade was having his third start in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders’ Fund Maiden (7f) on Monday.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained two-year-old set the pace before drawing away from his four rivals to score a decisive 3-1/4 length win.
“He kept it uncomplicated and he was genuine,” jockey Joseph O’Brien told wwwirishracing.com.
“I think that is one of Duke’s first winners and we have a few nice ones at home. He was very green in front but it was his first time on a track like that.”
Count Limonade is one of seven two-year-olds to make the racetrack in Britain and Ireland this season. Another three of Duke Of Marmalade’s youngsters have placed in promising performances.
Duke Of Marmalade’s first racing crop will appear in Australia next season.
Duke Of Marmalade will stand will command a $22,000 service fee when he resumes southern hemisphere duties at Coolmore’s Jerry’s Plains property in the spring.