DRAKENSTEIN’s Stud stallions, Duke Of Marmalade (IRE) and Futura delivered notable Graded successes on Vodacom Durban July day, almost as if prompted to do so less than a week ahead of the 2020 BSA National Yearling Sale.

Duke Of Marmalade recorded his first South African Gr1 winner when four-year-old filly Temple Grafin won the Garden Province Stakes for Glen Kotzen, while two-year-old gelding Nourbese (Corne Spies) finished powerfully in the Gr2 Golden Horseshoe, similarly upsetting the favourites.

There is a perception that Duke Of Marmalade only sires good fillies, but Drakenstein’s Kevin Sommerville said this is simply based the fact that his fillies have been the more prominent in his first few seasons, inc luding Temple Grafin, Santa Clara, Seville Orange and True To Life.

“It really is just the way things worked out with certain matings – the good fillies came first – but this could change and everything could look different a year on. Duke Of Marmalade has sired super male runners in Europe, including Gr1 winner Big Orange, Gr2 winners in the US and Australia and here in South Africa Moofeed won a Gr3.

“He has three lots on the National Sale, including Lot 22, quite a big half-brother to champion sprinter Kasimir, from the mare Aquatint, a very nice specimen.

“The other is Spinner, by Galileo. He’s a half-brother to Mike de Kock’s up-and coming handicapper Fired Up, whose sire, like Duke Of Marmalade, is by Danehill. It’s a good cross.”

Futura (Dynasty) has had five individual first-season winners from only 23 runners, several of which were only stepped out in the last few weeks, following lockdown.

Sommerville commented: “We are very pleased with what Futura has achieved so far, and the trainers like them. Nourbese was his first Graded winner, and Jasmine finished a close third in the Golden Slipper. They are forward, and this is somewhat surprising but also wonderful considering that Futura himself only started racing as a three-year-old.

“People forget what a fantastic horse Futura was. He completed a Gr1 Queen’s Plate/Met double and won the Gr1 Champion Stakes twice. He as all the makings of a top stallion.”

Futura has eight lots on offer at Nationals, including Lot 256, a colt born from Gr1 winner Little Miss Magic that Sommerville describes as “strong, typical of the family”, and Lot 150, a very nice filly from Flaming Dame (Jet Master).

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