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Sarah Whitelaw

Last weekend was a good one for the progeny of deceased Cartier Champion Duke Of Marmalade.
Not only is the late son of Danehill sire of Saturday’s G2 4Racing Gerald Rosenberg Stakes winner Rain In Holland, Duke Of Marmalade is also broodmare sire of Friday’s G3 Prix Cleopatre winner Place Du Carrousel. A three-year-old daughter of Lope De Vega, and thus bred on the same Lope De Vega/Duke Of Marmalade cross as G3 Prestige Stakes/G3 Princess Royal Stakes heroine Antonia De Vega, Place Du Carrousel is out of Duke Of Marmalade’s very talented daughter Traffic Jam.

The latter, who hails from the immediate family of 2020 G1 Cape Racing Presents The Cape Guineas winner Russian Rock, won three times notably the 2017 G2 Prix du Conseil de Paris.

Not for a first time, a stallion is enjoying a fine posthumous season, with Duke Of Marmalade’s other flagbearers this season including G3 Cape Racing Cape Of Good Hope Nursery winner, and CTS Farm Yearling Sale graduate, We’re Jamming as well as Listed East Cape Oaks victress Bye Bye Bombshell.

However, it has undoubtedly been star filly Rain In Holland who has been the star turn for her five time G1 winning sire this season.

Rain In Holland is one of five G1 winning daughters of Duke Of Marmalade following the likes of Cartier Champion, and English classic winner, Simple Verse, French classic winner Star Of Seville, G1 Premio Lydia Tesio queen Sound Of Freedom and G1 Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes victress Temple Grafin. Duke Of Marmalade has enjoyed plenty of success in South Africa with his locally bred and raced daughters including not only Rain In Holland and Temple Grafin but also fellow graded stakes winners Santa Clara, Nastergal, and True To Life. The latter went close to becoming Duke Of Marmalade’s eighth G1 winner when she finished third in Saturday’s G1 Computaform Sprint.

This season’s Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara winner, and last season’s Equus Champion filly, however, also owes plenty of her ability to her dam and her own female line.

Rain In Holland is out of the Aqlaam mare Imvula -a lightly raced winner over 1600m and also dam of the very game but luckless filly Rain In Newmarket. The latter, a daughter of Galileo’s short-lived son Kingsbarns, has finished runner up in no fewer than six black type races including this season’s G3 Prix Du Cap where Rain In Newmarket finished second to subsequent G1 HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes winner Princess Calla.

Out of G3 (now G1) Falmouth Stakes third place getter Reason To Dance, Imvula numbers none other than famed G1 Vodacom Durban July dead-heater and dual Equus Champion, Dancer’s Daughter as a half-sister as well as the dam of G2 Cape Merchants/G2 Post Merchants winner Search Party.

Rain In Holland’s third dam La Nureyeva (a daughter of Nureyev to whom Rain In Holland is inbred) was a half-sister to G1 Gold Cup winner and former champion South African stayer Icona and South Africa’s current star filly is directly descended in female line from the very influential broodmare Gold Lily whose numerous high-class descendants also include outstanding stayer, and Arc runner up Westerner -sired, like Duke Of Marmalade, by Danehill!

Picture: The Drakenstein Stud homebred Rain In Holland Wins The Grade 2 4Racing Gerald Rosenberg under Richard Fourie on Saturday (JC Photos).