A fantastic start to 2013 for Duke Of Marmalade, that already includes two stakes winners, continued on Saturday when the Tommy Stack-trained Alive Alive Oh (3f Duke Of Marmalade-Higher Love, by Sadler’s Wells) ran out an easy winner at Cork.
The G1 Irish Oaks entry, carrying the colours of Sue-Ann Foley, had finished third on her only previous start last year and took the EBF Stallion Farms Fillies’ Maiden by an impressive four and a half lengths.
Stack’s son and assistant, Fozzy, reported that the Duke filly is now likely to step up in class to black-type company.
“She’s a nice filly and she’s a lot stronger this year,” said Stack. “We won this race before with Lolly For Dolly. Is she turns out half as good as her she’ll do. She may not have beaten a lot but she couldn’t have done it any better. She may go for the Listed Salsabil Stakes at Navan as stamina shouldn’t be a problem for her.”
Alive Alive Oh was bred by the late David Hardisty and comes from the family of 1,000 Guineas heroine Virginia Waters.