Duke of Marmalade Leads Easter First Season Sires

Danehill’s five-time Group I winning son Duke of Marmalade has topped the averages for first season sires at the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

He starred on Wednesday with the half-brother to Melbourne Cup winner Viewed from Lover’s Knot (pictured) that made $420,000 and then backed up during the third session with the half-sister to multiple Group I winner Grand Armee from Tambour that made $300,000.

A big athletic filly with a head on her that was quite clearly put there by her sire, she was consigned by Coolmore and purchased by Hawkes Racing.

Duke of Marmalade proved a profitable choice for his supporters averaging $270,000, which is eight times his 2009 service fee of $33,000.

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