Emerging sire Duke Of Marmalade produced his fifth individual first crop winner when his daughter Asgardella (2f Duke of Marmalade x Peaceful Kingdom, by King of Kings) claimed a narrow victory on debut over seven furlongs in the UK on Tuesday.
Having raced greenly in the early stages and been baulked for a run when beginning her effort midway down the straight, the Richard Fahey trained filly showed an admirable attitude in the closing stages to knuckle down and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
Asgardella is a daughter of the King Of Kings mare Peaceful Kingdom, herself a half-sister to the G1 winning colt Magistretti. The win of Asgardella is another fine example of the rapport that Duke Of Marmalade is establishing with Sadler’s Wells line mares, with two of his recent maiden scorers, Shake The Barley and Starbright, both being produced from daughters of Galileo.
Duke Of Marmalade has had just a handful of runners to date, but as well as the aforementioned trio, he also numbers the group performed colt Count Of Limonade and the unbeaten French filly Morning Frost amongst his leading progeny.
Duke Of Marmalade, a five-time G1 winning son of Danehill, hails from one of the best sire producing families in the world.
His dam, the group placed two-year-old Love Me True, is a three-parts sister to the top sire Lemon Drop Kid and Duke Of Marmalade is also closely related to champion sire A. P. Indy, as well as the likes of quality stallions Al Mufti and Summer Squall.
His first Australasian yearlings were widely sought after in 2012, realising up to $420,000 at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale and are set to be trained by many of Australasia’s leading conditioners.
Duke Of Marmalade will stand the 2012 season at Coolmore Australia at a fee of $22,000 (incl. GST).