A champion son of legendary sire Danehill, Duke of Marmalade posted his first Australian winner when talented filly Navelina (2f Duke of Marmalade x Lush Liaison, by Grand Lodge) scored a stylish victory at Eagle Farm.
Second at her first two runs, the Darren Bell trained filly appreciated a firmer surface and a step up to 1400 metres, powering clear from back in the field to score by a length.
A $30,000 MM QTIS purchase for her trainer from the draft of Banchory Thoroughbreds, Navelina is the third winner from Lush Liaison, a half-sister by Grand Lodge to Group III winning sprinter Fouardee and stakes-winner Sojustrememberthis.
Navelina comes from a family that features a number of exceptional fillies including international Group I winner Sun Classique and Group I SAJC South Australian Oaks winner Gamine.
Duke of Marmalade has been in good form in Europe of late where his oldest progeny are three year-olds and include recent French stakes-winners Childa and Morning Frost.
Duke of Marmalade has two entries for the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.