She might not be an Oaks filly yet, but come the autumn promising filly Marmelo (3f Duke of Marmalade x Apocrypha, by Octagonal) may well have what it takes.
The Chris Waller trained three year-old was sent out favourite for the restricted fillies event at Flemington on Thursday over 1700 metres and powered home to win by the best part of a length in an encouraging performance.
Allowed to settle at the rear from a wide gate, Marmelo weaved between runners for Glyn Schofield before surging to the line to claim her second win from just three starts.
“She’s a nice filly and she knows how to find the line,” said Glyn Schofield.
A $45,000 Inglis Classic purchase for her trainer from the draft of Bell View Park, Marmelo runs for a syndicate of Waller stable clients as well as Bell View Park, who retained an interest in the filly, who looks to have a bright future.
“I really like the Duke of Marmalade stock, they just need a bit of time as he did,” said Waller.
“I think she can be an Oaks type filly in the autumn.”
Marmelo is the first winner for Apocrypha, a placed Octagonal daughter of Group I VRC Oaks winner Tributes, so Marmelo has the pedigree to suggest longer distances will be right within her range as she matures.
Marmelo is from the first Australian crop of foals by Danehill five-time Group I winning son Duke of Marmalade, who is the leading European second season sire by winners and stakes-winners.
He stands this spring at Coolmore Australia at a fee of $16,500.