Champion trainer Peter Moody and leading rider Luke Nolen combined to win the first race at Cranbourne on Friday night with talented filly Lady Tatia (3f Duke of Marmalade x Pride of Tatius, by Grand Lodge) , who scored a dazzling first up win.
Resuming from a spell after a fourth placed debut back in June, Lady Tatia showed the benefit of a break and a step up to 1400 metres to win as she pleased.
She travelled smoothly for Luke Nolen in third place and when asked to go forward and challenge coming to the turn, she grabbed the bit, zoomed around the leaders and kept going strongly to the line to win by four lengths.
A $40,000 Inglis Premier purchase for her trainer from the Tyreel Stud drat, Lady Tatia is the first winner for Pride of Tatius, a full sister to triple Group I winner Shogun Lodge and half-sister to Group I winners Referral and Singing the Blues.
Lady Tatia is a promising winner for young shuttle sire Duke of Marmalade, who has had a great year in Europe where he is the leading second crop sire by winners and stakes-winners.
A multiple Group I winning son of Danehill, Duke of Marmalade stands in Australia this spring at a fee of $16,500.