Champion racehorse and promising sire Duke Of Marmalade sired another impressive debut winner from his first crop when well-bred filly Morning Frost (2f Duke of Marmalade x Evening Time, by Keltos) came with a strong run to deny eight rivals over 1200m at Deauville in France on Thursday.
The Christophe Ferland trained filly, a 47,000gns Tattersalls yearling purchase from stakes-winner Evening Time, had clearly been showing plenty of ability at home pre-race and was sent off a well-backed favourite in a competitive event.
Held up towards the rear of the field in the early stages, the grey filly produced a sharp turn of foot with a couple of furlongs to run which took her clear of her rivals before being eased down for a cosy success. The winning margin of a neck flattered her opposition and she is clearly a filly with a bright future.
The win of Morning Frost follows on from the eye-catching debut success in Japan last week of another Duke Of Marmalade two-year-old, the exciting colt Shake The Barley.
From just a handful of early runners to date, Duke Of Marmalade has also sired progressive colt Count Of Limonade, who shed his maiden tag in dominant fashion before running a credible third in the Group III Anglesey Stakes recently.
Duke Of Marmalade, a five-time Group I winning son of Danehill from the family of Champion sire AP Indy, will have his first southern hemisphere bred runners this season.
His first yearlings realised up to $420,000 at the sales in 2012 and are now in the care of many of Australasia’s finest trainers including the likes of Peter Moody, John Hawkes, Mark Kavanagh, Tim Martin, Guy Walter, Bart Cummings and many more.
Duke Of Marmalade is scheduled to stand the 2012 season at Coolmore Australia at a fee of $22,000 incl. GST.