G1 Irish Oaks runner-up Venus De Milo (3f Duke Of Marmalade-Inchmahome, by Galileo) brought a Group success for Duke Of Marmalade on Tuesday evening when winning the G3 Give Thanks Stakes at Cork.
The lightly-raced filly had won both her previous starts before lining up in the Irish Oaks and she looks destined for a return to the top grade after this facile victory. Joseph O’Brien made nearly all the running aboard Venus De Milo and she coasted to a three and a half length success.
“She’s an improving filly and this was an important race for her. Joseph said that making the running wasn’t ideal as she was doing plenty in front. But at the same time, you never know when these sort of races can get messy,” trainer Aidan O’Brien told racingpost.com
“She might mature into a really nice mare as she’s big and strong. She’s come a long way in a short space of time. The plan was to come here for this and then go for the G1 Prix Vermeille at Longchamp so that’s the way we’ll go with her now. I’ve been thrilled with her since the Irish Oaks.”
Venus De Milo, a 220,000gns yearling bred by Tullpark Ltd, hails from the family of Inchinor and top US performer Miss Keller.