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Duke Of Marmalade

Duke Of Marmalade: sired first winner in the 7f maiden at Roscommon

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

First winner for
Duke Of Marmalade

FIVE-TIME Group 1 winner Duke Of Marmalade was represented by his first winner on Monday, when the Aidan O'Brien-trained Count Of Limonade won the opening 7f maiden at Roscomon.

The colt, who had finished second on his previous start at Leopardstown, led from pillar to post under Joseph O'Brien to run out a decisive winner.

Out of the unraced Darshaan mare Hoity Toity, Count Of Limonade is a half-brother to dual Group 1-winning performer Lillie Langtry, also trained by O'Brien, and cost regular Coolmore buyer Demi O'Byrne €140,000 as a yearling at Goffs.

A tough and ultra-consistent performer at the highest level, Duke Of Marmalade showed high-class form as a juvenile, finishing second to Coolmore studmate Strategic Prince in the Vintage Stakes.

At three, the son of Danehill twice finished second in Group 1 company but it wasn't until he reached the age of four that his racing career ignited. Five straight Group 1 wins culminated with victory in the Juddmonte International, in which he beat Epsom Derby and subsequent Champion Stakes winner New Approach.

 

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