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Duke Of Marmalade - King George - 2009

Duke Of Marmalade: the "last great son of Danehill" at Ascot

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Duke Of Marmalade colt tops Fairyhouse opener

A COLT from the first crop of the European champion Duke Of Marmalade held sway in Tuesday's very solid opening session of the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale at Fairyhouse when falling to Willie Browne for €70,000.

The last great son of Danehill, Duke Of Marmalade carried all before him in 2008 when he ran up a sequence of five victories at the highest level and competition for his only colt on offer was strong.

Ed Sackville, standing with Tom Dascomebe, looked to have secured the Grove Stud offering on several occasions but he was outlasted by a determined Browne.

"I thought that he was the nicest Duke Of Marmalade that I've seen so far," commented Browne, whose purchase is a half-brother to the dual winning juvenile Jubilance. "He looks a proper horse and while the money was strong everything looks to be in right place with him. He'll be going breezing."

The final figures for the opening session improved on last year with the turnover of over €2.5m up 17 per cent on last year's figure. The average of €11,515 grew by 13 per cent while the median went from €6,000 to €8,200, an increase of 37 per cent. In addition the clearance rate was an excellent 85 per cent.

For much of the day the pacewas set by a pair of €50,000 lots and the first of these to come under the hammer was an Elnadim colt from Michael Dalton's Broguestown Stud. The half-brother to five winners out of the smart Dance Clear was bought by Bobby O'Ryan.

"I've bought him for Dermot Weld who has his two-year-old half-brother Riviera Poet who looked a very good horse when he won his maiden at Galway in July. He's a smashing colt," reflected O'Ryan.

Also weighing in with a €50,000 purchase was Armando Duarte who traditionally would be stockpiling talent for the breeze-up sales with his partner Emma O'Gorman but on this occasion he was acting for a client when he snapped up a Peintre Celebre colt out of Homegrown,a hugely progressive handicapper for Pat Tallis several years ago.

"He's been bought for Ken Gundlach who rang me this summer and asked us to try to help a buy him some yearlings with a view to racing them," said Duarte.

"Emma felt that he was as good a horse as was in the sale today. The colt will come back to us now and will go out into a field until October. It hasn't yet been decided who will train him."

Andrew Balding will take charge of a son of Acclamation after his mother, Emma, gave €42,000 on an Awbeg Stud-consigned colt was bought for 10,000gns at Newmarket last year.

"I've been trying for ages to buy one of these and this looks like a good, tough sort," remarked Mrs Balding, whose purchase is the first foal out of a winning daughter of Dansili.

Con Marnane was busy stocking up for next year's breeze-up sales and among his purchases was a €41,000 colt by the in-form first-season sire Dutch Art. Bought for 11,000gns at Newmarket, the chestnut is out of the Hopping Stakes scorer Ice Palace.

Earlier in the day Marnane spent €30,000 on a colt from the first crop of Sakhee's Secret and he also went to €36,000 for a relation to the Italian 2000 Guineas winner Spirit Of Desert hailing from the initial crop produced by Kevin Prendergast's crack sprinter Haatef.

"They're good sorts and I was glad to get all of them. I'm very fond of the Sakhee's Secret's, that the third one I've bought this autumn. Hopefully they'll be lucky next spring," reported Marnane.

Another sire well represented by his first crop of runners this year is Dark Angel and he supplied a popular filly from Yeomanstown Stud who cost Cathy Grassick €30,000.

"She's been bought for a client. I'm a big fan of Dark Angel and she's just what we were looking for - a good, sharp type and her half-sister (Nagham) was third in the Super Sprint in the summer. She'll be trained in England."






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