Duke Of Marmalade stamped himself as the best turf horse in the world on the weekend when winning the Group I Juddmonte International over a mile and two furlongs (2000m) at the rescheduled venue of the Newmarket July course and this would have been good news for South African breeders as he is closely related on the female side to some of our best stallions and racehorses.
David Thiselton writes that Duke Of Marmalade is by one of the most influential sires of recent times, Danehill, out of Kingmambo mare Love Me True.
Love Me True hails from the outstanding broodmare Gay Missile via her daughter, Lassie Dear, who has become an internationally influential broodmare.
Lassie Dear, who is Duke Of Marmalade’s third dam, is the dam of our former champion sire, sire of sires and top broodmare sire, Al Mufti, as well as Wolfhound.
Al Mufti already has four sons at stud in South Africa, the proven successful Captain Al, the exciting prospect Victory Moon, former Champion Sprinter Cataloochee and twice Grade I winner, The Sheik.
Lassie Dear also produced the outstanding broodmare Weekend Surprise, dam among others of AP Indy, who is in turn the sire of the deceased South African stallion, Camden Park, as well as KZN Midlands sire, Mon Sang, and the Western Cape’s A.P. Magic.
That means our highest earning racehorse ever, Jay Peg, who is by Camden Park out of Al Mufti mare Laptop Lady, is in-bred 3x4 to Lassie Dear.
Weekend Surprise is the dam of another of our stallions, Tiger Ridge, who produced 11 stakes winners in the USA, before being imported here.
Another South African sire that has Lassie Dear as his second dam is KZN Midland’s stallion, Houston Connection.
Besides Lassie Dear, Gay Missile also produced the successful broodmare, Gallanta, who is dam of deceased South African sire, Sportsworld.