Duke Of Marmalade Stallion
Duke Of Marmalade Stallion

Duke Of Marmalade (USA)

(Photo : Racing NSW)

Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale

TBA Sales Complex, Germiston, South Africa

27 - 29 April 2012

Market-watchers in the racing world would’ve noticed that the session-topper on the first day of Australia’s most prestigious yearling sale in Sydney, was an Encosta De Lago daughter of the highly performed Absolut Glam, at Au$910,000 (in the region of R7,5 million.) It’s been a habit of Summerhill’s in the past six or seven years, to include in our draft the progeny of some of the world’s top stallions, and of course these graduates have included Horse of the YearIgugu (by Galileo), and her conqueror in the R2million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, Hollywoodboulevard (by Street Cry). This year’s consignment is no different, punctuated by three stand-outs, one of whom is especially topical today for the fact not only that he’s a colt by Galileo’s outstanding son, Teofilo, but because he’s from a close relative to Absolut Glam, dam of the session-topper.

Teofilo was an unbeaten Champion European Juvenile whose victory over Holy Roman Emperor counts as one of history’s epic duels in England’s juvenile jewel, the Dewhurst Stakes (Gr.1). Teofilo’s first crop successes include his own Dewhurst hero, Parish Hall, propelling him to the top of the freshman sires class’ in Europe last year, an achievement which prompted the Darley advert that he’s already outstripped his illustrious sire, Galileo, in his first year. Teofilo’s haul included a healthy four Stakes winners, among 22 individual winners overall.

Then there’s a daughter from the first Southern Hemisphere-bred crop of the world champion racehorse, Duke Of Marmalade. The “Duke” wasn’t just a champion though, he was bred to be one, a son of the only stallion in history to win sires’ championships in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, Danehill, from the female line of the Emperor of American stallions, A.P. Indy, and our own champion stallion, Al Mufti. But this filly has got more than just a quality sire in her top line; she’s a granddaughter of a famous Melbourne Cup (Gr.1) winner in Jezabeel. She won’t be short of admirers, because she’s a good sort into the bargain. That’s a good reason for any self-respecting South African trainer to have a crack at this one. According to the latest Coolmore propaganda, not all the leading trainers have his first 2 year olds in their yards but most of them do :

Leading trainers in Britain in 2011 :




Richard Hannon (x4) *


Aidan O’Brien *


Sir Henry Cecil *


John Gosden (x3) *


Mahmood Al Zarooni


Richard Fahey *


Sir Michael Stoute *


Mark Johnston


Kevin Ryan *


William Haggas (x3) *


Mick Channon (x3) *


* denotes “Dukes” in the yard.

Other trainers in Britain :


Marco Botti (x3) *

David Elsworth *

Brian Meehan (x2) *

John Quinn *

Kevin Prendergast (x2) *

Michael Bell *

David Wachman (x2) *

David Simcock *

Tommy Stack (x2) *

Elie Lellouche *

Paul Cole (x2) *

Freddie Head *

Dermot Weld *

John Hills *

Sir Mark Prescott *

Jean Beguigne *

David Lanigan *

Alan Jarvis *

Peter Schiergen *

* denotes “Dukes” in the yard.

To top it all, the leading first season sire in Australia right now (and the numero uno by winners on the general Juvenile Sires’ log) is the South American champion Husson, who has already chalked up nine individual winners including a Stakes winner. Like most of our colleagues, we didn’t know much about Husson when we agreed to consign his good looking athletic son, but we took him on trust, because we know the guy who bred him, and besides being a looker, he is a brother to Ill Saggiatore, last year’s KZN Derby (Gr.2) ace.

So besides the usual quality offering from the champions, there’s a touch of class in the exotics on display. Our horses leave the farm this Saturday for their date with destiny. We’ve got a busy old week ahead though, with visits from Dennis Drier, Tony Rivalland, Charles Laird and Mary Liley, and the daily spontaneous bypassers whose curiosity is prickled either by the mystique of the game in general, or out of a specific interest in finding the next champion off the farm.

summerhill stud, south africa
summerhill stud, south africa

Enquiries :

Tarryn Liebenberg 27 (0) 83 787 1982

or email tarryn@summerhill.co.za