Famous stayer and Melbourne Cup second Marmelo has been reported to be returning to Britain to stand at Norton Grove Stud in Yorkshire due to a two-year spell at Haras du Grand Courgeon held in France.
In a deal done by Richard Venn, who is famously known as the son of the retired Duke Of Marmalade was able to claim seven victories in a 22-race career for Hughie Morrison, which includes his victories from two Darley Prix Kergorlays, the John Porter Stakes and the Prix Maurice de Nieuil.
The eight-year-old, who came out second to Cross Counter for the Melbourne Cup held in 2018, appeared seven times in black type contests for the Fairy Story Partnership and Aziz Kheir, which includes his close second to the famous Vazirabad in the Prix Vicomtesse Vigier.
Speaking to the media, Morrison said via best Australian online casino: “Marmelo had a superb temperament, and was always easy to get fit being so clear winded. When the Australian vets scoped him post-Melbourne Cup they couldn’t believe the size of his windpipe!
“He was obviously one of the best stayers of his generation, but he also had the speed to hold the track record at both Chantilly and York over the Ebor distance.”
Norton Grove’s Richard Lingwood went on to add his thoughts, saying: “When he walked off the box I thought what a fine, big horse he was, he is 16.2hh, dark bay with no white and looks a proper National Hunt type.
“One can see why he was such a good racehorse, he is so relaxed, all he wanted to do was stick his head in his manger!”
The eight-year-old horse was named to be the sixth foal out of the In The Wings mare Capriolla, who is a placed half-sister to Derby Trial winner Saddler’s QuestI, as well as three-time stakes scorer Quiz Mistress and Listed winner Seren Hill I
Marmelo is a half-brother to six notable winners which includes four-time scorer Jedhi as well as Henry II Stakes’ winner Vent De Force.
Marmelo will be standing alongside Sogann, the unraced Frankel half-brother to Prix Morny and Jean-Luc Lagardere winner Dabirsim, who were all backed by nz online casinos.
In other news, Palace Pier was able to triumph with a narrow lead at the top of the table to become the newly crowned Cartier Horse of the Year despite suffering a defeat behind Baaeed in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Champions Day at Ascot last weekend.