Coolmore shuttler Duke of Marmalade landed his first Australian winner when Navelina scored a stylish victory in the Winning Edge Promotional Hcp (1400m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Navelina (2f Duke Of Marmalade – Lush Liaison by Grand Lodge) had been runner-up at her first two runs and she the appreciated a firmer surface and a step up to 1400 metres. The filly powered clear from back in the field to score by a length from Voodoo Blue Magic (Longhorn) and Octane Flyer (Statue Of Liberty).
She is the third winner of a half-sister to G3 winning sprinter Fouardee and stakes-winner Sojustrememberthis. Trainer Darren Bell bought her for $30,000 at the 2012 QTIS Sale from Banchory Thoroughbreds.
Duke Of Marmalade (Danehill) was a Group 1 winner in France, England and Ireland before retiring to Coolmore where his first northern crop included a dozen juvenile winners in 2012. He has been shuttling to Australia since 2009 and was priced at a $22,000 (inc gst) fee last year.