Temple Grafin gets Duke Of Marmalade off the mark

Temple Grafin gets Duke Of Marmalade off the mark

July 30, 2018 / 1 month ago

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Temple Grafin (Richard Fourie) on her way to winning The Debutante. (Candiese Marnewick).

Trainer Glen Kotzen loves the progeny of Drakenstein Stud’s stallion Duke Of Marmalade so much that he’s tried to “fill up” for his Woodhill Racing Stables when he’s seen them on sale at CTS auctions. 

Kotzen won Saturday’s Gr3 The Debutante over 1200m at Greyville with R300,000 2017 CPYS purchase Temple Grafin, a daughter of Duke Of Marmalade and Inner Temple (Grey’s Inn), bred by Fran Cowe.

He said after the race: “This was Duke Of Marmalade’s first stakes winner in South Africa and it won’t be his last. He’s a stunning stallion. We have some super ones at home, unraced. They need a bit more time, but the longer you sit on talent, the better they become.” 

He said about Temple Grafin, who found strong betting support before the race: “We fancied her last time (in the Gr2 Golden Slipper), but the draw caught us out. Well done and thanks to Hugo and Suzanne Hattingh and Chrigor Stud. It’s easy to pick them, but you’ve got to find the money to buy them and we are grateful for their backing.” 

Jockey Richard Fourie commented: “She raced three wide, but I accepted our position. She had the quality to win from that position and off that pace. She lacks a bit of size, but she has everything else!”