Duke Of Marmalade's Big Memory Finds a Way to Win Again
Mark Smith - Sunday, 5 March 2017

Some 874 days and 22 starts after Tommy Berry guided Big Memory (FR) to victory in the Group II Herbert Power at Caulfield in October 2014, the six-year-old son of Duke Of Marmalade (IRE) found his way back to the winners stall in Saturday's $120,000 Listed Roy Higgins Quality (2600m) at Flemington.

Completing a wonderful hour for trainer Tony McEvoy and Luke Currie after they combined to win the Group I Australian Guineas with Hey Doc, Big Memory (FR) courageously fought off the challenge Cadillac Mountain (Reset) by a half head with Settler's Stone (Savoire Vivre ) a further three-quarters of a length away in third. (photo Grant Courtney).

"I'm just so happy for the horse, he's such a good horse, very sound very honest," McEvoy said.

"He has run 12 seconds, beaten by narrow margins. It's been so frustrating I feel sorry for the horse to be honest. He really dug in today. 

"It looked like he was going to run another second and he just dug in a little deeper for us and I'm so happy for him.

"We will look to the Mornington Cup now, he was beaten a nose last year.

"If you look at the figures I think he has won $490,000 since his last win. So that says he has been running at a very good level without winning but that was a tremendous tonic for him today."

A winner at Fontainebleau when trained in France, Big Memory advances his record to 5 wins, 12 seconds and 4 thirds from 38 starts with earnings of $906,120. 

A French-bred son of the former Coolmore shuttler Duke Of Marmalade, Big Memory is the best of six winners out of the German stakes winner Nicar ( Nebos) a half-sister to the Group I German Derby winner (Acatenango).

Race 8 - 3aw Roy Higgins Qlty
Listed - 2600m

Class: Open. Track: Good(3). Time: 2:42.75. Sectional Time: 0:34.37 at 600m.
Prizemoney: $120,000 - 1st: $72,000 2nd: $21,600 3rd: $10,800.
 1   Big Memory (FR) T: Tony McEvoy J: L Currie

7g   Duke Of Marmalade (IRE) x Nicara (GER) (Nebos (GER) )
Not Offered
 2 0.1 Cadillac Mountain T: D K Weir J: Damian Lane

6g   Reset x Picholine (Dehere (USA) )
 Lot 131 2012 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale
Vendor - Yallambee Stud, Romsey
Buyer - Passed $ 120,000 / Reserve $ 150,000   
 3 0.9 Settler's Stone T: T W Blacker J: D Dunn
5g   Savoire Vivre (GB) x Rock Chick (Octagonal (NZ) )
 Lot 103 2013 MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale
Vendor - Armidale Stud
Buyer - TROY BLACKER  $2,500
 4 1.9 De Little Engine T: D T O'Brien J: D Oliver
6g   Encosta De Lago x Arapaho Miss (Danehill Dancer (IRE) )
 5 2.9 Annus Mirabilis (IRE) T: S J Webb J: Regan Bayliss
6g   Montjeu (IRE) x Love Me True (USA) (Kingmambo (USA) )
 6 3.7 Post D'France (NZ) T: S V Brown J: Craig Williams
8g   Postponed (USA) x Creil (NZ) (Frenchpark (GB) )
 7 3.9 Mujadale T: Dane Smith J: Ms N Beriman
9g   Mujahid (USA) x Newdale (New Regent (CAN) )
 8 5.9 Like A Carousel T: K M Keys J: C Newitt
7g   Helike (USA) x Carnival Ride (Spinning World (USA) )
 9 6.0 Northwest Passage T: G Waterhouse and A Bott J: Katelyn Mallyon
3g   So You Think (NZ) x Danevade (Danehill (USA) )
 10 6.1 Dandy Gent T: T and K O'Sullivan J: D Yendall
5g   Savoire Vivre (GB) x Gehenna (Ladoni (GB) )
 11 8.9 Double Bluff (IRE) T: R E Laing J: Ben Thompson
6g   Azamour (IRE) x Damask Rose (IRE) (Dr. Devious (IRE) )
 12 10.4 Almoonqith (USA) T: D and B Hayes and T Dabernig J: M Zahra
7h   Dynaformer (USA) x Bohemian Lady (USA) (Carson City (USA) )
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