Regally Bred Filly Lands Fillies Nursey
Blue blooded two-year-old Delta Queen justified tote favouritism, and maintained her unbeaten record, when making most of the running to land the G3 Capetown Noir Kenilworth Fillies Nursery (1200m) at Kenilworth on a wet and misty Saturday afternoon.
A fluent 3.5 length winner on debut, saw the Dean Kannemeyer trained filly sent off a 27-20 for Saturday’s R200 000 contest for two-year-old fillies, and she duly lived up to expectations, even if Delta Queen had to work hard for victory.
Quickly away under Keagan De Melo, Delta Queen was always prominent and the filly looked hard to beat 200m out.
However, 14-1 shot Fifty Shades Darker launched a menacing looking challenge down the outside, and De Melo had to ask Delta Queen the question with the pair staying on gamely to record a three-parts of a length win over Fifty Shades Darker.
In gloomy conditions, DELTA QUEEN (Var) stayed on well to win the Cape Town Noir #Kenilworth Fillies Nursery
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The latter, in turn, was a length clear of third place finisher Stuck On You (26-10), with the latter trained, like fourth home Favorita (12-1) by Justin Snaith.
Fittingly, Delta Queen races for Khaya Stables, who own Capetown Noir himself.
Bred by Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm in partnership with Mr and Mrs Amm, Delta Queen was a R2 000 000 buy from the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
One of 50 stakes winners for Avontuur’s G1 winning sire Var (South Africa’s Leading Sire of 2Yos in both 2016-2017 and 2017-2018), Delta Queen is a full-sister to G3 Lebelo Sprint winner Rivarine, with the pair produced by G1 J&B Met winner River Jetez.
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