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Regally Bred Var Filly Impresses On Debut

Blue-blooded two-year-old Delta Queen made an eye catching debut at Kenilworth on Saturday, when making all to score over 1100m.

Trained by Dean Kannemeyer, for owners the Khaya Stables, Delta Queen had shown plenty at home and was backed down to start a 17-10 tote favourite for Saturday’s Itsarush.co.za Maiden Juvenile Plate (fillies).

Quickly into stride, under Keagan De Melo, the Amm and Avontuur bred filly was always up with the pace, and when De Melo asked the question, Delta Queen kicked clear before going on to score a decisive and impressive three and a half length debut win.

Tapit horse Coup De Grace supplied the second, third and fourth home in Saturday’s contest, with his first-crop daughters French Fling, Venustus and Kiss Of Life respectively running 2-3-4.

A full-sister to G3 Lebelo Sprint winner Rivarine, Delta Queen (bred on the same cross as recent G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner Vardy) was a R2 000 000 buy from the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

A daughter of Avontuur’s dual Leading Sire of 2Yos sire Var, Delta Queen is the fourth foal produced by globetrotting G1 J&B Met winner River Jetez (a full-sister to triple South African Horse Of The Year Pocket Power).

River Jetez, whose six graded victories also included the 2011 G2 Balanchine Stakes, has a Silvano colt entered for the 2020 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.