Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm’s bang inform sire Var looks to have another really smart sort to his credit in the form of exciting filly Delta Queen.
The latter made an eye catching debut at Kenilworth on Saturday, when making all to score over 1100m.
Trained by Dean Kannemeyer, 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.
A full-sister to G3 Lebelo Sprint winner Rivarine, Delta Queen (bred on the same cross as G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner Vardy and the exciting Miracle Flight) was a R2 00 0 000 buy from the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
Delta Queen is out of triple Horse Of The Year Pocket Power’s globetrotting own sister River Jetez, who earned over R30 000 000 and who won no fewer than six graded races while racing in five different countries. The impeccably bred River Jetez (a daughter of seven times champion sire Jet Master) is out of dual South African Broodmare Of The Year Stormsvlei.
The filly is the third juvenile winner (from 4 runners thus far) for Var (South Africa’s Leading Sire of 2Yos in both 2016-2017 and 2017-2018) this season. (Var is also sire of the promising two-year-old Miracle Flight an impressive winner of each of first three starts).
The sire of more than 20 G1 horses, Var has three lots on the upcoming Cape Yearling Sale.