Zabeel Queen rules on debut
The colours of Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum were carried to success in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes by Postponed back in 2015 and the owner enjoyed success on QIPCO King George Diamond Day in 2020 when Zabeel Queen (Roger Varian/Andrea Atzeni, 5/1) made a winning debut in the Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Fillies’ Novice Stakes.
A daughter of Frankel out of Listed-placed Dubai Queen, Zabeel Queen was settled off the pace before being delivered with her challenge up the stands’ rail over a furlong from home. She stayed on well, getting up to score by a length and a quarter from Snow Lantern (Richard Hannon/Pat Dobbs, 6/1). A further neck away in third was 15/8 favourite Isle Of May (John Gosden/Frankie Dettori).
Successful trainer Roger Varian commented: “She has always looked nice at home right from the early days. She is not the biggest but is a very graceful mover and has shown up well on the gallops.
“Andrea gave her a lovely educational ride, because she broke very quick from the gates and it would have been very just easy to make the running, and she wouldn’t have learnt much just doing that.
“He got her in behind horses, then she raced maybe a touch green, first off the bridle, but she came home lovely, hopefully she has got a bright future.
“We have got to have high hopes for her, they were all bar one unraced but with flashy pedigrees, they looked a nice bunch of fillies, I would think the form will stand going forward.
“I would be surprised if the race doesn’t work out – there were nice types in the paddock, nice pedigrees on show.
“We will speak with Sheikh Mohammed Obaid – she is a filly I hope will have two or three more starts as a two-year-old and hopefully she has got a future beyond two.
“She could go back into novice company or a stakes race, maybe the race at Doncaster [G2 May Hill Stakes] but that is six weeks away. I will speak to the owner and make sure she is OK after this.”
Andrea Atzeni said: “Zabeel Queen is a filly that always showed something – there was always something about her, really.
“She is obviously a homebred by the boss [Sheikh Mohammed Obaid]; he owns the dam [Dubai Queen] and she is by Frankel.
“I think the first day she arrived in the yard Roger loved her – he kept talking about this filly – and eventually I got to ride her work and she always showed she was quite natural. A very good-moving filly.
“We thought she would run well today; we didn’t know if she was good enough to win, because I think it could turn out to be a very nice race. I think everything was fancied in the race. She will get a mile as well; it’s really great for the boss.”
1.15pm Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Fillies’ Stakes 7f
1 Zabeel Queen – Roger Varian 2-9-00 Andrea Atzeni 5/1
2 Snow Lantern – Richard Hannon 2-9-00 Pat Dobbs 6/1
3 Islay Of May – John Gosden 2-9-00 Frankie Dettori 15/8 Fav
Winner owned by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum
Breeding: b f Frankel – Dubai Queen (USA) (Kingmambo (USA))
Breeder: Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum
Time: 1m 27.85s
Distances: 1¼, nk
Tote: Win: £6.40; Places:£1.80, £2.20, £1.10 Exacta: £41.00