Queen Of Pop whistles in at Ruakaka. Kenton Wright www.raceimages.co.nz
Commentator George Simon succinctly summed up the win by Queen Of Pop (3 B. F. Pins – Dame Mapperley, by Volksraad) at Ruakaka on Wednesday when saying, “she has dead-set given them one.”
Following the ultimate ride by James McDonald, camped on the first two throughout, the filly trained locally by Donna & Dean Logan and Chris Gibbs idled up to lead when still under a hold at the 250m before working clear without urging.
Said by Donna Logan to boast the right condition for a fresh-up win, following a convincing trial victory on the course a fortnight earlier, reverting back to Maiden company against fillies and mares over 1200-metres in the Vitel Cabling Maiden having contested the listed Foal Stakes at Ellerslie on debut and another strong two-year-old race at her subsequent Autumn start, allowed punters to be bullish.
$2.40 fixed was gobbled up and she continued to shorten in the hours leading into the race, closing at tote odds of $1.70 & $1.20.
Dean Logan said, “We’ve had a big rap on this filly. She trialled up nicely, her runs last season were very good when inconvenienced by the wet track and although I don’t like them at $1.70, she won as though she deserved to be that.”
Her Foal Stakes performance for fifth to talented filly Smoulder (Traditionally), when she battled on the slow going, underpinned her ability and that of stable confidence to contest a black type race as her introduction, while back at Ellerslie second-up the heavy footing again nullified her prospects of winning yet she fought resolutely for fourth.
Being a half-sister to talented galloper Le Baron (Golan), winner of the group two Great Northern Guineas over 2100m on good ground at Ellerslie in 2008, Queen Of Pop holds nominations for the New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas, and the Levin Classic, both group one events over a mile in the month of November.
Having won so impressively over 1200m in 1:11.42 on a track rated Dead4, already shown ability without experience to figure in good juvenile company on unsuitable footing, and with the knowledge of stamina traits exuded by Le Baron, Queen Of Pop appears capable of measuring up to the best fillies during the Spring and Summer.
In addition, Le Baron was prepared by the same stable before being sold to join the Whittlesea stable of Peter Morgan in Victoria, giving them an edge in family history.
Both Le Baron and Queen Of Pop were purchased and owned by Dominic Li under his banner IDL Racing Limited, managed by Maryanne Simon, wife of the commentator George Simon.
“Dominic puts a huge amount into New Zealand racing and he deserves to win a really good one”, said Dean Logan.