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Animal Kingdom Filly Roars To Debut Victory

Tuesday, 2nd January 2018

Meanwhile from the same 2016 Magic Millions Arrowfield Stud draft that has already produced stakes-winners Snitzkraft (see above), Invader, Dracarys, Showtime and Pretty Fast, an Animal Kingdom debutante I Am Queen (Animal Kingdom-Cat by The Tale, by Tale of the Cat) has made a mess of her rivals over 1000m at Taupo in New Zealand. Singled out by champion Animal Kingdom's trainer Graham Motion and jockey John Velazquez at the Gold Coast Sale as a promising type, the $310,000 yearling has been patiently held back by connections but there was no hiding what she'd shown at home, consequently starting a strong favourite before surging away to a facile 4.3-lengths victory. Trainer Stephen Marsh suggested post-race that I Am Queen, who made most of the running, is not a 1000m metre type which augurs well for what she might show in the autumn over a longer trip. With 13 individual winners from his first Australian crop, champion Animal Kingdom will be represented by 11 yearlings at next week's Gold Coast Sale, among them 9 in the Arrowfield Stud draft. Also in the consignment is a Redoute's Choice half-brother to I am Queen, whose elder siblings include Group-placed city winners Raphael's Cat and Tale of Choice.

I Am Queen

Graham Motion (right) & John Velazquez with I Am Queen
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