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Two Cape Premier Yearling Sale graduates – Delta Queen (VAR) and Tempting Fate (Master Of My Fate) – won their respective debuts in back-to-back Maiden Juvenile Plates over 1100m at Kenilworth on Saturday. Both were raised at Avontuur Stud and while they have different trainers, both were ridden by Keagan De Melo.

Dean Kannemeyer opened the day with the filly Delta Queen (17-10 favourite), a R2-million purchase for Lady Christine Laidlaw’s Khaya Stables and co-bred by Cedric and Barbara Amm , who co-owned her illustrious dam, River Jetez, the erstwhile J&B Met winner.

Delta Queen took up the running from the jump, outpaced her rivals and won by an easy 3.50-lengths. De Melo commented: “She flew out and we had the lead for nothing. I didn’t ask for a maximum effort, she was very green and has a lot of improvement to come.”

Kannemeyer said: “I had her on the grass once and she’s pretty quick, but I couldn’t stick my neck out, you never know with first-timers. They can get stage fright. She showed that she’s got ability.”

Dennis Drier saddled the winner of Race 2, Tempting Fate, owned by Brian Airey, David Abery, Eric Buhr and Mark Currie. A R550,000 purchase, this colt had to work harder to win than the filly in Race 1, but he was impressive all the same.

Drier said he’d given Tempting Fate a gallop before this race and that he was happy, though he thought that the colt would need one more gallop.

“This is the one colt I wanted at the sale and I bid on him. When I stopped, Brian told me to go on, thanks to him and the partners. This is a racehorse!”

Tempting Fate was born from the fast Gr3 winning Var mare, Miss October, a full sister to Gr1 winner August Rush, and by the beautiful way he strides one should heed Drier’s words an pencil him down in a notebook as one to watch.