Lady Laidlaw’s Delta Queen wins Kenilworth Fillies Nursery

Lady Laidlaw’s Delta Queen wins Kenilworth Fillies Nursery

February 24, 2020 / 1 month ago

Lady Laidlaw’s Delta Queen wins Kenilworth Fillies Nursery cover image
The connections of Delta Queen: Lady Christine Laidlaw (middle), with Karl Neisius (left), Dean Kannemeyer and Pippa Mickleburgh. (Wayne Marks).

They don’t come much better bred than Lady Christine Laidlaw’s Delta Queen, who led from start to finish to win Saturday’s Gr3 Capetown Noir Kenilworth Fillies Nursery over 1200m.

Delta Queen is a daughter of VAR and former J&B Met winner River Jetez, and, unbeaten in two impressive starts, she looks destined for the top.

Bought at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale for R2-million, Delta Queen outpaced her rivals and won by an easy 3.50-lengths when she made her debut on 8 February.

Delta Queen had to work harder for a three-quarter length win this time round, but the merit of her win is well illustrated in the form of the runner-up, Stuck On You, who had three places in colts company to her credit coming into the Nursery, two of them close up to rising star, Erik The Red .

Lady Laidlaw, on course to lead in her winner alongside Pippa Mickleburgh from Avontuur Stud, who bred Delta Queen with Cedric and Barbara Amm (co-owners of River Jetez) was especially chuffed since the Nursery was named after her Khaya Stables’ erstwhile star, Capetown Noir, the multiple Grade 1 winner now making a name for himself at stud. She enjoyed receiving the winners’ trophy from Karl Neisius, who rode Capetown Noir.

Lady Laidlaw said that she had been impressed with Delta Queen’s good looks from the first day she saw her, and that she was pleased to be back in the winner’s enclosure.

Trainer Dean Kannemeyer said: “Delta Queen has lots of natural speed and found another gear. I think she has a bright future ahead of her. Well done to Lady Christine, who also sponsored the race. And to my team and Jehan Malherbe of Form Bloodstock. I have never been one to chase my 2yo’s early. But she has shown us she could be ready for bigger things.”