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Really Royal, the highest-priced yearling sold at the 2019 CTS Cape Premier Sale, made an exciting winning debut in a Juvenile Plate over 1200m at Kenilworth on Monday.

The R4-million daughter of the late champion sire Captain Al and the Fort Wood mare Pagan Princess had been showing her connections the kind work they would have hoped for from a filly with such a pedigree. That they placed her in a race against winners first time, reflected their confidence.

Really Royal drifted from 1-1 to 17-10 in the face of support for well-performed Captain’s Flo, a speedy sort who shot into the lead and was still running strongly with 250m to go. Really Royal had tracked her throughout and, when jockey Richard Fourie let out some rein at the business end, she lengthened her stride and raced on by to win by half a length.

Really Royal is a full-sister to Gr1 Cape Guineas winner and William Longsword, now a sire at Klawervlei; and a half-sister to Gr1 South African Fillies Sprint winner Real Princess.

Jono Snaith, representing his brother Justin, commented: “Really Royal is a magnificent specimen. (Owner) Bjorn Nielsen put his money down and the pressure was on.

“Earlier in her career she had some niggles, and she wasn’t an easy horse for Justin to train, but she’s settled down. I liked the way she won, she looked beaten at he 200m and still got up. She wanted to win. I think there is a lot more to come from her.”

Fourie confirmed: “She’s got a big action. To have beaten winners on a soft track first time out, takes some doing.”

South African-born Nielsen, whose first local runner, Trickster, won at Scottsville last week, also owns Saturday’s Investec Derby favourite English King, who will be ridden by Frankie Dettori.