May 11 2019
ISAAN QUEEN took her form to a new level at Chelmsford City on Thursday 2nd May, winning a fillies’ Listed race to complete a remarkable four-timer for Archie and the team.
The daughter of War Command belied her odds of 28-1 to out-gun higher rated rivals Chapelli and favourite Red Impression in a thrilling finish to the six-furlong totepool Chelmer Fillies’ Stakes.
She was produced with a determined late run by Oisin Murphy, who had earlier won on smart two-year-old Lambeth Walk to supplement the victories of Gold Venture and Clayton at Redcar.
Isaan Queen, bought by Blandford Bloodstock’s Tom Biggs for 42,000 euros at Tattersalls Ireland, had previously finished third in a six-furlong handicap at Lingfield Park in January.
Owned by Chris Hirst, she won on debut at the Surrey track as a juvenile before scoring again in a nursery at Great Yarmouth in September, but left that form well behind to secure valuable black type at the first attempt.
Archie says: “Isaan Queen rounded off an unforgettable day with a tough performance. She has benefited from her three-month break and really dug deep for Oisin to keep our fantastic run going.
“She ideally wants quick summer ground on turf and we will be looking towards stepping up in class again in the Ballyogan Stakes at The Curragh in June and the Summer Stakes at York in July.”
Lambeth Walk was carrying the colours of Qatar Racing for the first time when she supplemented her debut success in a novice race, initiating the Chelmsford double and becoming our 10th two-year-old winner of the season already.
She overcame a penalty and a wide trip to remain on course for a tilt at the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot next month.
Earlier, Hollie Doyle stole the show at Redcar when Gold Venture, an £8,000 buy by Tom Biggs at Ascot Sales, made a winning start for owners Saxon Thoroughbreds in the opening two-year-old contest.
Then, the horse who gave us our 200th winner last month, Clayton, followed up his success by justifying his short price in the 10-furlong claimer to secure leg two of our four-timer.
By Simon Mapletoft