Wild Queen defeats champion filly Lotteria

AAP Racing - Virtual Form Guide - 4 March 2006

All eyes were on the return of Cox Plate runner-up Lotteria in the Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill but it was her underrated stablemate Wild Queen who stole the show.

The Gai Waterhouse-trained mare was allowed to get away with a cheap lead and made it all but impossible for those chasing to make up ground, running home her last 600m in a sizzling 32.88s.

The victory was Wild Queen’s 10th in 21 starts and Waterhouse’s stable representative Tania Rouse said the five-year-old kept stepping up every time they raised the bar.

It’s appropriate Wild Queen should win on Mardi Gras night,” Rouse said.

She just continues to go from strength to strength and we couldn’t be happier, Jamie Innes rode her perfectly.

We thought she was probably the biggest danger to Lotteria at the weights.”

Lotteria, having her first start since winning the Myer Classic last spring, had to concede Wild Queen 4.5kg and was outsprinted under her 61kg topweight but Rouse was
satisfied with her run.

She weighs 25 kilos more this prep because she’s grown so much and she probably just needed that to come on fitness-wise,” Rouse said.

The others just outsprinted her but she will go to the Group Ones now.”

Wild Queen was backed in from $10 to $8 and packed too many punches for her rivals, cruising to the line two lengths clear of the John O’Shea-trained Steflara with three-year-old Regal Cheer another half-head back.

Rouse said Waterhouse had yet to cement plans for Wild Queen’s autumn program but was looking at several options.

Where she goes from here I’m not sure but maybe a race like the Queen Of The Turf would suit her,” Rouse said.

She is also in the Doncaster.”

O’Shea was pleased with the effort of the Coolmore Classic-bound Steflara and said the winner’s sectionals told the story.

She (Wild Queen) made it mathematically impossible to win,” O’Shea said.

© AAP 2006 Published 04/03/06

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