QUEEN REIGNS IN PADDOCK STAKES TRIUMPH

South Africa’s reigning Horse Of The Year Summer Pudding lost her unbeaten record when finishing unplaced in Saturday’s G1 Cartier Paddock Stakes (1800m). An impressive winner of the G1 World Sports Betting Gauteng Summer Cup last time out, Summer Pudding was making her first start at Kenilworth but never looked threatening and could only finish seventh in the 2021 Paddock Stakes.

For a second year in a row, the Mike de Kock trained Queen Supreme won the Cartier Paddock Stakes, making up plenty of ground to record her second win in the Paddock Stakes, and, in the process, picking up an automatic berth for the 2021 G1 Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.

The Irish mare came into Saturday’s R500 000 feature for fillies and mares off a facile four and a quarter length win in pinnacle stakes at Turffontein, and connections were confident of a big run from the chestnut.

Under jockey Keagan De Melo, Queen Supreme (3-1) sat mid-division in Saturday’s race, and when De Melo asked the question, she shot clear to score by two and a quarter lengths. Dual Majorca Stakes winner Clouds Unfold (6-1) continued the good run enjoyed by her trainer Candice Bass-Robinson and ran second, with 3yos Princess Calla (16-1) and Chat Ching (18-1) showing promise in taking third and fourth spots respectively.

Queen Supreme, whose trainer said after the race that the Paddock Stakes was her main mission, claimed her second Paddock Stakes win in a time of 110.32, with the quirky chestnut having now won seven of just 13 starts and has banked R1 595 700.

Bred by Tom Hassett, Queen Supreme was a 130 000 euro buy from the Goffs Orby Yearling Sale of, when knocked down to Form Bloodstock’s Jehan Malherbe.

The five-year-old is one of 179 stakes winners for Darley’s evergreen Danehill horse Exceed And Excel, with Queen Supreme’s dam Call Later (by Gone West) an unraced half-sister to four time G1 winner Ventura (dam of G3 Prix de Lieurey winner Fount).

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