Azkadellia has justified her clear favouritism in betting markets with a gutsy performance to win the 2016 Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick this afternoon.
Azkadellia’s impressive Autumn Carnival form delivered a close second in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and third in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) most recently, and the mare did her chances of a maiden win at the highest level no harm this afternoon when jumping well and taking a good position within the Queen Of The Turf Stakes field, on the fence.
Cutting the corner rounding onto the final straight, the Shinko King mare produced a typically scintillating turn of foot to pull clear and hit the line comfortably ahead of a brave Heavens Above; Noble Protector running on for third.
Trainer Ciaron Maher was understandably thrilled with Azkadellia’s win in the 2016 Queen Of The Turf Stakes and revealed he will likely set the mare for the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) during the Brisbane Winter Carnival.
“The whole team has done a great job with the horses up here and it’s just great to get a Group 1 victory with her,” Maher said after the race.
“Our plan was always the Doncaster and slide her in on a minimum weight.
“I was hoping we’d get a heavy rating, but she ran as good as what she could hope for and she’s thrived and backed up well.
“I was always thinking the Stradbroke with her but it will be interesting to see what weight she gets now.
“I love getting up to Brisbane in the winter, so maybe she’s the horse.
“She’ll have a freshen-up now but the horses seem to thrive up there.”
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2016 Queen Of The Turf Stakes Results
|1||3||AZKADELLIA (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||Damien Oliver||–||8||57kg||$2.80F|
|2||12||HEAVENS ABOVE||Tim Martin||Tye Angland||2L||3||57kg||$13|
|3||5||NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB)||Robert Smerdon||Craig Williams||3.5L||2||57kg||$13|
|4||13||LADY LE FAY (NZ)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||4.4L||9||57kg||$16|
|5||6||ZANBAGH||John P Thompson||Blake Shinn||6.6L||5||57kg||$8.50|
|6||9||VERGARA||Anthony Cummings||Brenton Avdulla||7.6L||1||57kg||$21|
|7||14||BADAWIYA||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||8.3L||15||54.5kg||$10|
|8||8||ARTISTRY||Peter & Paul Snowden||Thomas Huet||8.5L||11||57kg||$21|
|9||4||MISS ROSE DE LAGO||Danny O’Brien||James McDonald||8.7L||7||57kg||$9.50|
|10||11||SLIGHTLY SWEET||Jason Coyle||Jason Collett||9.4L||14||57kg||$31|
|11||1||SUAVITO (NZ)||Nigel Blackiston||Luke Currie||10.1L||12||57kg||$12|
|12||7||CASINO DANCER||Mike Van Gestel||Sam Clipperton||10.2L||6||57kg||$101|
|13||15||PASADENA GIRL (NZ)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Kerrin McEvoy||10.5L||13||54.5kg||$51|
|14||16||RISQUE (NZ)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Damian Lane||10.7L||4||54.5kg||$15|
|15||10||CORONATION SHALLAN||Brett Scott||Daniel Stackhouse||13.3L||10||57kg||$101|