Querari’s Mill Queen

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Querari’s three-year-old Mill Queen opened her three-year-old season on a triumphant note when she registered a first stakes success in the Gr.3 HSH Princess Charlene Starling Stakes at Turffontein.

Not seen out for 98 days, the David Nieuwenhuizen-trained filly launched a strong challenge up the inside, to draw alongside Vercingetorix’s Maine Chance-bred daughter Wisteria Walk 300m from home. In a fierce duel to the line, Mill Queen showed a determined attitude to win the battle by a long neck from her stubborn rival, who was gallant in defeat.

This was a third success for Mill Queen, who has yet to finish out of the first two in five starts. Runner-up to subsequent Ruffian Stakes victress Basadi Faith on debut, she then reeled off two victories at the Vaal and Turffontein. Sent to Durban, she put an exclamation point on her juvenile season with a fine second in Greyville’s Gr.1 Thekwini Stakes, where champion Gabor managed to wear her down only inside the final 50m.

Bred by Digteby Stud, Mill Queen is out of the homebredthree-time winner Moulin Grise (Grey Eminence).

Mill Queen’s first stakes success capped a fine run for Querari, whose recent spate of winners also includes another talented three-year-old filly in Querari Ferrari. Aptly named, she followed up on a winning debut when zooming to victory over 1450m at Turffontein.