China Horse Club Owned Filly Wins G2 Lowland Stakes

Media Release - Wednesday February 27

After Wednesday's $100,000 Group II Little Avondale Lowland Stakes (2100m) at Hastings, two fillies are deadlocked at the top of the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series points table with two races remaining.

Queen of Diamonds - Peter Rubery Race ImagesThe Lowland was impressively won by the blue-bloodedQueen of Diamonds(NZ) (Savabeel), who was a $640,000 yearling purchase at the 2017 Premier Sale at Karaka. Previously the winner of the Eulogy Stakes, she collected another 8 points on Wednesday to move up to a total of 18.

She is now the equal leader alongsideImelda Mary(NZ) (Ferlax), whose third placing on Wednesday lifted her from 16 to 18 points.

Queen of Diamonds was clearly superior to a quality field in the Lowland, capitalising on a perfect run just behind the leaders and stamping her authority in the straight.

She hit the lead 250 metres from the finish and kicked away, crossing the line a length and a half ahead of the fast-finishingShezathinka(So You Think) and Imelda Mary.

"She's not very lucky with the draws, but she has got that tactical speed at the start," jockey Matt Cameron said.

"She's bred to do anything and I think the penny is just starting to drop. She has had a few runs and she did a few things wrong last start and the start before, but she's up against big girls now and she is stepping up."

Queen of Diamonds has now had eight starts for three wins, three placings and $163,175 in prize-money for owners the China Horse Club.

"There were a few handy fillies in behind her today, so that gives us a lot of positive thoughts heading forward," co-trainer Andrew Forsman said.

Queen of Diamonds will now head towards the final leg of the Filly of the Year Series, the $400,000 Group 1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham on March 16.

In between times there is the ninth leg, the $70,000 Group 3 McKee Family Sunline Vase (2100m), to be run at Ellerslie this Saturday.

Vendor Cambridge Stud
Purchaser China Horse Club
Breeding Savabeel – Love Diamonds
Sale Lot 260, 2017 Premier Sale, $640,000
Bred by Sir Patrick & Lady Hogan
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