Seventh heaven for Stoute as Queen powers to Middleton success

Queen Power took Sir Michael Stoute’s record of Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Middleton Stakes winners to seven when powering home in the Group Two contest at York.

The five-year-old mare, owned by King Power Racing, pulled away from her four rivals in the closing stages to win for the first time in two years, after a string of consistent efforts in smart company.

Chamade set a reasonable gallop, with Queen Power settled nicely in third place for Silvestre de Sousa.

Making her move early in the straight, the 6-4 favourite overtook the pace-setter and pulled away to score by eight lengths. Chamade stuck her task gamely to hang on for second place.

Assistant trainer James Savage said: “We thought she was going to be a really nice filly two years ago.

“Today everything went right for her, she relaxed and got into a lovely rhythm early doors which meant everything went very smooth.

“She’s always threatened to do something like that and it’s great to see her do it.

“She’s a Group Two winner now regardless, so we’ll try to improve on that. She’s going to make a fantastic broodmare so that is in the back of our minds, but we’ll try to improve on this.”

De Sousa said: “A combination of the ground and the pace of the race all contributed. She travelled nicely and I never felt in danger, she settled really well. When I asked her she put the race to bed very quickly.

“I think 10 furlongs is her trip, but that’s up to Sir Michael over where she runs.”

Ralph Beckett, who trained Queen Power to win a Newmarket maiden as a two-year-old, said of the runner-up: “She ran a really sound race.

“As ever, while it’s lovely ground, it’s a shade on the quick side for her – she’s better with the mud flying.

“I’m very pleased with her and ground will dictate our plans going forward.”

Roger Varian was pleased with the performance of third-placed Cabaletta.

He said: “She ran a nice race and looks like she’s crying out to go back up in trip.

Silvestre de Sousa and Queen Power stretch clear
Silvestre de Sousa and Queen Power stretch clear (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

“I thought for her seasonal debut it was a nice run. She was little bit fizzy and a little bit gassy in the preliminaries and she’ll be better for the run.

“She galloped all the way to the line, it was just that when they quickened she didn’t have the tactical speed to go with them.

“She stayed on and and hopefully when she goes back up in trip she’ll be finding the winner’s enclosure again.

“She’ll have various options, including the Pinnacle Stakes at Haydock.”

Queen Power connections retain full faith ahead of Newmarket return

Queen Power bids to go one better than last season when she lines up for the Betfair Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket on Sunday.

The mare, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, made good late progress to get within a length and a quarter of Terebellum.

Queen Power backed that up that promising reappearance by running third to Nazeef in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot and then she was fourth to Fancy Blue in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.

Her season was cut short due to training issues after she disappointed when third at Salisbury as the evens favourite in a Listed contest. However, she is reported to be ready to return to action.

“She’s doing well very well. Sir Michael is very pleased with her. She ran very well in this race last year and we hope she can go one better,” said Alastair Donald, racing manager for owners King Power Racing.

“She had a bit of an interrupted season last year. We still believe we’ve not seen the best of her yet.

“It was nothing serious. She had some niggles that kept her off. She’s had a clear run now. We’d be hopeful of a good run. She deserves to win a Group race at some point.”

Lady Bowthorpe opened her Group-race account in the Valiant Fillies’ Stakes at Ascot in July. Her trainer William Jarvis is happy with the daughter of Nathaniel, who ended her 2020 campaign finishing sixth to Nazeef in the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket.

“She’s been working very well and looks in great condition for her first start of the season,” said the Newmarket handler.

“Probably in an ideal world we could do with a drop of rain, but I’m sure it will be good, safe ground.

“I couldn’t be happier with her and I’m very much looking forward to her running. I think she’s in a good place at the moment.”

Richard Hannon is pleased with Posted after she showed her well-being at exercise earlier this week.

“Posted did a bit of work on Tuesday, and she’s not pulling half as much as she did last year. She seems to have grown up a little bit, so I would think she’d have a very good chance,” he said.

“It all depends on how she runs, but she will hopefully be good enough for some big races this year.”

Lavender’s Blue and Fooraat, who were first and second in the Listed Snowdrop Stakes at Kempton four weeks ago, renew rivalry while Freyja, Indie Angel and Norma complete the eight-runner field.