Certainties do not exist in racing but there is sometimes a horse that is very close to being one. Long odds on shots get beat but Queen’s Order made short work of her job when running out an easy winner of the 5f Trevor Woods Memorial EBF Novice Stakes at Pontefract.
The daughter of Delegator was a E50,000 purchase from the Tattersalls Ireland September sale, bought by Joe Foley who is manger for owner Steve Parkin of Clipper Logistics. Having trained for Steve for many years Kevin was again on the list this season and received 5 yearlings. Typically they were all cracking physicals with pedigrees to match but that doesn’t guarantee you may have a star. Fortunately Queens Order immediately showed that she was a nice filly and Kevin couldn’t wait to get her out to the track.
Having come through all the pre racing process, Queens Order came to hand and made her debut at the end of July. She headed to Pontefract for a 5f Maiden and it was a run full of promise. Having travelled into the contest powerfully, vying for the lead throughout, she just couldn’t match the eventual winner 1f from home when he quickened up. For a couple of strides experience told but then she gathered herself and chased home Pop Dancer to go down by 3/4 length, with 7 lengths back to the 3rd. It looked like the first 2 were useful and that was confirmed when Pop Dancer went and won again next time out.
Kevin sent the filly back to Pontefract 3 weeks later to try and go one better over the same C&D. This time around she was the one to beat as the field didn’t really match her level of form. The closest rival in the market was the Karl Burke newcomer Moon Power but the rest were judged to be a little way from the form Queens Order had shown on debut. Danny Tudhope was in the plate and it was quite clear what he was going to do.
Anything can happen in racing and it almost proved to be a disaster before the race even got underway. With one spooking and jumping forward in the stalls, the others followed suit thinking it was the time to jump out. Queens Order clattered the front of the stalls as too did Arriba Arriba who ended up breaking out through the back. Danny was quick to check over his fill and thankfully no damage was done but would it have a knock on affect at the second time of asking.
Once they got the unruly horse out and reloaded Arriba Arriba the starter got them underway quickly. Fortunately Queens Order showed no ill effect of the incident and she was smartly away, jumping to the lead and quickly up to speed. Knowing he was on the best horse in the race Danny just let his filly kick on and she set a strong gallop. Simplicity was the order of the day and Queens Order was in control from the off.
There was very little to worry about from a long way out. Queens Order showed great speed throughout the contest and did so with ease. The majority of her rivals couldn’t match her speed and there was only Arriba Arriba who could keep tabs. With Moon Power proving green throughout the race and others unable to go the pace, the race really was at the mercy of Queens Order.
Turning for home Arriba Arriba was still on the heels of Queens Order with 2f to run but now the leader started to turn the screw. Beginning to wind it up heading into the straight Queens Order started to open up. Arriba Arriba couldn’t go with her and Queens Order now pulled away hard held. Passing the 1f marker the filly held a couple of lengths lead and now Danny just started to niggle her along. There was no danger of losing the race but Danny was educating his filly. The final furlong was a precession but it was a chance for Queens Order to understand the feelings of finishing a race off. It was all hands and heels with Queens Order running out a very easy 2 length winner.
The race all revolved around Queens Order and she duly delivered. There was very little in the line up that looked to be able to beat Queens Order and it proved that way, especially with the newcomer proving very green. It was very much a piece of work for Queens Order but it was great to see her jump well after a nasty incident. Danny kept her up to her work which is also a positive. Queens Order is a smart filly and she does look like a pattern horse. There will be more to come from her and now Kevin could look to listed class for her. Although she showed great speed, she did see out the stiff finish very well so another furlong should be no issue. There are a couple of races at the Ayr Gold Cup meeting that could be ideal for Queens Order.