DUBLEO replica Queenian can no longer lay claim to being of Sydney’s ‘best maidens’ after a swashbuckling 5.3-lens in yesterday’s ATC Champs Cafe Handicap (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens.
Despite being a nose off winning the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes in the autumn, Queenian had been unable to breakthrough in eight starts before last Saturday’s crushing win.
”It’s about time; he should have won a race before now but he has been unlucky,” winning trainer David Payne said.
”Even at his last start where he ran third here, he got held up for a run. You start to worry that luck might never go his way, but he’s a good horse so it was a matter of time.”
Queenian is an outstanding example of his sire Dubleo and is one of 23 winners by Vinery’s former ace two-year-old.
Leading the way for Dubleo at present is Mick price’s crack mare Dubleanny who has won five races from just seven starts including three stakes races.
David Payne believes it won’t be too long before Queenian takes the next step.
”The colt is up to stakes level and he will win a good race one day,” Payne said.