Cotai Glory filly The Platinum Queen ran a remarkable race for connections in Friday’s Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York to finish second to the older Highfield Princess and thereby justify the decision to stump up the £40,000 supplementary fee to run.
Bidding to become the first juvenile filly since Lyric Fantasy 30 years ago to win the prestigious sprint, The Platinum Queen showed blazing speed to take the field along during the early stages. Despite running a bit green when Hollie Doyle put her under pressure, she stuck to the task well, chasing the winner all the way to the line and pulling well clear of the Group 1 winner Emaraaty Ana.
Bred by us at Tally-Ho Stud and sold through our breeze-up arm at this year’s Tattersalls Guineas Sale (pictured below), The Platinum Queen is owned by Middleham Park Racing and trained by Richard Fahey. She previously broke the juvenile track record at Goodwood and once again, connections were naturally delighted with the performance.
“It was a great run and we've been beaten by a high-class animal,” said manager Tim Palin. “The Platinum Queen is going to give us plenty of fun. She has an Abbaye entry, you wouldn't know whether the ground would suit her or not but you'd have thought that would be the logical place to go. You could go for the Flying Childers - this is the stuff dreams are made of, sitting down Aidan O'Brien-style and deciding, because we've got two or three for the Childers! It's a privilege to have those kind of decisions to make.”
She is from the second crop of Cotai Glory, last year’s leading first-crop sire, and is out of Thrilled, a daughter of our own Kodiac. In addition, Thrilled is a Tally-Ho-bred as a daughter of Fuerta Ventura, also dam of the classy The Gold Cheongsam.
We offer a Galileo Gold half-brother to The Platinum Queen as Lot 280 in the Goffs UK Premier Sale.
The Platinum Queen is one of 12 black-type performers from the first crop of Cotai Glory. Others include runaway Group 2 Prix Robert Papin winner Atomic Force and this year’s Group 3-winning 2yo Bottle Of Bubbles.