Jack Milner: Queen Supreme’s run in the Grade 1 Cape Town Met over 2000m at Kenilworth on Saturday will be her “last hurrah” in South Africa.
Trainer Mike de Kock has confirmed that the Irish-bred five-year-old mare will be exported after this race with the Breeders Cup meeting in the USA the likely goal.
“Her win in the Paddock Stakes has qualified her for the Breeders Cup meeting, the timing is enough to get her there, we’ve set up an adventurous partnership and we are keen to give it a bash.
“So, the Met will be her last hurrah,” said De Kock.
Explaining the decision to run her in the Met as opposed to the Grade 1 Majorca Stakes over 1600m against her own sex, De Kock added: “She’s already won two Group races against fillies so we felt the Met would add more value.”
He confirmed Queen Supreme is very well and he is hoping she will see out 2000m. “She almost saw it out in the Summer Cup at Turffontein in 2019 and that was as a young filly. Being six months younger than her peers because she was bred in the northern hemisphere, she was behind on weight-for-age. She has fully matured at weight-for-age and is now a lot stronger.”
De Kock is excited about the Met field. “It’s a quality field and has a nice spread of generations. That’s what weight-for-age races are all about. We have a really good three-year-old filly, four, five, six and seven-year-olds, and a mix of the sexes.”
Talking about how he believes the race will pan out, he commented: “I don’t see much pace, but I don’t see it slow either. I see an even tempo and that could suit Queen Supreme because she has got acceleration.”