Triple Crown contenders for Day 2 of The Championships
The Championships continue this Saturday when Royal Randwick hosts the world’s richest 2000 metre turf race, the $4m Group 1 Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes, plus, the Group 1 Cellarbrations Queen of the Turf Stakes, the Group 1 ATC Oaks and the 150th running of the Group 1 Schweppes Sydney Cup over 3200 metres.
Triple Crown owners will be immersed in the big day with two runners from the stable competing. Both last start winners, Courtza King (Northern Meteor ex Kondari) and Denpurr (Denman ex Pampurr) take their place on the world stage, and each holds a great chance of earning a place in the winners circle.
Courtza King and Denpurr are both trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, winners of the $1m Sires’ Produce Stakes on Day 1 of The Championships with 2yo colt Pride Of Dubai. It has been a great feat for the pair to feature so prominently in The Championships during their first year of training in their own right, and it certainly cements their position as a leading force in Australia.
Courtza King is the half brother to Group 1 winner Hucklebuck (by Elvstroem) and steps up to stakes grade racing for the first time on Saturday in the $150,000 Listed South Pacific Classic. Winning his previous two of only three career starts so far, the Northern Meteor colt has shown plenty of promise both at home and on race day so connections are excited to see him take this next step up in grade. Glenn Boss takes the reins on Saturday where he will be jumping from barrier 1 and has only six rivals to beat home in the 1400m event. Courtza King was purchased by Chris and Michael Ward from the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Winter book for only $66,000.
Denpurr also represents the Triple Crown team on Saturday, lining up in the $500,000 Group 3 Percy Sykes Stakes at only her second race start. She was an impressive winner at Warwick Farm first up this preparation when setting a new class record over 1100m. Purchased from the Coolmore draft at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast and syndicated by the Ward brothers, she is from the half sister to Niagra Falls (dam of Elite Falls) and the family of Group 1 Melbourne Cup winner Subzero.
Best of luck to all connections!