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Sunday 21 January 2018

Collins' progressive Queen set for two royal engagements

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Connections of Majestic Queen could cash in on their progressive mare after Tracey Collins suggested that she could be offered for sale at Goffs' elite Kensington Palace auction on the eve of Royal Ascot.

A year ago, Ger Lyons' Cappella Sansevero topped the inaugural edition of the sale when acquired by Qatar Racing for £1.3m.

As a five-year-old of the fairer sex, Majestic Queen is unlikely to command such an eye-popping fee, but the daughter of Kheleyf is a smart racehorse and potentially valuable breeding commodity.

Impressive for a second time in winning a Group Three when successful at Lingfield earlier in the month, she enhanced her reputation when a close third to Mustajeeb on stepping up in class for a Curragh Group Two on Saturday, when Sole Power and Gordon Lord Byron were among those left trailing.

That saw her official rating raised two pounds to 106, so she would be selling with an allotted weight of 9st 7lb for Ascot's Wokingham five days later.

"The owners were going to put her in foal but I felt that she'd improved again, and they were very plucky to decide against it and keep her in training again this year," said Curragh-based Collins of a Thomas Rogers-owned mare that was acquired for €18,000 as a yearling.

"She's improving all the time and ran a great race on Saturday. She's out in the field now and having a little break.

"There is a chance she could go to the Ascot Sale in Kensington. She's very well bred, and the owners will have to make their mind up in the next few days."

Meanwhile, Ballydoyle's Cape Clear Island, Highland Reel and War Envoy could run in Sunday's Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly, while dual Arc heroine Treve returns at Saint-Cloud today.

Irish Independent

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