Jun 25, 2017
It was an emotionally charged victory recorded by exciting debutant Queen Annabel at Geelong on Friday, the three-year-old enthusiastically cheered on by the Kelly family who race her in memory of their late father David.
"Annie as we know her was orphaned at four months," Travis Kelly explained. "Her dam Queen Trice was Dad's mare Queen Trice and he passed away not long before Queen Annabel was born."
"So we are very happy with this result, it has been very emotional."
Bred on a foal share with Eliza Park, Queen Annabel by Bel Esprit did not attract much attention at the sales and, having been passed in, was retained by the Kelly family with Sale based trainer Rebecca taking the reins having been there when the bay was born - "I pulled her out!" she laughed.
Showing great potential in her work and at jump-outs, Queen Annabel was sent to Robbie with the hope that he would be able to get a gauge on her ability... and she did not take long toimpress with Beth Schoen noting that "she has been doing everything right."
Always travelling nicely midfield along the rails, Queen Annabel was eased off the fence before the turn, gaining a clear run into the straight and reeling in her rivals - able to sprint clear late to win by an impressive 1 1/4 lengths.
"She did the job very professionally," Schoen said with jockey Nathan Rose adding that "she is a nice filly who having had a nice run was able to peel out and let down really well."
"She was still a bit green once she hit the front and she is only going to be improved."
Raced by Travis, Rebecca and Clayton Kelly with Matthew Boulton and Anthony Ruff, Queen Annabel is the fifth winner for Queen Trice, a daughter of Keltrice who also produced the speedy stakes placed dual city winner Queen Delight.